Accident Investigation


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

Duration Approx. | 60 minutes

CPD Accredited

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Accident Investigation Course Online | If an accident occurs, blaming individuals sustains the myth that accidents are unavoidable.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Accidents don’t need to happen.  

Effective investigation enables the root cause of accidents can be uncovered.    Most importantly, this information is needed to improve of your safety process.  Thereby, reducing the risk of reoccurrences.  In short, discoveries from an effective investigation illuminate ways to make work safer.


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Key Learning Outcomes

Provide the knowledge need to investigate accidents at work.  Specifically;

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

Accident Investigation Course Online Content

UNIT 1 | Accidents and Near Misses

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

UNIT 2 |  Investigation

Secondly, we explore why it is important to investigate both accidents and near-misses.  Then we go onto detail how to investigate an accident.   From first developing a plan.  Right though to interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence.

UNIT 3 | Accident Causation

Finally, we cover the causes of accidents.  Root causes can be often more obscure that first imagined.  But your thorough investigation will help you find the way.  Lastly, we outline how to write an accident investigation report.

UNIT 4 | Summary

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

UNIT 5 | 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.

Accident Investigation Certificate



Learners need to achieve 80% or more in the final 20 question assessment to complete the course.  After this, their dated, CPD-accredited, PDF certificate will be emailed.  


  • | 60 minutes of  online learning 
  • | CPD-accredited: 2 CPD credits
  • | Emailed certificate (£5 for posted version)
  • | Quizzes to reinforce what you’ve learned
  • | 12 months unlimited access

Further Information

What is the 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’.  

Technically speaking, an incident is defined as: “Any work related event(s) which an injury, ill health, fatality or damage to a plant/ equipment/ environment occurred or could have occurred”.

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.  Consequently,  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.

If you encourage staff to report all near-misses you can build a realistic picture of the likelihood of an injury occurring.   So, reporting everything will give us a greater insight into any hidden problems.  But, this can prove a challenge.  Often staff feel they will get in trouble.  Therefore, highlighting the purpose of  near-miss reporting – to improve safety management – is key.

Why take this 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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