The Basics of Safety Through Several Years  Accident Investigation Through many years of accident investigation and research in the field of accident reconstruction, leaders in the field of occupational accident prevention have concluded that there are specific reasons why accidents occur. They found that worker safety is dependent on worker behavior and human factors. They developed ten safety rules and, while some of you may have heard them before, they are worth repeating: STAY ALERT - and stay alive. The more awake a worker is, the less likely he or she is to get hurt. If you are unsure how to...

Accident Investigation Accidents are unplanned and unexpected events that cause injury, property damage, and/or financial loss in the workplace. Incidents or “near misses” don’t result in a loss, but have the potential to do so. Ideally, safety programs focus on preventing accidents and incidents, but if one occurs, have an accident investigation procedure ready and train your employees how to use it. Investigate ALL accidents and injuries; the severity determines the extent of the investigation. Handled properly, accident investigation helps you look at problems, solve them, improve your safety programs, and prevent future accidents. Accident investigation should prevent recurrence. Adhering strictly to fact-finding in a neutral, non-confrontational...

Reporting and Investigating Accidents You should be constantly alert to potential causes of accidents - before they happen. All unsafe acts or conditions should be reported to your supervisor immediately, even if no one was hurt! A complete accident investigation determines the following: What happened? When did it happen? Where did it happen? Who was involved? Why did it happen? How can it be prevented from happening again? The observations of co-workers can be critical. As a co-worker, you can assist in an investigation by: Making mental or written notes about the accident before the investigation starts. Avoid talking to others before talking...

Accident/Incident Reporting Instructor Note: Before you start to talk, determine who the accident or incident information should be reported to (don’t forget the company Safety Committee) and who will fill out the Injury Report in the company office. The following points should be covered in discussing the importance of reporting and investigating accidents, incidents or near miss accidents: Guide for Discussion Always report any accidents or near misses to Employer. Any injuries needing first aid or medical attention should be reported to Employer. What employees do in the case of an emergency (first aid and calling for an ambulance)? Where is the nearest hospital? What is the...

Accident Investigation Accidents are unplanned and unexpected events that cause injury, property damage, and/or financial loss in the workplace. Incidents or “near misses” don’t result in loss, but have the potential to do so. Ideally, safety programs focus on preventing accidents and incidents, but if one occurs, have an accident investigation procedure ready and train your employees how to use it. Investigate ALL accidents and injuries; the severity determines the extent of the investigation. Handled properly, accident investigation helps you look at problems, solve them, improve your safety programs, and prevent future accidents. Accident investigation should prevent a recurrence. Adhering strictly to fact finding in a...