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Accident Reporting and Investigation. Presented by H&S Officer name

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Why Investigate Accident / Incidents ??
Because Legal requirement Because Moral and Ethical reasons Because We dont want it to happen again And So we can Stop it happening again

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Definition of an Accident An unplanned event that may or may not cause personal injury / death or damage to the environment, property, plant or machinery.
Also applies to the so called Near miss It is still a deviation from the normal and therefore requires investigation.

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How do you do an investigation ?

Same as the police, Colombo, Frost etc...


Where necessary, barrier off the area and stop anyone from entering. Look for clues / evidence, take photos. Collect statements from the injured person(s) immediately, their information is crucial. Witnesses straight after injured person, before if injured person(s) unconscious. Why immediately ??

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Because they get whisked off to hospital You may not see them for weeks You may never see them again ever May never get information thats needed People change their stories AND AND AND AND

Inform H&S Manager, there may be RIDDOR Implications that need dealing with Immediately. Interview separately, any witnesses that SAW what actually happened, get a signed and dated statement.

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Then what ?? Complete an Investigation Report Form. Its been designed to help you find out what happened, why it happened and what we are going to do to stop it happening again. Check the Risk Assessment. Why ?

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Risk asssments may have missed something, many R/As may be affected.
Give you a chance to review the Assessment Procedures Work Instructions Training.

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Record the Immediate and Basic causes, often called Root causes .
Record Actions to prevent re-occurrence, could be a new guard, replace tooling after so many hours, a re-training issue.

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Ensure everyone tasked with an action knows what needs to be done, when by and to report back to you when the Action has been done. Inform H&S if person is off work the next day, could be Riddor reportable. If the Risk Assessment needs to be changed, ensure all concerned are informed and training records updated.

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Monitor the situation to ensure all actions are having the required effects Please remember occasionally.. corrective actions can make the situation worse.

Your incident and investigation will be discussed at the next safety meeting.

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Any questions ..