OSH 4601


Study of integrating accident or near miss investigations as an effective, practical, and even a profitable, management tool. Incorporates systematic, procedural, determinative, and corrective applications for investigative accident management.


  1. Identify and discuss the purpose and value of accident investigation.
  2. Recognize how management systems impact worker safety and accidents.
  3. Identify techniques used and discuss the investigative or data gathering phase of accident investigation.
  4. Discuss the need for planning and how to plan for investigating accidents.
  5. Identify and describe specific analytical processes commonly used in accident investigation to include 'Event and causal factors analysis'.
  6. Construct an 'Events and Causal Factors Chart'.
  7. Identify and describe the theoretical fundamentals of Root Cause Analysis.
  8. Identify and describe tree analysis techniques and how they apply to accident analysis and hazard prevention.
  9. Identify and describe how corrective actions are generated from the accident analysis process.
  10. Identify, describe, and apply the fundamentals and importance of follow-up in relation to corrective action implementation.
  11. Apply accident investigation techniques in evaluating complex accident investigation scenarios and findings.




Accident investigation techniques: Basic theories, analytical methods, and applications (Rev: 2nd ed.)

Publisher: American Society of Safety Engineers (2012)
Author: Oakley, J.
ISBN: 978-1885581624
Price: $35.04

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