Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Accidents 101 Series – Preparing for Accident Investigation

To be prepared to conduct an accident investigation, a kit should be assembled containing the basic tools needed for the investigation.  The following is a list of basic tools every kit should contain.  However, additional safety equipment may be needed depending on the situation being investigated.
  • High visibility tape or rope
  • Pencils
  • Ruler and measuring tape
  • Graph paper
  • Camera with Film or cell phone with photo capabilities
  • Photography log
  • Plastic bags and envelopes
  • Containers with caps
  • Clip board and note paper
In addition, personal protective equipment should be worn if needed while conducting the investigation at the accident scene.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Accident 101 Series - Preparing for Accidents

Although it is not possible to predict where and when an accident will take place, it is most important to be prepared when one does occur. Your company should have emergency procedures in place for when an accident does take place. You should also have designated at least two employees as your accident response team.  Elements of an emergency program should include:

  • Rescue and first aid
  • Alarm systems
  • Limiting further harm to persons and equipment
  • Notifying authorities
  • Notifying those who will investigate the accident
Above all, the purpose of emergency response is to get help for injured individuals.  To ensure this happens, emergency response drills should be practiced on a routine basis.

Download a sample of an emergency contact list here!