This course is absolutely necessary for anyone who is required to investigate accidents. It gives you the information needed to effectively analyze an accident event by uncovering the cause of injury, and the primary and contributing surface causes for the accident. You will also develop the skills needed to analyze and evaluate your safety management system (SMS) for root causes. You'll learn why the question of fault and possible discipline is often irrelevant and inappropriate when conducting an accident investigation.
As an OSHAcademy student, you can access 100% of our training materials for free, including our module quizzes and course exams. We only charge a small fee if you decide to document your training with our official course certificates.
- Purpose of the Accident Investigation
- Initiating the Investigation
- Documenting the Accident Scene
- Conducting Interviews
- Conducting Event Analysis
- Determining Surface and Root Causes
- Developing Recommendations
- Writing the Accident Report
- Selling Management on Recommendations
- Committee Member
- Committee Leader
Workplace accidents occur each and every day all across the country. Each year the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a statistical summary of injuries and illnesses (See summary below) that emphasizes this fact.
The failure of people, equipment, supplies, or surroundings to behave or react as expected causes most of the accidents. Accident investigations determine how and why these failures occur. By using the information gained through an investigation, a similar or perhaps more disastrous accident may be prevented. Conduct accident investigations with accident prevention in mind. Investigations are NOT to place blame.
National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2015
The overall incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases requiring days away from work to recuperate was 104.0 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2015, down from 107.1 cases in 2014. In 2015, there were 1,153,490 days-away-from-work cases in private industry, state government, and local government - essentially unchanged from the number of cases reported in 2014. The median days away from work to recuperate - a key measure of severity of injuries and illnesses - was 8 days in 2015, 1 day fewer than reported in 2014.
The challenge to any accident investigator is to report the findings in a well-thought-out manner to ensure management will ultimately adopt recommendations for improving its safety management system, thus solving problems long-term. It's a common struggle trying to overcome long-held perceptions about safety and how accidents occur.
What is the purpose of this course?
This course introduces you to basic accident investigation procedures that have proven effective. We will also take a look at various accident analysis techniques. Throughout the course, you'll be taking what you've learned to analyze a hypothetical accident!
To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.
Course 702 Final Exam
OSHAcademy course final exams are designed to help ensure students demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the content covered within each course. To help demonstrate this understanding, students must achieve a minimum score of 70% on final exams. It is OSHAcademy's policy to protect the integrity of our exams and, as a result, we do not provide missed questions to students.
After you have studied all of the course material and taken the module quizzes, you can take the final exam. The module quizzes are optional, but we highly recommend you take each quiz, as the questions are similar to those on the final exam.
This is an open book exam. As you are taking the exam, if you find a question you are unsure of, you should use the course study guide or course web pages to research the correct answer. Don't worry if you fail the exam. You can study and retake the exam when you are ready.
If you have already paid for a Certificate Program
If you have already paid for your certificates, your exam score will be displayed in your student dashboard next to the course. You will also be able to view or print the course PDF certificate if you purchased this option. Your PDF transcript will also be automatically updated to include the course.
If you only want free training
You are welcome to take all of our courses for free! We only charge a fee if you want certificates, transcripts and exam scores to document your training. If you have not made a payment for your certificate, we will archive your exam results and you will see "Completed!" next to the course if you passed the exam. If you did not pass the exam with a score of 70% or higher, you will need to retake the exam.
Course 702 Study Guide. You can save this study guide to your computer for offline studying, or print the study guide if you prefer.