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What is the purpose of investigating a workplace accident?

On Behalf of | Jun 29, 2019 | workers' compensation

If you have been hurt in an accident at your job in Georiga, you may be wondering what the purpose of an investigation is when you have already told what has happened and your story is supported by other witness statements. While it may seem counterproductive at first glance, investigating your accident is actually highly beneficial for both you and your employer. 

When your accident happens, as soon as you are able, it is imperative that you provide as much detail as possible in regards to what happened that led up to your accident. Utilizing these details and any witness statements, your employer will be able to conduct their own investigation into the incident. Oftentimes, such investigations reveal a root cause to the issue that could point to modifications that need to be made in equipment procedures, response protocols and other factors that could better protect you and your coworkers in the future. 

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a thorough worksite investigation can have other valuable benefits including the ability to improve employee morale and the potential to help you and your coworkers to be more effective and productive in your responsibilities by providing support stemming from discoveries that were made throughout the investigation. The most effective course corrections that will enable a better working environment for you, are most successfully discovered when your employer takes the time and resources to conduct their own investigation into your accident and how it could have been avoided altogether. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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