By Ethan Davis
Management can gain valuable information from a thorough investigation of accidents, occupational health problems and near-miss incidents. Variances from or defects in present operating procedures, unsafe work practices, and even environmental hazards may be determined.
Determining the causes of accidents – and doing something about them – will reduce accident incidence, lower workers' compensation costs, and enhance employee morale, because workers will feel they are working with a management and company that cares and wants to correct hazards and unsafe work procedures.
REMEMBER, AN ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION IS NOT DESIGNED TO FIND FAULT OR BLAME; IT IS AN ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE CAUSES THAT CAN BE CONTROLLED OR ELIMINATED.