A resource for those who have responsibility for or who are likely to be involved in accident investigation. Starting with some historical background, the book then provides some psychological tools to answer the question why people behave in ways which they know to be unsafe. There is a full discussion of the advantages of good accident investigation. The central part of the book gives an account of the accident investigation procedure and covers everything from the contents of the investigator to the eventual cleaning up operation.
The task of interviewing witnesses is then examined, with many practical hints on how to conduct a good interview. In chapter six the author suggests ways of assembling and making sense of the information gained in the investigation process, and then goes on to consider the writing and contents of the accident report.
The aim of accident investigation must be to prevent accidents; to save lives and to save money. In the final two chapters of this book the author asks how we can effectively do this by improving the safety culture of an organisation. There is also a check-list for the accident investigator and report writer to use.