Brief description of the importance of accident and incident investigations and the distinction between the two. Part of a collection. Click on the 'collection' button to access the other items.
Importance of accident and incident investigations
- Reduce the pain and suffering caused by accidents.
- Reduce the financial losses caused by accidents.
What is an accident?
- An unwanted, unplanned event that causes injuries, illnesses, or property damage.
What is an incident?
- An unwanted, unplanned event that almost causes injuries, illnesses, or property damage.
What is this pyramid saying?
For each accident, 300 incidents occurred or,
you lost 300 chances to prevent the accidents!
The primary causes of accidents are unsafe conditions and unsafe acts.
Examples of unsafe conditions:
- Poorly maintained machinery or equipment.
- Defective or missing personal protective equipment.
- Unguarded machinery or equipment.
- Missing or inadequate warnings or safety and health signs.
- Lack of housekeeping.
Examples of unsafe acts:
- Conduct work operations without prior training.
- Block or remove safety devices.
- Clean, lubricate, or repair equipment while its in operation.
- Working without protection in hazardous places.
- Use defective tools.