Module 4 – Project Task 1.10 – Accident investigation
A person has been injured whilst performing duties at the worksite. The worker stepped on some loose broken blockwork laying on the ground in a pedestrian traffic area and tore the ligaments in his ankle.
As part of your role, you are responsible for conducting an investigation to identify how the accident occurred, whether the safety measures identified in Activity 1 have been complied with, and what additional actions are required to be taken in order to ensure that the accident is not repeated.
In order to achieve this, you need to conduct an interview of the injured person.
What do I need to do?
This task will be done in pairs as a role play. The role play involves the Site Supervisor interviewing the injured worker to ascertain how the accident occurred.
There are two roles to be played within this role play, the supervisor and the injured worker. Each student will play the role of the Supervisor. Only the student playing the role of the Site Supervisor is being assessed during the role play.
To ensure you are ready for the interview, you must prepare a checklist of questions to ask the injured person. The questions must be clear and able to provide you with sufficient information as to why and how the accident occurred and to be able to complete documentation required below.
Once you have carried out the interview, you must complete the following:
- Complete an investigation report which must identify:
- The nature of the injury
- The activities which caused the injury to occur
- Whether the safe work practices identified in Activity 1 have been complied with
- What additional actions are required to minimise the risk of the accident occurring again
- An assessment if the likelihood of the accident occurring again if additional safety measures are put in place
- A cost benefit analysis outlining the cost of the additional safety measures compared to the benefits obtained from implementation
- Two specialist/expert providers of information for whom the matter should be referred, the reasons why the matter should be referred, and an assessment of how seeking specialist advice will ensure compliance with workplace safety requirements
- In an email, forward the report to the regulatory authority in accordance with legislative requirements
- Complete a written notice/agreement to the injured person outlining the safety measures to be put in place following the accident, and the obligations of the injured person to ensure that they follow all workplace safety arrangements. Within this written notice/agreement outline how the effectiveness of the new safety measures will be monitored and reviewed.
- Prepare a detail email for staff members outlining the new safety measures which are to be put in place and the strategies for monitoring their effectiveness, as well as consequences and penalties for staff members found to be breaching safety requirements.
How will I be assessed for this task?
This task will be completed via a Role Play. Your trainer will divide you into groups of two. The assessor will be assessing you on the following:
- Your knowledge accident investigation processes
- Your communication skills to ensure you communicate in an appropriate manner and take into account any cultural differences
You will also have to submit the following:
- Completed investigation report covering above requirements
- Completed email to the authorities
- Completed letter to the injured worker covering above requirements
- Completed email to all staff outlining the new safety measures
- All documentation must be typed and formatted
Module 4 – Assessment Task 1 – Activity 1.10 – Accident investigation
|Module 4 – Assessment Task 1 – Activity 1.10 – Accident investigation|
|This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome1. Carried out comprehensive interview identifying nature of injury, cause of accident, breakdowns in processes which allowed for accident to occur, and proposed rectifications • Demonstrated interviewing skills with clear and direct communications • Used questioning to identify and confirm circumstances that led to the accident • Listened and understood descriptions of the incident||1 pts Satisfactory 0 pts Unsatisfactory||1 pts|
|This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome2. Identification of appropriate measures to prevent recurrence of accident, and accurate assessment of how these measures meet legislative and regulatory compliance requirements||1 pts Satisfactory 0 pts Unsatisfactory||1 pts|
|This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome3. Detailed written agreement with injured person to confirm ongoing compliance with worksite safety requirements||1 pts Satisfactory 0 pts Unsatisfactory||1 pts|
|This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome4. Detailed email to workers outlining newly implemented safety procedures||1 pts Satisfactory 0 pts Unsatisfactory||1 pts|
|Total Points: 4|
Interview of the injured worker
The injured worker will be questioned to clearly establish ‘what, where, why’ of the accident.
The worker stepped on some loose broken blockwork lying on the ground in a pedestrian traffic area and tore the ligaments in his ankle.
The checklist of questions to be asked of the injured worker:
- What did exactly happen?
- What were you doing when the incident happened?
- Where did it exactly happen?
- When did the accident happen?
- Did anybody witness the incident?
- Were you distracted at the time? Were you on the phone at the time?
- If yes, provide further explanation of the situation.
- Were you inducted on the site?
- Why do you think this accident happened?
- What kind of footwear did you wear?
Circumstances of the accident
- The worksite was not clean and tidy, not free of debris that can contribute to tripping.
- Bricklayers had left rubble on the worksite.
- Workplace safety guidelines, SWMS were not followed.
- A lack of supervision from the site manager, allowing SWMS to breached, in particular allowing the bricklayers to leave rubble in the work area.
- A ‘substandard’ workplace safety culture.
- Not all onsite personnel clearly inducted on workplace safety guidelines.
- The site manager failed to establish consistent compliance with workplace safety guidelines.