Accidents are never good, but investigating them can lead to safer workplaces. Our experienced accident investigators are adept at identifying the root causes of incidents, as well as uncovering the chain of events that led up to the mishap.
LPS investigates and reconstructs accidents for insurance claims, manufacturing, construction and legal purposes. Each investigation comprises ten essential steps:
- Defining the scope of the investigation. Through our preliminary briefing with the client, we create a description of the accident, outline normal operating procedures, identify the location of the accident site, generate a list of witnesses, and analyze events that preceded the accident.
- Visiting the accident site. This helps us glean the most updated information.
- Inspecting the accident site. The area is secured, sketches are made and photographs are taken.
- Interviewing each victim and witness. Our comprehensive approach includes in-depth inquiries with those who were present before and after the accident, not just during the accident itself.
- Making determinations. This includes what conditions diverged from typical preceding the accident, where the abnormality occurred, when it was first noted, and how it occurred.
- Conducting an analysis. Data is thoroughly processed.
- Completing cause identification. We determine why the accident occurred and a likely sequence of events (direct, indirect and basic) leading up to it.
- Sequencing and probable cause. This entails a refinement of causal possibilities.
- Completing a post-investigation.We brief the client on our findings.
- Summarizing. A comprehensive document detailing the cause of the accident and recommended actions and changes that can prevent further incidents.
Remember, an accident investigation is about more than ascertaining what happened – it’s about safeguarding your workers against similar accidents in the future. For more information, contact us now.