This course is an introduction to accident investigation. The prime objective of accident investigation is prevention – finding the causes of an accident and taking steps to control or eliminate it can help prevent similar accidents from happening in the future. Factors such as work environment, job constraints, and supervisory or worker experience must all be examined to determine what role each may have had in causing the accident.
This course presents a practical approach to investigating workplace accidents by emphasizing how to find the root cause(s), conduct an investigation, and make effective recommendations to prevent similar occurrences from happening again. It includes case studies and other examples to illustrate the concepts as well as practical tools such as sample forms and checklists.
The workshop will also cover some of the major shortcomings and pitfalls of popular methods of accident investigation. We look at analysing and resisting Behaviour Based Safety programs which focus on blaming the worker. Behaviour Based Safety programs weaken hard-won protections and discourage workers from taking a more active role in the union.