Accident Reporting

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Accident Reporting
Describe the role of the individual in accident recording and reporting procedures.
Task - The company does not currently report or record near misses, explain why this needs to be done.  Using the company structure explain how accidents and near misses should be reported.  Produce and accident recording system for the company that can be used on site, this may be electronic or paper based. |
Every site should have an accident book, it is important to record accidents and near misses, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) records accidents on a national level. Accidents are recorded so that we can spot if there are common accidents happening that could be ...view middle of the document...

Task -Following an accident on one of your companies construction sites you have been asked to analyse the accident report and produce an evaluation of the report.  Your boss has asked you to suggest ways in which the accident could have been prevented and ways in which a similar accident could be prevented in future. |
Date - 10/1/12 Times - 18.15
Location - Development of domestic houses, Godalming, Surrey.
Summary - 1 person injured with a broken leg, serious bruising to the ribs, after the scaffolding he was working on was struck by a digger and collapsed.
Mr P Collins was checking measurements prior to ordering windows for the houses on the development, in order to do this he had scaled the scaffolding and was at the height of the first floor when the scaffolding was struck by the digger.
The digger was in question was digging the trench for the slip foundations on the adjacent house, whilst a banks man had been overseeing the dig, he had been called away to try and locate some missing materials.
First Aid was administered at the scene and an ambulance was called immediately, prior to the ambulance arriving the casualty had been made stable and comfortable in a manner appropriate with his injuries and recommended first aid treatment.
Following a detailed investigation the following points have been made by the inspector:
1. Mr P Collins was not an employee of the construction company and worked instead for the sub-contractor that will provide the windows for the site. Further investigation has shown that no one was on duty at the gate and as such he was not checked into the site.
2. The company has a register and visitor’s book on site, but this did not appear to be kept up to date.
3. As a result of the above the banks man had no idea that a visitor was on site and did not feel it necessary to stop the dig of the slip foundations whilst he dealt with another matter.
4. The ambulance service commended the first aid treatment that was given Mr Collins.
5. The time of the accident may be significant, given that it would have been dark by 18.15 in February, although floodlights where present on the site.
When writing your report considers the following:
1. Did anyone make mistakes?
2. Do you think anyone is to blame for the accident?
3. What other factors contributed to the accident?
4. What are the legal implications for the construction company?
5. How might this affect the company’s reputation?

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