Advanced Accident Investigation and Reporting


246 Ratings

Course Overview

In spite of all our best efforts, accidents and incidents occasionally occur. These unplanned or undesired events can adversely affect a company’s work operations and may include work-related injuries, occupational illnesses, property damage, spills and fires. Critically, all incidents should therefore be thoroughly investigated demonstrating a proven company-wide process of efficiency and effectiveness linked to the Safety Management System (SMS). The more serious the incident the more extensive the investigation.

Learning Objectives


Learners will be able to develop the knowledge and skills required to investigate all adverse events


Learners will be able to identify and understand the causes of accidents and ill-health


Learners will understand the elements that combine to form an accident


Learners will be able to develop confidence & professionalism in investigating, interviewing & reporting


Learners will be able to ensure all employees & contractors are aware of the SMS and ‘Safety Culture’

Course Outline

Incident and Accident Theories

  • Incident & Accident Analysis Overview, exploring Accident Theory
  • Identify Accident and Incident Causation Factors
  • What are the necessary conditions for an accident to happen?
  • Unsafe Acts vs. Unsafe Conditions: Avoiding the “Blame Game”
  • Role of the HSE Team Leader and A Trained and Prepared Workforce During an Investigation
  • Links between Risk Assessment and Incident Investigation
  • Factors that contribute towards establishing a good safety culture?
  • Case Studies – organisations who survived and those who failed

Investigation Methodology

  • Six-Step Accident Investigation Process
  • Scene Protection and Examination – Who should be involved at this stage?
  • Listen and Learn, and Learn to Look and Listen More
  • The Importance of Note Taking vs. Reliance on Memory
  • Scene Photographs (+video) and Sketching – equipment required
  • Case Studies

Root Cause Analysis

  • What is the “Root Cause” and Why is it important?
  • Basic vs. Root Cause: Getting from “effect” to “cause”
  • What questions to ask to confirm “Root Cause”?
  • From Root Cause to Prevention
  • Consider the Human Error Issues
  • Help to Establish and Maintain Regulatory Due Diligence
  • The Role of Policies, Equipment and Training on Accident Prevention
  • Case Studies

Interviewing Techniques, Facts, Evidence & Witness Statements

  • Purpose and Preparation for the Interview
  • Who Conducts the Interview?
  • Where to Conduct an Interview?
  • Building Rapport with the Witness
  • Obtaining Witness Statements
  • Forms and Format
  • Inculpatory and Exculpatory Statements
  • Group Exercise (Obtaining Statements)

Report Writing & Practical Exercises

  • Forms, Format and Structure
  • Effective Writing Skills – simple, self-explanatory and straightforward
  •  Writing the Report – the aim is to persuade and seek action
  •  Help to Prevent Recurrence – cost savings (human and financial)
  • Class exercise – Accident Investigation based on case study·
  • Class exercise – Produce the outline of a suitable report from the above

Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for:

  • HSE Officers
  • Supervisors
  • Inspectors
  • Advisors
  • Auditors
  • Team Leaders / Managers

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