Accident Investigation

A city slicker stopped to ask a farmer for directions. Noticing the dog sitting at the farmer’s feet, he asked “Does your dog bite?” The Farmer replied “Nope.” So, the stranger was very surprised when he bent down to pet the dog and it bit him! “I thought your dog doesn’t bite!” yelled the man. The farmer calmly replied, “My dog doesn’t.”

Asking the right questions is one important key to successfully investigating an employee accident. Standard questions start with the words WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, and HOW. If you ask the right questions of everyone involved, including the injured employee, his supervisor, and all witnesses, you should be able to determine what really happened. But more important, you should also identify the causes for the accident, and corrective actions. Remember that the goal of an accident investigation is to prevent future injuries.