What are Health and Safety
Accident & Incident Investigations?
Accident and Incident Investigations are carried out following an accident or incident in the workplace to form the basis of action to prevent it from happening again and to improve your organisations overall risk management
Why do you
Whilst there is no direct legal requirement for employers to investigate accidents there are two pieces of legislation that suggest it might be necessary.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to implement measures to control risks in the workplace. They state that you should make arrangements for the “control, monitoring and review of the preventive and protective measures that come from risk assessment.” It can be interpreted that the investigating of accidents would fall under this definition.
The Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations 1987 require employers to “take reasonable steps” to investigate every accident that is reported to them by an employee.
Health and safety investigations form an essential part of the monitoring process that you are required to carry out. Incidents, including near misses, can tell you a lot about how things actually are in reality.
Investigating your accidents and reported cases of occupational ill health will help you uncover and correct any breaches in health and safety legal compliance you may have been unaware of.
The fact that you thoroughly investigated an incident and took remedial action to prevent further occurrences would help demonstrate to a court that your company has a positive attitude to health and safety.
Your investigation findings will also provide essential information for your insurers in the event of a claim.
Our health and safety consultants will carry out a thorough, methodical and structured approach to the investigation of any accident or incident. The investigation will consist of gathering information, analysing information, identifying risk control measures, producing and implementing an action plan.
We will interview management and employees, review evidence and prepare a report on accidents/incidents that happened, identifying all forms of causes with recommendations to move forward.