Accident Investigation: An Introduction

Reviews how to properly conduct an accident investigation, including identifying the root cause and implementing corrective actions.

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About this Course

This video-based course provides learners with the tools to successfully complete an accident (incident) investigation and implement corrective actions. Investigating a worksite accident provides employers and workers the opportunity to identify hazards in their operations and shortcomings in their safety and health programs. Most importantly, it enables employers and workers to identify and implement the corrective actions necessary to prevent future accidents.

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Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: Environmental Health and Safety Professionals, Facilities Management, Facilities Personnel, Human Resources Professionals

Organizational Subscription Price: $675 per year/per site for government and non-profit organizations; $750 per year/per site for for-profit organizations
Independent Learner Price: $99 per person

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Course Content


This module presents the history of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a foundation for the discussion of accident investigations. Learners then explore when to conduct accident investigations and the goals and steps of such investigations. The module concludes by describing the difference between an incident and an accident, the costs of accidents, and how to report an accident.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 20728 (English)
Author(s): Kristen Panella, CSP - 2SAFE Consulting, Inc.


In this module, learners review the steps in the investigation process and how to implement a process for notifying investigators when an incident occurs. The module also provides an overview of the types of forms that should be created and completed as part of the investigation process.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 20729 (English)
Author(s): Kristen Panella, CSP - 2SAFE Consulting, Inc.

On-site Investigation

In this module, learners explore what evidence to collect at the scene of an accident, the role of interviewers as part of the investigation, and the critical elements of interviews and investigations. The module also describes how to develop a report, a root cause analysis, and corrective actions.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 20730 (English)
Author(s): Kristen Panella, CSP - 2SAFE Consulting, Inc.

Completed Accident Investigations

In this last module, learners apply what they have learned throughout the course. They are walked through two accident investigations, including the elements of each accident as well as the investigation process, root cause process, and corrective action process for each accident.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 20731 (English)
Author(s): Kristen Panella, CSP - 2SAFE Consulting, Inc.


Who should take the Accident Investigation course?

The suggested audience includes individuals who might be responsible for an accident investigation at their organization. This includes environmental health and safety professionals, physical plant and facilities management and personnel, and human resources professionals.

How long does it take to complete the Accident Investigation course?

This course consists of four required modules. The modules contain video presentations that range from about 30 to 45 minutes. The entire course should take about two hours to complete.

What are the standard recommendations for learner groups?

This course is designed such that learners should complete all four required modules in sequence.

Is this course eligible for continuing medical education credits?

This course does not currently have CE/CME credits available.

Why should an organization subscribe to this course?

Organizational subscriptions provide access to the organization's affiliated members. This allows organizations to train individuals across the organization on how to properly conduct an accident investigation.

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