Accidents and incidents

The same accidents happen again and again, causing suffering
and distress to an ever-widening circle of workers and their families. The
investigation and analysis of work-related accidents and incidents forms an
essential part of managing health and safety. However, learning the lessons
from what is uncovered is at the heart of preventing accidents and incidents.

Carrying out a health and safety investigations will provide a deeper
understanding of the risks associated with work activities. Blaming individuals
is ultimately fruitless and sustains the myth that accidents and cases of ill
health are unavoidable when the opposite is true. Well thought-out risk control
measures, combined with adequate supervision, monitoring and effective
management (ie risk management system) will ensure that work activities are

An effective investigation requires a methodical, structured approach to
information gathering, collation and analysis. The findings of the
investigation will form the basis of an action plan to prevent the accident or
incident from happening again and for improving the overall management of risk.

A short article published in oshwiki gives an excellent overview about the
related topics.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work