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Incident Investigations: Finding and Eliminating Root Causes


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12/14/21 12:00 pm to 12/14/21 1:00 pm CST

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Incidents don’t just happen. They’re caused by something, and it’s usually more than just one thing. An investigation should identify those causes, but the cause of an incident isn’t the same as the cause of an injury. Injuries may be caused by overexertion, a fall or being struck by an object. Factors that cause an incident, however, are more complex. For example, a wet floor may cause a fall, but determining why the floor was wet and why the hazard wasn’t addressed gets at the root causes.

An incident or near-miss investigation shouldn’t stop when an obvious cause is found; it should continue until all underlying factors are identified. If those root causes aren’t identified and addressed, they’ll continue to generate incidents. Effectively addressing the root causes should help prevent recurrence, which translates to fewer injuries.

This webinar will include a live Q&A session.


Edwin ZalewskiEdwin Zalewski, Senior Editor - EHS, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Ed researches and creates content on a variety of safety-related topics and contributes to a number of products. He specializes in topics such as walking-working surfaces, powered industrial trucks and injury/illness recordkeeping.

Derick PlowdenDerick Plowden, Technical Editor - EHS, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Derick is a technical editor for J. J. Keller’s content and consulting services. He writes for the HazSafety Training Advisor monthly newsletter, responds to customer questions and contributes content to several publications. Derick specializes in topics such as construction regulations, ergonomics, walking-working surfaces, personal protective equipment and injury/illness recordkeeping.


Kevin Druley, Associate Editor, Safety+Health magazine

Kevin covers worker safety for Safety+Health.



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