Course Description

Understanding accident theory and the incident investigation process are essential in determining why workplace incidents occur and how to prevent re-occurrences. By providing categories of causes, accident theory helps explain how accidents are caused. Incident investigation answers the: who, what, why, when, where and how so that re-occurrences can be prevented. Through examples and case studies, gain an overview of the most important theories, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to select the best model and best methods for each investigation.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of workplace inspections, incident investigations and auditing as feedback mechanisms for improving health and safety management systems
  • Discuss the value of completing incident investigations and why completing investigations can help to prevent more serious accidents
  • Explain how the results of an incident investigation are used to effect change in the function of the health and safety management system
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of accident investigation
  • Discuss a number of the common mistakes made in incident investigations
  • Describe the process of data analysis to establish causes and contributing factors
  • Explain how to distinguish between root causes and intermediate causes of incidents
  • List and describe the advantages and disadvantages of common accident investigation methods or models
  • Discuss the major role that accident causation theory plays in improving the outcome of incident investigations



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Online Asynchronous
Jun 18, 2024 to Aug 26, 2024
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $559.00
Reading List / Textbook

No textbook required

Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

To fully participate in the live sessions, students will need: a reliable headset with microphone and a webcam.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students registered on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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