An effective incident investigation involves the understanding of evidence and exhibits. So what is the difference between evidence and exhibits? Raymond Kuhlman in his publication, Professional Incident Investigation, categorises evidence into four in descending order of fragility as:
A witness is a person who has first hand knowledge of some fact related, directly or indirectly, to an incident. The first step is to identify and speak to witnesses, initially briefly, to ascertain what information they can contribute to the actual event and the normal procedures that were in place. As each factor is […]
An incident investigation involves the collection of evidence, some of it extremely fragile. Consequently it is highly desirable to collect the evidence in descending order of fragility. Fragility of evidence can be described as breakage, distortion or loss which makes the evidence unusable.
An incident investigation is a methodical, systematic, unemotional undertaking to collect and interpret information about an event, to establish the extent of an injury or loss, why it happened, and to analyse the processes involved to minimise the risk or prevent a recurrence. The investigation will normally result in the preparation of a logical, sequential […]
The ideal time to investigate all accidents and incidents is now! As close as possible to the time of the incident is the most desirable, before evidence starts to deteriorate. Obviously, the physical location of the incident site compared to the location of the investigator will have a significant bearing on how quickly an incident […]
Internal investigation of OHS incidents The workplace should have a competent, trained person who is delegated to manage safety at the workplace, and included in this delegation should be a requirement to investigate all accidents and incidents.
Last week, we were discussing the steps following an incident or accident in the workplace. Management have been notified, and the incident has been recorded and reported. We will now look at actually conducting and investigation into the cause of the incident. Having established that an incident investigation is desirable, it must then be determined […]
An incident has happened at work. Perhaps someone has been injured. What is the basic first step that needs to be taken? Where do we start? A Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety will give you the skills to conduct incident investigations. The initial and fundamental step to commence the process of incident investigation […]
Health and safety in the workplace is everyone’s concern and everyone’s responsibility. The hospitality industry at a glance may not seem to be a particularly dangerous one but there are definite risks associated considering staffs are working with knives, explosive gases, heavy objects, fire, oils and slippery wet areas. A Certificate IV In OHS will […]
Undertaking a Certificate IV In OHS will introduce you to the requirements under the WHS Act regarding PPE. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is basically anything used or worn by a person to minimise risk to the person’s health or safety and includes a wide range of clothing and safety equipment. PPE includes boots, face masks, […]
Under the old Workplace Health and Safety Laws i.e. the Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, ‘employers’ (now known as the PCBU), had a duty to ensure health and safety in the workplace subject to a limited defence of reasonable practicability. A “reverse onus” duty.