The accident investigation kit is an important part of the investigation. Each company may design its own investigation kit, depending on what the company feels it may need. For some companies, the accident investigation kit may be far more complex than for other companies.
The accident investigation kit should be on the work site at all times. The components should be on hand prior to any accident. In other words, the kit should be assembled ahead of any accident and readily available for the accident investigation team.
An example kit might include:
- Report forms, clipboard, pens
- Barricade tape
- Tape measure
- Tape recorder
- Work gloves
The above items should be considered the most basic and essential elements of an investigation kit.
- A camera to take pictures that can be used as evidence or to help supplement the report.
- Report forms to help make sure details are not overlooked while conducting the investigation.
- Barricade tape to block off the accident scene until the investigation is complete.
- A flashlight to look for hidden details and help team members who may need to work in dark spaces.
- A tape measure to record distances and heights.
- A tape recorder to record witness statements or investigators’ observations.
- Work gloves to move equipment or debris.
It is important that accident investigation team members know how to properly use the equipment that is contained in the kit. The time to learn how to operate the camera, for example, is before an accident investigation must be performed.
The same holds true for pre-training on issues such as filling out reports and drafting graphs and diagrams of the accident scene. Training on the use of the kit should be one of the first tasks a new team member receives.
The above information comes from BLR’s presentation “Accident Investigations.” For more information on all the training courses BLR has to offer, go to our Accident Investigations page.