Topic area 7: Accident and incident investigation

Estimated Duration: 1 Hour


Lecture Plan

Need to investigate and learn from accidents and incidents -

1. The primary purpose of accident investigation is to improve health and safety performance by

2. Dealing with immediate risks - when accident and incidents occur there may be a need to treat the injured, make the area safe or initiate an emergency plan.

3. Selecting the level of investigation and Team - Not all accidents/incidents need to be investigated to the same extent.

4. Investigating the Accident- Thorough investigations are necessary to ensure that all lessons are learnt and that the correct actions (hierarchy of risk control) are taken to prevent a re-occurrence

5. Collecting and Analysing evidence - observing the scene, examining documentation relevant to the circumstances; and interviewing those involved and those who witnessed the event

6. Recording and follow up - Ensuring that the actions taken are effective and that accident information is analysed to identify common features and trends.

Suggested Reading & Other Resources

Course documents

Updated 2021-03-26