free download accident investigation templateWorkplace accidents cost companies approx $1 billion weekly in direct worker’s compensation costs, with an estimated $3 billion weekly in indirect costs!


A quality accident investigation program can reduce workplace injuries by properly identifying hazards that have caused an injury, and taking appropriate actions to eliminate those workplace hazards.



So what does OSHA say about accident investigations:

“OSHA strongly encourages employers to investigate all incidents in which a worker was hurt, as well as close calls (sometimes called “near misses”), in which a worker might have been hurt if the circumstances had been slightly different.”

So what does this mean for employers? While an investigation is not required by OSHA, and not having a policy or procedure will not result in an OSHA fine, an injury can identify a known workplace hazard. Known workplace hazards that are not abated can expose a company to a fine under OSHA’s General Duty Clause:

a) Each employer —

1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees;

Not conducting an investigation after an accident, might not identify the hazard, which OSHA would expect you to abate if it causes an injury to an employee.

Sound like a catch-22? It can be for employers.

Which is why implementing a policy for properly investigating workplace safety incidents can be so important.

Below is an excerpt from the Sample Accident Investigation Program, read and download the entire policy below:


An Accident Investigation Program is a management toot by which accidents or injuries are systematically studied so that their causes and contributing factors can be identified and eliminated. Accident Investigation is a technique that allows a school district to “learn from its experience.”
In addition to preventing future accidents, the Accident Investigation Program:

  • Helps to identify inefficiencies, and improves total quality.
  • Develops accident trend information.
  • Focuses supervisors’ attention on safety and helps them consider methods for preventing future accidents.
  • Helps monitor the effectiveness of the agency safety program.
  • Provides information for worker’s compensation claims handling as well as regulatory reporting and record keeping.


Proper implementation of this policy requires those involved to be aware of it, understand all aspects of it, and receive training on their applicable roles. So check out the following:


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