Health and safety investigations are necessary to:
When an incident has occurred within a department, any risk assessments covering the task involved should be reviewed to ensure the circumstances of the accident have been taken into account, and any amendments or adjustments should be made to the assessment accordingly.
The Health and Safety Advisory Service (HSAS) reviews all incidents reported to them. If investigation is required they will either:
Be proportionate in any investigation, according to the level of risk identified (the potential harm may be greater than the actual injury). Establish what happened, when, where, why and how:
Investigate accidents with a high priority - before people’s memories fade and while evidence is still available. Look at root or underlying issues not just immediate causes:
Record and keep findings (including who gave you the information) - they may be required later in a formal investigation or legal proceedings.
Contact HSAS if you need help with an incident investigation. If you regularly investigate accidents as part of your work you may find it helpful to attend our Accident Investigation Masterclass.