A. Perform Accident Trend Analysis

  • Identify top cost and severity contributors
  • Identify top frequency causes
  • Create reduction targets

B. Examine Current Accident Investigation Process

  • Are investigations conducted?
  • Are corrective actions recommended?
  • Identify areas for improvement or upgrade or establish the basis for initiation of accident investigations

C. Determine Desired Outcomes

  • Accident investigations determine how and why failures occur
  • Use information gained to help prevent a similar or perhaps a more serious accident from occurring
  • Identification of root cause
  • Exposure of errors in the process that may have contributed to the accident
  • Provide basis for elimination of identified hazards
  • Decrease accident rates and workers’ compensation costs
  • Provide information for correction of unsafe acts or unsafe conditions
  • Make clearly articulated recommendations for prevention of future accidents

D. Prepare Training Program for Identified Investigators

  • How to identify root causes
  • What are at risk behaviors
  • How to identify workplace deficiencies
  • Identification of short-cuts or deviations from established procedures
  • Rule and/or Policy enforcement
  • Interviewing skills (who, what, where, when, why and how)
    • Who was involved or contributed to the accident?
    • Who witnessed the accident?
    • What actions and/or conditions led up to the accident?
    • Where did the accident happen?
    • Why did the accident happen?
    • When did the accident happen?

E. Corrective Action Process

  • Establish and explain the corrective action process
  • Establish safety rules and policies and train the investigators
  • Determine if you wish to have a return to work program and train your investigators in how the program works