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Thursday, June 6, 2019
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Safe and Sound
Colin J. Brigham

Are you involved with accident investigation? If you are, you know that it can be very time consuming and requires significant expertise to identify the root cause(s). 1Source professionals draw on their many years of technical and management responsibility for the review and development processes related to accident investigation. I've included a few articles below that you might find useful.

 

For more information please reach out to Colin J. Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPE, CPEA, CSPHP, FAIHA at cbrigham@1ssh.com, 610.524.5525 x 24.

Sincerely,
Colin J. Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPE, CPEA, CSPHP
VP Safety Management & Ergonomics


Incident Investigation

Incident Investigation

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. In the past, the term "accident" was often used when referring to an unplanned, unwanted event. To many, "accident" suggests an event that was random, and could not have been prevented. Since nearly all worksite fatalities, injuries, and illnesses are preventable, OSHA suggests using the term "incident" investigation.

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The Importance of Root Cause Analysis During Incident Investigation

The Importance of Root Cause Analysis During Incident Investigation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urge employers (owners and operators) to conduct a root cause analysis following an incident or near miss at a facility.1 A root cause is a fundamental, underlying, system-related reason why an incident occurred that identifies one or more correctable system failures.2 By conducting a root cause analysis and addressing root causes, an employer may be able to substantially or completely prevent the same or a similar incident from recurring.

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Health and Safety Committees

Health and Safety Committees

1Source staff has helped with the formation, facilitation and/or support of well over 100 health and safety committees. Organizations such as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, OSHA, and labor unions recognize and in certain circumstances require the existence of these committees. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provides a 5% workers’ compensation discount to those employers who meet their qualifications for being a certified safety committee. Our knowledge of occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS) and long history in establishing and supporting safety and health committees can provide you significant value.

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