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Don’t Forget the WHY in Reporting Workplace Accidents

- April 12, 2020 by Guest Bloggers (View all posts by Guest)

Do your procedures for accident investigation include the WHY?

How thorough are your procedures for investigating accidents and preventing future incidents?

When conducting accident investigations at your company, you must be particularly thorough in determining WHY the accident occurred in the first place. For example, if your employee suffered an eye injury, you might note the cause as “failure to wear goggles.” But, this only explains HOW the accident occurred – but not the WHY.

Be sure to discover the WHY!

Discovering “WHY” requires these kinds of questions: “Why didn’t the employee wear goggles? Were goggles available? Was the employee ever instructed to wear goggles? Was the employee properly trained?”

8 important questions

A complete, factual report includes information based on these 8 questions:

  1. WHO was injured and/or WHAT was damaged?
  2. HOW did the accident happen?
  3. WHERE and WHEN did it happen?
  4. WHO saw it happen?
  5. WHAT persons and/or equipment were involved?
  6. WHY did the accident happen?
  7. WHAT could and should have been done to prevent it?
  8. HOW can similar accidents be avoided in the future?