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Duration 6 hour
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Course Time:6 hour


Effective Accident Investigation

4 students

Effective Accident Investigation

Effective Accident Investigation





Workplace accidents occur each and every day all across the country. Each year the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a statistical summary of injuries and illnesses (See summary below) that emphasizes this fact.

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.

National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2015

The overall incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases requiring days away from work to recuperate was 104.0 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2015, down from 107.1 cases in 2014. In 2015, there were 1,153,490 days-away-from-work cases in private industry, state government, and local government – essentially unchanged from the number of cases reported in 2014. The median days away from work to recuperate – a key measure of severity of injuries and illnesses – was 8 days in 2015, 1 day fewer than reported in 2014.

The Challenge

The challenge to any accident investigator is to report the findings in a well-thought-out manner to ensure management will ultimately adopt recommendations for improving its safety management system, thus solving problems long-term. It’s a common struggle trying to overcome long-held perceptions about safety and how accidents occur.

What is the purpose of this course?

This course introduces you to basic accident investigation procedures that have proven effective. We will also take a look at various accident analysis techniques. Throughout the course, you’ll be taking what you’ve learned to analyze a hypothetical accident!


To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. The Basics
  2. Initiating the Investigation
  3. Documenting the Scene
  4. Conducting Effective Interviews
  5. Conducting Event Analysis
  6. Cause Analysis
  7. Developing Solutions
  8. Writing the Report


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