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




  • Mike Sutherland

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)


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6:00PM to 9:00PM
Mar 10, 2021 to May 12, 2021
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $550.00
  • Mike Sutherland
Reading List / Textbook

Required Textbook
Title: Practical Loss Control Leadership  
Edition: 3rd
Authors: Frank Bird G Germain  
Publisher: Intl Loss Control Inst
ISBN: 978-0880610544

Required Textbook
Title: Accident Prevention Manual for Business & Industry (Administration & Programs)
Edition: 14th
Authors:  Philip E Hagan, John F. Montgomery, James T. O'Reilly
Publisher: National Safety Council
ISBN: 9780879123215

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Section Notes

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