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Revision 1 - Health & Safety Management

ACCIDENTS & INCIDENTS QUIZ ANSWERS


1.

Why should incidents be investigated? To establish the initial & underlying

(root) causes; to allow action to be taken to prevent the incidents recurring; to produce
information to allow analysis of trends & patterns; to prioritise any required action; to
prevent accidents, ill-health & other losses; to assist in defending criminal prosecutions &
civil claims.
2. What should be included in an incident investigation report? Details of
what happened, to whom (or what) & when, and of any injuries or ill-health sustained;
identification of the immediate & underlying causes; recommendations for action required
to prevent further occurrences. Can include supporting information e.g. interview
transcripts; statements from witnesses; plans; photos; relevant records; checklists.
3. What are the reporting requirements for major injuries, diseases, over

3 day injuries & dangerous occurrences? Major injury: Responsible Person to

report to enforcing authority immediately by quickest means practicable; follow with a


written report on form F2508 within 7 days. Diseases: Responsible Person to report to
enforcing authority in writing on form F2508A.Needs a medical diagnosis first. Over 3
day injuries: Responsible Person to report to enforcing authority in writing within 10 days
on form F2508 Do not count the day of the accident.. Dangerous Occurrences:
Responsible Person to report to enforcing authority immediately by quickest means
practicable; follow with a written report on form F2508 within 7 days.
4. Give two examples of each of the following - major injury; reportable

occupational disease or ill-health condition; dangerous occurrence.

Major injury: amputation, broken bone (except in hand or foot), penetrating eye injury or
burn to the eye. Reportable occupational disease or ill-health - Leptospirosis, HAVS,
Silicosis, occupational dermatitis. Dangerous Occurrence - collapse of scaffolding, train
collision, failure of lifting equipment, failure of fairground equipment.
5. How can information on accidents & incidents be used within an

organisation? To provide information to be used in the review of the relevant risk

assessments; to prevent further accidents, property damage & ill-health; to provide data
for reactive monitoring; to provide data to contribute to benchmarking; to inform
management of current situation on H&S; to provide information on the adequacy of
current controls; to provide information on the effectiveness of health surveillance; to
contribute to the review of the H&S management system.

Jane Riley 2004


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