Effective Accident Investigation and Reporting in EHS

Effective Accident Investigation and Reporting in EHS

Effective Accident Investigation and Reporting in EHS

All you need to know to effectively conduct a safety and health accident investigation

Language: english

Note: 0/5 (0 notes) 52 students  New course 

Instructor(s): Oluseye Kolawole

Last update: 2022-07-26

What you’ll learn

  • Define and differentiate between accidents, incidents, near misses, dangerous occurrences, injury and non injury accidents.
  • Understand the need for accident investigation and what occurrences require investigation and/or reporting
  • Learn how to conduct an accident investigation.
  • Learn about accident causation models as a tool for accident investigation and for getting to the root cause of accidents
  • Learn how to collect information in an accident investigation, examine physical evidence, interview witnesses and consider background information
  • Learn how to carry out analysis, come to a conclusion, make recommendations and generate a report for management
  • Understand internal and external reporting requirements



  • Knowledge of the basics of Occupational Safety and Health will be very useful



Accidents are unplanned and unintentional events that result in harm or loss to personnel, property, production, or nearly anything that has some inherent value. Accidents are rarely simple and almost never result from a single cause. Most accidents involve multiple, interrelated causal factors. Accidents can occur whenever significant deficiencies, oversights, errors, omissions, or unanticipated changes are present. Any one of these conditions can be a precursor for an accident; the only uncertainties are when the accident will occur and how severe its consequences will be.

To conduct a complete accident/incident investigation, the factors contributing to an accident, as well as the means to prevent accidents, must be clearly understood. Management prevents or mitigates accidents by identifying and implementing the appropriate controls and barriers. Accidents occur when one or more barriers in a work system, including procedures, standards, and requirements intended to control the actions of workers, fail to perform as intended. The barriers may not exist, may not be adhered to, or simply may not be comprehensive enough to be effective. Personal performance and environmental factors may also reduce protection.

Understanding how to prevent or control accidents requires an understanding of the sequence of events leading to an accident in order to identify and implement countermeasures that contain risks.

The purpose of this course is to provide those responsible for conducting accident investigations with practical, detailed advice on conducting these investigations. The course provides in-depth guidance, as well as specific tools and techniques that will facilitate the investigation process.

Who should attend?

The course is ideal for anyone involved in accident investigation, including:

• Line Managers and Supervisors

• Site and Project Safety Officers

• Safety Professionals

• Safety Representatives

• Occupational health professionals

• Human resources professionals


Who this course is for

  • Line Managers and Supervisors
  • Safety professionals and practitioners
  • Site and Project Safety representatives and coordinators
  • Occupational health professionals
  • Human resources professionals
  • Anyone that is saddled with the responsibility of investigating accidents in the workplace.


Course content

  • Introduction
    • Introduction
  • Module 1
    • Introduction and Definitions
    • Module 1 Quiz
  • Module 2
    • Accident Causation Models
    • Module 2 Quiz
    • Accident Causation Assignment
  • Module 3
    • Steps to Investigating Accidents
    • Module 3 Quiz
  • Module 4
    • Accident Investigation Analysis, Conclusion and Recommendation
    • Module 4 Quiz
    • Accident Investigation Assignment
  • Module 5
    • Accident Investigation Reporting
  • Module 6
    • Accident Statistics


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