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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    The role of accident investigation


    The role of accident investigation is important

    If an employee has suffered an accident at work and wishes to pursue a personal injury claim, they must establish that it was not their fault. Of course, the process of establishing who or what was at fault is indispensable in analysing how to prevent similar accidents happening in the future. Accident investigation is therefore a necessary part of dealing with the whole issue. The role of accident investigation is important and follows a formal procedure:

    1. The fact gathering stage
    2. Factual analysis
    3. Drawing the conclusions
    4. Making the recommendations

    Different methods can be used

    • Causal analysis – “chain of events” analysis
    • Analysis by experts
    • Organisational analysis

    Photo techniques

    In addition to photographic recording of an accident, modern techniques include:

    Camera matching – using Computer Aided Design techniques to use photos from different angles to build up a 3D image of the accident investigation scene.

    Photogrammetry – can build a 3D image of an object, from existing photos (2D), after the scene may have been cleared.

    Specialised rectification software can convert a photo into a bird’s eye view and can also be used to analyse information that may not have been measured at the scene.

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    Learning and moving on

    The most common reported injuries at work are slips, trips and falls, being hit by a moving object, or falling from a height. By law, all accidents have to be recorded and organisations with more than ten employees must report it to the Health and Safety Executive. However, some accidents or long term injuries may be more serious and require a more involved and detailed accident investigation.  To make a successful claim for an award for injury at work, it is necessary to prove the liability of a third party. However, most businesses know that safe operations are more conducive to profitability than dangerous ones and find accident investigation a useful tool for improving their working and production practices. Sometimes an accident is not necessarily a deliberate fault or oversight but a combination of unusual factors.

    Personal injury claim

    Those seeking to make a personal injury claim can talk to an experienced personal injury law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline who provide access to justice for victims of non-fault accidents. Accident Advice Helpline have helped thousands of people win awards to compensate them and help them get back to fitness.

    All our lawyers proceed on a no-win, no-fee basis and we require no payments in advance. Call our friendly advisers on our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile or take our online 30-second test to check the eligibility of your claim. We are endorsed by Dame Esther Rantzen, consumer champion, so call us today and find out what we can do for you.

    Call us now for more information on the role of accident investigation and how to make a claim.

    Date Published: 11th February 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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