Your favorite sports team spends hours reviewing game film so they can improve their performance. It’s important for business owners to review their company’s past performances the same way a sports team does because in any business, things don’t always go according to plan. Does your company have an accident investigation program that can provide you with information so your company can avoid future accidents?
Workers and management will be more competent in dealing with the effects of an accident or emergency if you have effective plans in place to review and evaluate accidents and incidents. By reviewing accidents and incidents, your company can identify ways to prevent accidents from occurring in the future. The goal of a good accident investigation program is to uncover the basic causes of the accident or incident. A basic cause is the action or condition that resulted in an undesired event. A good accident investigation program also reviews near misses. An incident is a near miss and should also be investigated as it may prevent a future injury to an employee or damage to your property.
Make sure the accident investigation is used as fact finding and not fault finding. Eliminating one or more potential causes of loss can prevent most accidents from happening. Your accident investigation will not only determine what happened, but also why and how.
When conducting the accident investigation, it helps to have created an accident investigation kit. Some items needed in the kit might include:
- Guidelines and forms on how to conduct an accident investigation
- Pens and pencils
- Protective gloves
- Safety goggles
- Barricade tape
- Tape measure
The benefits of accident investigation include the following:
- Investigating your accidents and reported cases of occupational ill health will help you uncover and correct any breaches in health and safety legal compliance you may have been unaware of.
- The fact that you thoroughly investigated an incident and took remedial action to prevent further occurrences would help demonstrate to a court that your company has a positive behavior toward safety.
- Your investigation findings will also provide essential information for your insurers in the event of a claim.
All it takes is a little thought and planning to create an accident investigation plan that will keep your business prepared for the unexpected!
Loss Control Manager