Accident or incident investigations are an important procedure following any type of event where a near miss or injury occurred. Two benefits of incident investigations are it leads to finding the root cause of the event, and it also is known to increase employee accountability.
A senior EHS manager from Virginia, JA Rodriguez, did a presentation on worker accountability at ASSE’s Safety conference. He pointed out that there are two types of accountability. One, holding a person accountable. Two, holding yourself accountable. Workers must see that accountability starts at the top. Managers and supervisors must also hold themselves accountable for safety. They must lead their workers and recognize why a person behaved a certain way or what may have been missing in procedures that lead to the incident. Rodriguez points out that the best way to find real root causes is to conduct incident investigations.
Workers should be aware of company policies regarding incident investigations. The persons responsible for performing incident investigations should be trained appropriately.
What is an Incident Investigation?
An incident investigation is conducted to determine the true cause of the incident and make changes that reduce the chances of similar incidents occurring in the future. There are 4 key parts to a successful and effective incident investigation.
1: Respond to the Incident
2: Gather Information
3: Analyze the Data
There are number of different causes. Maybe the employee was not properly trained before performing his or her work tasks. As a result, training records should be well maintained and employees should attend annual safety training.
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4: Determine Corrective Actions
Once all root causes of the incident have been determined, recommend corrective actions that can help minimize or eliminate the chances of reoccurrence.
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