3 Common Mistakes of Accident Investigation

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October 12th, 2011

There are three common mistakes we find companies making when it comes to their accident investigation: Lack of training on why the accident investigation form is important; Poor accident investigation forms; and Lack of follow-through on valuable information gleaned from the accident investigation. This quick video explains these three common mistakes of accident investigation.

Poor Accident Investigation Forms.
Using accident investigation forms that concentrate too much on general HR information about the injured employee can waste valuable time during an investigation.  Streamline your accident investigation forms to allow the supervisor to focus on how and why the employee was injured.

Lack of training on why the accident investigation form is important.
Understanding why an accident investigation form needs to be completed, how to conduct an accident investigation and understanding an organization’s ultimate goal after an accident are essential elements that if not adhered to – can lead to poor results.

Lack of Follow-Through.
Often times great ideas spring from an undesirable circumstance.  Accident investigation forms are there to capture the how and why of an accident and also corrective action steps the company can take to ensure it doesn’t happen again.  This is valuable information that should be shared with safety committees and multi-location staff to improve the overall safety of the organization. Don’t overlook the follow-through on your great ideas!

For more information about accident investigation, one of our upcoming accident investigation seminars held in Waukesha, WI, or any other risk management concerns, please contact our knowledgebroker, John Brengosz.


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