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Two tips that'll elevate your accident investigation to CSI status

by , 18 September 2014
When you hear the words 'accident investigation', do you picture walking around an accident scene documenting evidence like a CSI agent?

Well it's not quite the same. After all, you're not looking for a criminal, but you are looking for the cause of a serious accident.

But this doesn't mean it's any less important. You still have to look for evidence, speak to witnesses and document everything.

And if you use these two tips then you can elevate your accident investigation to CSI status...

Tip #1: Get your accident investigation team on board A.S.A.P.

You can't do the whole investigation on your own. That's why, just like CSI agents, you must work as a team.
This will help you collect evidence effectively and quickly without missing a thing.
Your investigation team must include:
1.       You;
2.       Any person you appointed into a health and safety position. There are 33 different health and safety positions you may have made;
3.        A health and safety representative. Even if you have more than one HSE Rep, you only need one of them in your investigation team; and
4.        A member of your Health and Safety Committee. 
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Tip #2: Create a way to document all of the evidence you collect
This could be something as simple as a form you complete with the details of the evidence you find. Or you can go high tech like CSI and take photos of all the evidence and record interviews with witnesses.
This will help you avoid bias interpretations of the evidence. This is vital when it comes to deciding what safety precautions to put in place later.
After all, if you come to a wrong conclusion, it could end up with you focusing on the wrong thing.
So use these two tips and you'll soon be doing CSI level accident investigations.

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