Insurance Accident Review Boards

The purpose of the Accident Review Board is to review the facts of the occurrence to:

1 . Prevent future accidents.

2. Ensure safe operations in the future.

3. Determine probable cause.

4. Make recommendations as to further actions required.

Board Process:

In some minor accidents the Safety Manager may act as the Chairman, and present his findings directly to the Board. The Board may elect to investigate further or accept the facts as stated. In more serious accidents the Safety Manager acts as a resource to the Board by simply presenting the information he has. In either case the Safety Manager should prepare the final accident report as outlined in this training program.

The composition and conduct of the Board will vary depending on the severity of the accident/mishap. Individuals which should be considered for inclusion on the Board are:

1. Safety Manager.

2. Individual’s supervisor/manager.

3. Peers (2) (with good record).

4. Union Representative (if applicable).

5. Expert Representative: An individual with a thorough knowledge of the accident/mishap area. The individuals involved in the accident are not part of the Accident Review Board, but will be called by the Board to provide testimony.

Rules:

The following rules should be followed:

1. Establish the Board by officially notifying each participant.

2. Establish a cut-off date for the final report.

3. Appoint a Chairman and a recording secretary.

4. Have all rules established beforehand.

5. Set aside adequate time for testimony.

6. Don’t go on a “witch hunt.” Create an atmosphere of inquiry, not interrogation.

7. Review all the evidence.

8. Make a determination with recommendations.

9. Inform the individual of the findings and the recommendations.

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