From an industry perspective, the prevention of workplace accidents is the primary focus of accident investigation training courses.
According to health and safety statistics for 2018/2019 on www.hse.gov.uk
- 1.4 million working individuals suffered from a work-related illness
- 111 workers were killed at work (2019/20)
- 581,000 working people sustained an injury at work
- 69,208 workplace injuries were officially reported
- 28.2 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
Although prevention is key, incidents, near misses, and indeed accidents are all quite common in the workplace. Even what is deemed as a low-risk office environment poses some level of risk for an accident. This is why it is important to have standard operating procedures, guidelines, and proper accident investigation training to recognize and minimize hazards and risks to protect your assets.
An accident by definition is an unplanned, undesired event that results in harm or damage to property or a person. One wrong decision can start a domino effect of decisions that create potentially hazardous circumstances.
- Understanding the circumstances that contributed to an accident will help identify the cause of the accident. Any accident should be viewed as a learning opportunity.
- Once the proximate cause of the accident is determined, corrective actions can be taken to prevent the same or similar from occurring again.
- Discovering trends or patterns in accidents may help determine if procedures and policies need to be updated to keep people and property safe.
- Sharing information and findings helps to avoid future accidents and can reduce risks for others.
It is critical to conduct an accident investigation to determine the root cause of the events that led to the accident or injury at your workplace. The point of the investigation should never be to assign blame, but rather to uncover the factors that led to the accident so you can take corrective action to prevent it from happening again.
Many organisations fail to adopt adequate and comprehensive protocols for tracking injuries and incidents at the workplace. Inconsistencies in reported records and failure to report are common problems.
These practical accident investigation courses teach delegates how to respond to a workplace incident with confidence and following best practice. They cover facets of health and safety management processes and policies to ensure ‘due care’ and mitigate the risk for employer liability lawsuits.
What will set you apart
These intensive training programmes are aimed at any staff who are involved in investigating, handling, and managing employer and public liability claims. Delegates learn how to respond to and effectively manage incidents/accidents, from the initial investigation, through all stages of the legal process until the trial or settlement of the action.
- Independently investigate incidents
- Gather evidence including conducting witness interviews
- Prepare an action plan to avoid the recurrence of an incident
- Contribute to team investigations for large scale incidents
- Positively impact the safety culture in your organisation
Are training courses in accident investigation for you?
Accident Investigation Training Courses is suitable for line managers, supervisors, HR staff, safety representatives – and anyone with the responsibility for investigating accidents.
It will enable organisations to meet their moral and legal obligations to investigate accidents and incidents and learn from safety failure to prevent it from happening again.