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This topic covers information about workplace accident causes, prevention, and investigations, including safety programs and methods for correcting safety problems. An "accident" is any unplanned event that results in personal injury or property damage.

The General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to furnish a workplace free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm. Employers face OSHA enforcement action when employees are exposed to hazards that can lead to accidents causing injury or illness.

For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:

  • Job Hazard Analysis for information on determining the hazards involved in a particular job and minimizing the risk of accidents
  • Illness and Injuries for information on OSHA recordkeeping requirements for work-related injuries
  • Safety Plans for information on written accident prevention plans

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Talks 'But What Can I Do ?' (Word)  National
Talks 'THINK!' (Word)  National
Directives 04/14/2005 - CPL 02-00-137 - Fatality/Catastrophe Investigation Procedures (PDF) 04/14/2005National
Directives 08/27/2003 - CPL 2.65A - Safety and Health Information Bulletins (PDF) 08/27/2003National
Directives 10/01/2005 - EAA 01-00-002 - Management Accountability Program (PDF) 10/01/2005National
Proposed Rules 29 CFR 1904 and 1952 - Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses 08/14/2014National
Proposed Rules 49 CFR 105, 107, and 171 - Hazardous Materials: Special Permit and Approvals Standard Operating Procedures and Evaluation Process 08/12/2014National
Guidance Documents 7 stupid reasons new employees get injured—and how to avoid these mistakes  National
Case Studies A 'Blabbermouth' Is to Blame for an Accident?  National
Puzzles A Close Look at Close Calls (PDF)  National
Talks A Close Look at Close Calls (Word)  National
Training Tips Accident Attention: Analyze and Investigate!  National
Handouts Accident Investigation (PDF)  National
Quizzes Accident Investigation (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Accident Investigation (PDF) [Safety Audit Checklists]  National
Talks Accident Investigation Finds Out Why (Word)  National
Plans Accident Investigation Plan  National
Forms Accident Investigation Report  National
Audio Presentations Accident Investigations  National
Speaker's Notes Accident Investigations - Script View  National
Cartoons Accident Investigations (JPG)  National
Handouts Accident Investigations (PDF)  National
Trainer's Guides Accident Investigations (PDF)  National
Quizzes Accident Investigations (PDF)  National
Handouts Accident Investigations (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Accident Investigations (PDF) [OSHA Training System] (long outline)  National
PowerPoints Accident Investigations (PPT)  National
Quizzes Accident Investigations (Word)  National
Training Exercises Accident Investigations Training Exercise 1 (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Accident Investigations Training Exercise 2 (PDF)  National
Handouts Accident Prevention (PDF)  National
Quizzes Accident Prevention (PDF)  National
Puzzles Accident Prevention (PDF)  National
Quizzes Accident Prevention (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Handouts Accident Prevention (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Accident Prevention (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer (short outline)]  National
Meetings Accident Prevention (Word)  National
Quizzes Accident prevention for healthcare workers (PDF)  National
Handouts Accident prevention for healthcare workers (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Accident prevention for healthcare workers [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
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