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    INTRODUCTION

    Thousands of accidents occur throughout the United States every day. The failure of people, equipment, supplies, or surroundings to behave or react as expected causes most of the accidents. Accident investigations determine how and why these failures occur. By using the information gained through an investigation, a similar or perhaps more disastrous accident may be prevented. Conduct accident investigations with accident prevention in mind. Investigations are NOT to place blame.

    An accident is any unplanned event that results in personal injury or in property damage. When the personal injury requires little or no treatment, it is minor. If it results in a fatality or in a permanent total, permanent partial, or temporary total (lost-time) disability, it is serious. Similarly, property damage may be minor or serious. Investigate all accidents regardless of the extent of injury or damage.

    Accidents are part of a broad group of events that adversely affect the completion of a task. These events are incidents. For simplicity, the procedures discussed in later sections refer only to accidents. They are, however, also applicable to incidents.

    ACCIDENT PREVENTION

    Accidents are usually complex. An accident may have 10 or more events that can be causes. A detailed analysis of an accident will normally reveal three cause levels: basic, indirect, and direct. At the lowest level, an accident results only when a person or object receives an amount of energy or hazardous material that cannot be absorbed safely. This energy or hazardous material is the DIRECT CAUSE of the accident. The direct cause is usually the result of one or more unsafe acts or unsafe conditions, or both. Unsafe acts and conditions are the INDIRECT CAUSES or symptoms. In turn, indirect causes are usually traceable to poor management policies and decisions, or to personal or environmental factors. These are the BASIC CAUSES.

    In spite of their complexity, most accidents are preventable by eliminating one or more causes. Accident investigations determine not only what happened, but also how and why. The information gained from these investigations can prevent recurrence of similar or perhaps more disastrous accidents. Accident investigators are interested in each event as well as in the sequence of events that led to an accident. The accident type is also important to the investigator. The recurrence of accidents of a particular type or those with common causes shows areas needing special accident prevention emphasis.

    INVESTIGATIVE PROCEDURES

    The actual procedures used in a particular investigation depend on the nature and results of the accident. The agency having jurisdiction over the location determines the administrative procedures. In general, responsible officials will appoint an individual to be in charge of the investigation. The investigator uses most of the following steps:

    1. Define the scope of the investigation.

    2. Select the investigators. Assign specific tasks to each (preferably in writing).

    3. Present a preliminary briefing to the investigating team, including:
      a. Description of the accident, with damage estimates.

      b. Normal operating procedures.

      c. Maps (local and general).

      d. Location of the accident site.

      e. List of witnesses.

      f. Events that preceded the accident.
    4. Visit the accident site to get updated information.

    5. Inspect the accident site.
      a. Secure the area. Do not disturb the scene unless a hazard exists.

      b. Prepare the necessary sketches and photographs. Label each carefully and keep accurate records.
    6. Interview each victim and witness. Also interview those who were present before the accident and those who arrived at the site shortly after the accident. Keep accurate records of each interview. Use a tape recorder if desired and if approved.

    7. Determine
      a. What was not normal before the accident.

      b. Where the abnormality occurred.

      c. When it was first noted.

      d. How it occurred.
    8. Analyze the data obtained in step 7. Repeat any of the prior steps, if necessary.

    9. Determine
      a. Why the accident occurred.

      b. A likely sequence of events and probable causes (direct, indirect, basic).

      c. Alternative sequences.
    10. Check each sequence against the data from step 7.

    11. Determine the most likely sequence of events and the most probable causes.

    12. Conduct a post-investigation briefing.

    13. Prepare a summary report, including the recommended actions to prevent a recurrence. Distribute the report according to applicable instructions.



    This information came from an
    OSHA online article.

    *** Any law, statute, regulation or other precedent is subject to change at any time ***

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