Accident / Incident Investigations
Why investigate accidents or incidents? There are three possible reasons:
1. Because it's the law:
18(1) If an injury or accident described in subsection (2) occurs at a work site, the prime contractor or, if there is no prime contractor, the contractor or employer responsible for that work site shall notify a Director of Inspection of the time, place and nature of the injury or accident as soon as possible.
(2) The injuries and accidents to be reported under subsection (1) are (a) an injury or accident that results in death,
(3) If an injury or accident referred to in subsection (2) occurs at a work site or if any other serious injury or any other accident that has the potential of causing serious injury to a person occurs at a work site, the prime contractor or, if there is no prime contractor, the contractor or employer responsible for that work site shall
2. To get at the root cause:
Investigating incidents and near misses can save your company a world of grief by getting to the root causes of incidents or near misses, thereby lessening the chances of injuries to workers or damage to valuable equipment and inventory.
Did you know? For every serious injury, there are 10 minor injuries, 30 property damage incidents, and 600 “near misses” where no injury or damage occurs. This is known as the “near miss pyramid”. (see below). By investigating the “near misses” and incidents which occur in your workplace, you greatly affect your ability to prevent more serious accidents, or even death, from occurring.
"Near Miss" Pyramid
(Source: statistics gathered by the United States Insurance Company, 1969 and Later)
3. To seek or maintain COR/SECOR status:
If your company is seeking or maintaining COR® or SECOR® certification, you must investigate incidents and near misses.
How Pro Safety can help
Pro Safety can assist you in investigating accidents and incidents. We can also help you by training your employees to become competent investigators.
Call today to discuss how you can get our safety professionals working for you. Our initial consultation is free of charge and you will not be obligated in any way.