Health, Safety, Security and Environment

E-Books:Investigating accidents and incidents

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A workbook for employers, unions, safety representatives and safety professionals

Every year people are killed or injured at work. Over 40 million working days are lost annually through work-related accidents and illnesses. This workbook gives organisations an opportunity to find out what went wrong. Learning the lessons and taking action may reduce, or even prevent, accidents in the future. As a step-by-step guide, it will help all organisations, particularly smaller businesses, to carry out their own health and safety investigations. Investigating accidents and incidents explains why you need to carry out investigations and takes you through each step of the process:

Step one: Gathering the information
Step two: Analysing the information
Step three: Identifying risk control measures
Step four: The action plan and its implementation


Reducing risks and protecting people 3
Understanding the language of investigation 4
The causes of adverse events 6
Why investigate? 7
A step by step guide to health and safety investigations 12
Gathering the information 13
Analysing the information 19
Identifying risk control measures 23
The action plan and its implementation 24
References and further reading 26
Adverse event report and investigation form: Worked examples 28
Adverse event report and investigation form: Blank form 56
Adverse event analysis: Rooting out risk 66
Adverse event analysis: Worked examples 73
Adverse event analysis: Blank form 83


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