Incident Investigations for Accidents & Near Misses

Overview: The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there were approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2017, which occurred at a rate of 2.8 cases per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

OSHA strongly encourages employers to investigate all incidents in which a worker was hurt, as well as close calls (sometimes called "near misses"), in which a worker might have been hurt if the circumstances had been slightly different.

In the past, the term "accident" was often used when referring to an unplanned, unwanted event. To many, "accident" suggests an event that was random, and could not have been prevented. Since nearly all worksite fatalities, injuries, and illnesses are preventable, OSHA suggests using the term "incident" investigation. This course is designed to help prepare for and conduct a proper incident investigation.

Attendees will be able to:
• Describe how to prepare for investigating an incident (including accidents and near misses)
• Identify the steps to take in order to conduct a thorough investigation
• Recognize the required components of a written investigation report
• Identify the appropriate actions to take after an investigation is complete

Incident Investigations for Accidents & Near Misses covers these following topics:

Investigation Basics
• Incident vs. Accident vs. Near Miss
• Be Prepared
• Develop a Written Incident Investigation Plan
• Assemble an Incident Investigation Kit

When an Incident Occurs
• Organize the Incident Investigation Team
• Conduct the Investigation
• Communicate Findings
• Implement Corrective Actions
• Retain Incident Records