Found an interesting old (2000) report from the UK HSE about incident/accident investigations. They had a contractor perform surveys about accident/incident investigation tools and results.

TYPE OF INVESTIGATION SYSTEM

It seems that homegrown investigation systems or no system were the most frequently used to investigate accidents/incidents.

CORRECTIVE ACTIONS

With that type of investigation system, it should be no surprise that the three top corrective actions were:

  1. Tell them to be more careful/aware.
  2. Training/refresher training
  3. Reinforce safe behavior (Is that discipline?)

That’s what we found back in the early 1990’s.

Think it has changed any today?

HOW MUCH TIME SPENT INVESTIGATING?

Another interesting fact. How long did people typically spend doing investigations?

  • 42% took 5 hours or less
  • 35% took 5 to 20 hours
  • 18% took over 20 hours

Of course this is an old UK survey. Does it match up with your current experience?checklist-41335_640

INVESTIGATION TRAINING

One third of those polled had NO accident/incident investigation training. Most of the rest just had general health and safety training as part of IOSH or NEBOSH courses. Also, most people performing investigations were not dedicated health and safety professionals.

What do you think? Is this similar to your experience at your company?

EXAMPLES

The report then provided a review of example investigations that the researchers had reviewed. As an expert in root cause analysis, these were awful but typical. many just filled out a form. Others grilled people and decided what they thought were the causes and the corrective actions.

HOW ARE YOU DOING?

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