When it comes to accidents, one of the most important things you can do is investigate. This ensures you get to the bottom of why the accident happened. That's vital for improving your health and safety programme so it can prevent future accidents.
But you can't do this whole investigation on your own.
And that's where your investigation team comes in. These are the people who help you get through your accident investigation smoothly.
Here are three reasons why this team is so essential for your accident investigation...
These are the three reasons your investigation team is so important
1. Your investigation team helps you split up all the investigation jobs. This includes speaking to witnesses, assessing damage, collecting physical evidence and documenting the whole process. Without your team, this will take too long and some of your evidence may disappear in the process.
2. Your team stops you from reaching biased conclusions about evidence or the investigation as a whole. You must discuss all the findings with you team so you can come to a united decision. Without this input from your team, you may reach the wrong conclusion. This means the safety precautions you put in place to prevent future accidents won't work.
*********** Hot off the press ************
When we asked the Commissioner what he wants in an incident report, this is what he said...
Whenever you place a claim for one of your employees with COID, the Compensation Commissioner examines your incident report in extensive detail.
And I know exactly what he looks for!
He checks that every detail of the workplace incident or occupational injury has been included along with all the details of your investigation.
Miss JUST ONE point on his checklist, and he'll delay your claim. And your employee's compensation will now be your problem!
That's why you need to make sure you conduct a thorough incident investigation the first time around.
Here are the tips he shared with me!
3. You team may be more familiar than you are with different parts of your workplace. This will help you with the investigation because you won't, for example, waste time looking at a loose part of a machine as damage when it was like that already.
You must ensure your investigation has all the right training to help you with the investigation so they know what to do. Otherwise, having them as part of the investigation is pointless.
Do you know the internal and external processes you must follow when conducting an incident investigation?
Whenever you place a claim for one of your employees with COID, the Compensation Commissioner examines your incident report in great detail.
He checks that every detail of the workplace accident or occupational injury has been included along with all the details of your investigations.
Miss just one point and he'll delay your claim and compensation will now be your problem!
That's why you need to follow the correct internal and external processes the first time around.
Find out how here…