Root Cause Analysis: Reduce the Risk of Future Accidents Using OSHA’s Incident Investigation Process

Learn how conducting an effective root cause analysis could help you learn from past safety mistakes to create a safer workplace tomorrow.

One of the most critical parts of a workplace safety program lies in performing a thorough investigation into why an accident or incident occurred to prevent future accidents that could result in the same or similar outcomes. 

Workplace accident investigation processes and procedures to determine root causes should be methodical and comprehensive, and traditional root cause analysis and OSHA’s incident investigation processes meet these objectives. When properly structured, implemented, and followed, both approaches—especially when combined—have proven to be effective and efficient method for performing investigations and reducing future accidents.

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About the Presenter: 

Phil Molé

Before joining VelocityEHS, Phil served as Global EHS Coordinator for John Crane Inc., as a Senior Environmental Consultant for Gaia Tech, and Project Manager for Mostardi Platt Environmental. He has a B.S. in Chemistry and a Masters of Public Health. He was a NIOSH traineeship recipient (1995-1997) and is a member of ASSE and NAEM. His certifications include OSHA 30-hour training (2012), and ISO/OHSAS Internal Auditor Training (2012).

  • How a good root cause investigation can build employee support and “buy in” for safety initiatives and improve your EHS culture  
  • Key “why” questions that are fundamental to both approaches for determining root cause, and how to incorporate the questions into your process to achieve the maximum benefit and uncover critical causal factors that should be addressed to avoid future similar incidents and accidents  
  • How to use the results and findings of your accident investigation processes to the maximum benefit especially for establishing and completing corrective actions (CA) to avoid incidents and accidents in the future.