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WHS Incident Investigations
Unfortunately WHS incidents occur in the workplaces every day for many reasons. These incidents can cause injuries and illnesses, property damage, financial loss and sometimes death but even when incidents don’t result in injury or property damage, they are disruptive for workers and operations and may be an indicator of a bigger problem waiting to happen. Therefore conducting thorough incident investigations is an effective ways to protect your employees from risk of injury or illness.
At Benchmark OHS Consulting we follow a structured process in identifying and recording the critical information, conducting interviews, analysing the data, determining surface & root causes, and developing recommendations. All this needs a “no blame” approach designed to drive continuous improvement and identify control measures to prevent recurrence.
Our Consultants are highly trained, experienced and qualified investigators who can provide third party unbiased and objective WHS incident investigations and support services to your organisation. Our consultants have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience required to conduct an independent WHS incident investigation.
WHS Loss Analysis/Trending Investigation
We can also conduct WHS Loss Analysis/Trending Investigation to determine roots causes, problem areas, trends and assist in control recommendations and the setting of goals and objectives.
The first step in this analysis is to gather data based on the organizations’ Accident Reports which and inspection of area(s) of concern identified in the data collection. This would consist of reading through the reports, searching and sorting incidents by a variety of different types of categories, such as by supervisor, by time of day, by type of incident, if there is a monthly variable / time of year etc,
Our analysis – Injury, Event, Systems – At this level of analysis, we do not attempt to determine what caused the accident, but rather we focus on trying to determine how harmful energy transfer caused the injury. Determining systems inadequacies is where the root causes for accidents are the underlying safety system weaknesses that have somehow contributed to the existence of hazardous conditions and unsafe behaviour that represent surfaces causes of accidents.
The information gained through the analysis will be provided in a written report. The report recommendations will outline effective control strategies that will eliminate or reduce the specific surface causes of the accident and will also propose system improvements to missing or inadequate safety system components that contributed to the accident.