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Accident Investigations Improve Safety, Part 2

Friday, February 13, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Steve WilderBy Steve Wilder, Sorensen, Wilder & Associates 

In part one of this series, we discussed accident investigations and the critical role they play in safety management and improving safety programs. Continuing the discussion, we must think about the way we approach accident investigations and the strategies we use.

An accident investigation is not an exercise in placing blame or finding someone at fault. It is a fact-finding mission. As a supervisor, the way that person approaches an accident investigation will set the stage for the flow of the investigation itself as well as the outcome.

I believe that the accident investigation begins with the completion of some version of an employee injury form. My popularity may crash, but I truly believe that the employee injury report should be completed by the supervisor of the injured staff member, not by the injured employee.                                            


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