Accident Investigations

Ensuring Safety And Reducing Fraud

 

 

Independent accident investigations can be used to establish fault. However, they can also reduce future losses by highlighting the underlying causes and identifying changes that are needed.

In order to carry out a thorough, effective and independent accident investigation, Heatherwood Risk Management work to an established, proven protocol:

IDENTIFY:

• Person(s) involved or killed, summon help and medical assistance as needed, and notify family/contact person(s);

• The exact location site of the accident;

• The date and exact time of the accident;

• All eyewitnesses to the accident and surrounding conditions;

• Foremen and other safety managers on site;

• All contractors and subcontractors working on site at the time of the accident;

• Employer and foreman of the injured worker(s);

• Personal protection equipment available and in use, e.g., tie-offs, lanyards, helmets, ladders.

 

LOCATE:

• All person(s) involved, either directly or indirectly;

• All warnings, signage and other safety devices on location;

• All flagging, tie-offs and barriers;

• Guarding and safety mechanisms;

• Warnings and manuals for all equipment involved;

• Contracts of all involved parties, indemnity agreements, insurance policies and certificates, notify insurers.

 

DETERMINE:

• Construction activities ongoing at the time of the accident;

• What was injured worker doing at the time of the accident;

• All environmental or weather conditions for the day of the accident;

• Basic cause of the accident, e.g., fall, collapse, equipment failure;

• General nature of the primary injury or damage;

• What companies owned or furnished any tools or equipment involved in the accident;

• Preserve evidence and/or document worksite conditions before altered by ongoing construction.

 

OBTAIN:

• Accident report;

• Police/Fire Department reports;

• Jobsite progress photographs and any accident site photographs taken;

• Any site, security or newscast videotape;

• Handwritten or recorded statements of witnesses;

• OSHA investigation documents and reports;

• Daily reports or logs for the day before and of the accident;

• Safety meeting records of all involved parties and for the project.

Remember, damage and injury accidents are both serious occurrences and can have far reaching consequences to your staff, your reputation and your business. It is therefore essential that you commission in depth, impartial investigations into the cause, effect and future prevention of incidents and accidents in the workplace.