An accident investigation is required whenever a serious incident
happens on the job.
The less time intervening between the accident and the investigation, the more accurate the information that can be obtained. Facts are more accurate because people have not had time to become biased by the opinions of others, memories are clearer, and more details are remembered.
Why do we investigate an accident? The reason is to obtain accurate information about what happened. What events led up to the accident; who was involved with the work; did anyone fail to follow procedures or did a piece of material or equipment fail?
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