Accident Witness Investigations

Accident Witness Investigations

Companies and their legal teams investigate an accident witness for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons may be to…

  • Determine the root cause, in order to prevent similar accidents;
  • Fulfill legal requirements;
  • Determine the cost of an accident;
  • Determine compliance with applicable safety regulations;
  • Process workers’ compensation claims.

According to OSHA, “Incidents that involve no injury or property damage should still be investigated to determine the hazards that should be corrected”. The same principles apply to both minor and serious accidents, the agency said.

When interviewing the witness, the investigator will portray no judgment or acceptance towards what the witness is saying. The witness may be under severe emotional stress or afraid to speak openly, making the interview a real challenge. OSHA advises that investigators interview witnesses as soon as possible and do this alone, not in a group, to ensure that accounts are accurate and truthful. The interview itself can occur at the scene of the accident, to better establish the positions of each person involved, or away from the scene, where the witness may feel more comfortable and secure.

Investigators will inform witnesses that the primary purpose for taking their statements is to prevent future accidents. However, witnesses need to know that confidentiality is not assured.

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