Accident Investigation


This Accident Investigation course develops the knowledge need to investigate accidents and near-misses at work.  Instant access.


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Online Accident Investigation Course | If an accident occurs, an effective investigation will uncover the root cause, enabling the correct remedial action to be taken.  This reduces the chance of reoccurrences, making the workplace safer for all.

It is a myth that some accidents are unavoidable. In fact, the opposite is true. Every accident is avoidable. But, simply blaming individuals without getting to the root cause of the accident does little to prevent the same thing happening again.

  • How might the accident have been avoided in the first place?
  • Was the person rushing to meet a deadline?
  • Had they received inadequate training?
  • Were they using faulty equipment?

Without an effective investigation you cannot know.

You can’t go back in time to stop the accident from happening but you can put measures in place to prevent a similar accident happen again.

This Accident Investigation training educates learners about the steps required undertake an effective accident investigation, draw accurate conclusions and improve systems to help ensure similar accidents don’t reoccur.

  • Accident Investigation Course


Learning Outcomes

  • Why investigate accidents?
  • Gathering evidence
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Draw correct conclusions
  • Writing an accident report

Course Content


Firstly, we begin by defining accidents and near-missing.  After that, we highlight the true cost of accidents with Iceberg and Bird Triangle examples.

You learn that near misses are equally important to investigate because the insight into risks and hazards they provide enable steps to be taken which can reduce the chance of an incident in future.

You also learn that the HSE Act requires businesses to reduce risk to employees in the workplace to as low a reasonably practicable.  So, if you do not investigate near misses, you will be missing opportunities to reduce the chance of reoccurrences


Secondly, you learn how to investigate an accident effectively.   This process starts by first developing a plan.  Then you learn at the accident site, make sure you secure the area to avoid becoming another victim, and move quickly and methodically when gathering evidence.  In addition, we cover how to interview witnesses, gather evidence and general fact finding so that you can answer the who, what, when, where and why questions.

This leads you to the root cause of the accident and will enable you to develop and implement better safety systems going forward.


At this point you will know how to investigate accidents.  So you now learn the general causes of incidents so know the causes to look for.  We also cover how to write the report of your findings, how to take remedial action and cover RIDDOR accident notification requirements.


Provides and opportunity to review the key lessons prior to taking the quiz


Ideal For

  1. The responsible health and safety person within your business.
  2. Any employee who may be required to undertake accident/near miss investigation.
  3. Any employee who submits reports under RIDDOR.


At the end of the online Accident Investigation course there is a 15 question, multiple-choice quiz.  If learners demonstrate their understanding of course content by achieving a minimum score of 80%, we’ll email them their completion certificate.  If learners score less than 80%, they can revisit any part of the course and retake the quiz until they are successful. A posted certificate is available for £6.




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Further Information

Difference between an accident and incident

An accident specifically results in injury and damage.  But an incident includes near-misses.  In other words, events where injury or damage could have occurred but luckily did not.  So the term ‘incident’ refers to both ‘accidents’ and ‘near-misses’.

What is an accident?

An accident stops the normal course of events and causes property damage or personal injury, whether it is minor, serious, or fatal. It is an unplanned, unwanted, but controllable event which disrupts the work process and causes injury to people.

The key here is the word ‘controllable’. While everyone can agree that accidents are unplanned and unwanted, the idea that they are controllable might be a new concept. They are often predictable and preventable. They don’t have to happen.

Should near-misses be investigated?

Yes, whether near-miss causes injury is usually a matter of chance.  Therefore it is vital to treat all incidents as an opportunity to learn.  Because understanding the true causes will help us all take correct actions to stop future incidents cause harm.

Why take this Accident Investigation course?

Research suggests effective board leadership can deliver a 5 – 10% reduction in workplace accidents and ill-health.  And, management failure can be attributed to 70% of accidents according to HSE research.

This accident investigation course will help you adopt a systematic approach to determining the root cause of why an accident has occurred.  As a result, you can implement the right change.  Increasing leadership investment in safety training, for instance.

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