Incident analysis from the best seat in the house

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We all know that one guy that’s a ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’. Happily providing feedback on how things should have been done. The typical response to someone like this is ‘hindsight is 20/20’.

When it comes to construction being an effective Monday morning quarterback can prevent accidents and injuries in the future. Doing a thorough investigation after an incident could be the most important way to prevent it in the future.

So, what should that investigation look like? How do we make sure its effective? Let’s go over some of the questions we should be asking.

Who?

  • Who was involved?
  • Who witnessed the event?
  • Who was in charge?
  • Who potentially should have been present?

What?

  • What tool/equipment was being used?
  • What was the end result of the job?
  • What rules were not followed?
  • What rules if any should have been in place?

When?

  • When did it happen?
  • When was the decision to do the task made?
  • When was training provided on the task performed?

Where?

  • Where did it happen, outside or inside?
  • Where was employee at the time of the incident?
  • Where was management?
  • Where was tools/equipment?

Why?

  • Why or why not can be applied to each question asked

This is in no way an extensive list but starting with who, what, when, where and why as a basis we can begin to understand why an incident occurred. By analyzing this information and being a good Monday morning quarterback, we can begin to see where changes can be made. Thankfully we don’t have to just be reactive but armored with our knowledge we can begin to be proactive and create a safe work environment for our employees.