Dealing with unexpected events is something that productions need to prepare for. Our consultants are ready to provide support and independent oversight when dealing with the effects of an accident or emergency.
What should be investigated?
- Investigating the cause of accidents is good practice, even though this investigation is only required by a limited selection of health and safety legislation.
- Ideally, investigation and review should take place for all accidents and incidents but in practice this is not always possible.
- Productions should take a sensible and proportionate approach to the investigation of accidents, in which case it may not be necessary to fully investigate minor and trivial accidents.
- Significant incidents will usually require a written report although there may be no need to document the results in very minor cases
What will an investigation achieve?
- Productions need to understand why certain events and outcomes occurred, even if the severity or consequences of the accident were comparatively minor on that occasion. This will aid preventing a recurrence of such events.
- Accidents cost money; understanding the causes of accidents can assist in preventing unnecessary loss as well as providing cost-effective solutions..
- Many events will have to be reported to the relevant authority. The existence of a process of accident investigation will enable a better understanding of the events reported. This can greatly assist in dealing with any enquiries made by the enforcement agencies or in any subsequent investigation undertaken by an enforcing authority.
What are the benefits of carrying out an investigation?
- A better understanding of risk and provision of information for use in risk assessment.
- Reducing the risk of accidents and incidents in the future.
- Providing a powerful vehicle for motivating organisational learning and activating cultural change.
- A means of understanding and obtaining information on management systems.
- A useful means of demonstrating the status of safety management in an organisation which in turn can be used to assist in litigation claims and developing arguments for lowering insurance premiums.
- Providing evidence of any discrepancy between what should be in place, e.g., a safe system of work, and what is actually happening.
How can we help?
- When you’re facing an investigation, allegation or crisis it’s essential to get to the important facts as quickly as possible. But these events typically come out of the blue, catching the organisation unawares.
- We are here to support you at every stage, from identifying, extracting and analysing relevant data, to making sure that you never face the same emergency again.