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Effective Incident And Near-Miss Investigations: How To Find The Root Cause, Prevent Injuries, And Minimize Your Legal Risks

Webinar: ID# 1026175
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About This Course:
Learn how to conduct a near-miss investigation that will identify the root cause of potential accidents and prevent repeat incidents.

Knowing how to conduct an effective incident investigation when an injury occurs is an essential competency for every safety manager. But, conducting effective inquiries into near misses leads to safety insight that’s just as important.

“Close” safety calls should never be ignored, in fact, they should be treated as seriously as instances when an actual accident occurs. Investigating a near-miss situation can shed valuable light into the root cause of that potential accident, and can help you identify what safety items, in terms of policies, practices, or equipment, need to change to minimize future safety risks before an actual accident occurs.

Join us when Adele Abrams, a nationally recognized OSHA attorney, will teach you how to develop and implement a comprehensive program designed to reduce safety incidents and associated costs. She will also discuss the legal issues associated with safety incidents, including OSHA/MSHA exposure, third-party tort liability considerations and how to address them at the outset documentation, and legal privilege of incident-related materials.

You’ll learn:
  • How OSHA/MSHA incident reporting and investigation processes work and how to use them to your advantage
  • Legal privilege issues associated with investigation and documentation of incidents, root cause investigations, and materials prepared by expert witnesses
  • How tools, such as root cause analysis, behavior based safety, and fault-tree analysis factor into incident and near-miss investigations
  • How to generate support from senior management for you investigation process by demonstrating how such programs can provide significant incident and cost reduction
  • Tips for identifying incident casual factors, many of which are often overlooked or missed, and how to apply them to your existing accident and incident investigation process
  • The key “why” questions to ask for every incident or near-miss investigation to maximize the benefits of your probe and uncover critical causal factors that should be addressed to prevent future similar incidents and accidents
  • How to establish a training process to ensure that those responsible for performing root incident investigations know their roles and how to best carry out assigned investigation duties
  • The feedback loop that can prove invaluable for ensuring that your accident and near-miss investigation processes achieve excellent results
  • How to use the results and findings of your incident and near-miss investigations
About Your Presenter:

Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Firm President
Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C.

Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, is an attorney, safety professional and firm president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. who is recognized as a national expert on occupational safety and health. Ms. Abrams heads a multi-attorney firm with offices in Maryland, Colorado and West Virginia that represents employers and contractors nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation. Ms. Abrams also provides safety and health training, auditing, and consultation services. She is a Certified Mine Safety Professional, and a Department of Labor–approved trainer. Ms. Abrams is on the adjunct faculty of Catholic University in Washington, DC, where she teaches employment and labor law.

Ms. Abrams is also a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and is co-author of several safety-related textbooks. She is chair of the National Safety Council’s Business & Industry Division committee on regulatory and legal affairs. She is admitted to the Bars of MD, DC and PA, as well as multiple federal courts including the US Supreme Court.
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