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When a workplace accident happens, here's what you need to do

by , 12 August 2014
You must never just sit back and accept that an accident happened on site. You must find out why the accident happened and prevent it from happening again.

This is important because if you don't, the same accident may keep happening. That's countless employees with injuries and productivity lost that you could have recovered.

Here's what to do as soon as an accident happens so you can avoid this...


When an accident happens make use of all your accident investigation preparations

You need to prepare for any accidents that may happen on site. This includes assembling your investigation team and having all of the right documents ready.
This way if an accident happens, you can simply summon your investigation team and pull out your documents. 
Once you have all this, you can get started.
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Here's how to get started on your accident investigation

It's important to ensure the site is clear and no one else has any injuries before you start anything. Once you've done this, speak to the witnesses. Ask anyone who saw the accident about what happened, how it happened and why it happened.
Get your team to split up to cover as much ground as possible. Ensure they all have a form to complete and record their findings.
While part of your team speaks to witnesses, ask the others to collect physical evidence. This is important as it may help you to determine the cause of the accident. 
If you wait too long to do this, your employees may disturb the evidence as they get back to work. 
You also need to document everything with photographs and 'Findings reports'.
Once you have all your evidence, you can compile your findings into a final accident report. But remember, it's important to put precautions in place at the end of this process to ensure this accident doesn't happen again.
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