Many accidents occur all over the United States every day. The failure of people, equipment, supplies, or surroundings to act or react as anticipated causes most of them. Accident investigations conclude how and why these failures occur. By using the information acquired through research, a related, or perhaps more catastrophic, accident may be prevented. It is significant to carry out accident investigations with prevention in mind.
Accident Investigation OSHA Standards
There are at present no exact principles for accident investigation. However, this page highlights OSHA standards, preambles to final rules (background to final rules), directives (instructions for compliance officers), and standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to accident investigation.
Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, called as the General Duty Clause, needs employers to “equip each of his employees employment and a position of employment which are free from documented hazards that are causing or are possible to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees. Also provide the relevant OSHA training and OSHA certification“. Section 5(a)(2) requires employers to “fulfill the occupational safety and health standards and OSHA training promulgated under this Act”.
Accident Investigation Safety Program
An efficient safety and health program is dependent upon the trustworthiness of management’s participation in the program, addition of employees in safety and health decisions, accurate worksite analysis to recognize hazards and possible hazards, including those which could result from an alter in worksite conditions or practices, strict prevention and control actions, and thorough OSHA training. It addresses hazards whether or not they are regulated by government standards.