Investigation of workplace death - guidance

A new publication Work related deaths- investigators guide published by the
British Health and Safety Executives (HSE) is available on their website and
describes best practice based upon the earlier Work-Related Deaths: A Protocol
for Liaison with which it should be read in conjunction. It gives an insight
into the work of the police and enforcing authority officials investigating
these tragic events.

The "Investigators Guide" has been produced to assist those tasked with
investigating deaths in the workplace. It is intended to be read in conjunction
with the revised "Work-Related Deaths: A Protocol for Liaison" document from
which the core of the "Investigators Guide" has been drawn. This "Investigators
Guide" is by no means mandatory but takes into account best practice and is
intended as helpful practical guidance on following the principles of liaison
from the Protocol.

The "Investigators Guide" is not intended to be a training document. It has
been prepared on the assumption that those so tasked with investigating such
serious and tragic matters, from whatever organisation, are qualified to do so.
The "Investigators Guide" sets out to provide a straightforward step-by-step
approach to investigating deaths within the workplace and includes guidance in
respect of domestic gas incidents and road deaths.

The "Investigators Guide" commences with a flow chart, which seeks to
encapsulate the Protocol on one page. This allows the Investigator to consider
their action within the context of the Protocol. Following the flow chart is
the "Investigators Guide". The "Investigators Guide" has been laid out in a
sequential and numbered 'tick-box' order. It commences with the initial actions
at the scene through to the management stage of the investigation. Each
numbered action has up to three 'tick-boxes'. Each of these 'tick boxes' sits
within a column. The first column's title is Done. The second column's title is
Review and the third column's title is Police Only.

The system is designed to be simple but effective. At each stage the user is
expected to consider each action in turn. When that action has been done the
appropriate Done 'tick-box' will be endorsed with a tick. The user will then
move onto the next action.

Further Information

AplusA-online.de - Source: British Health and Safety Executives (HSE)