Checklist for Investigation

Organizations are today under increasing scrutiny in an effort to ensure that its operations, personnel, and agents comply with both external and internal policies. Whether private or publicly owned, companies are being investigated by federal, state, local and foreign authorities. Here is a checklist that will save your day and keep you on the good books.

Incident Fact Finding

  • Check who was involved in the incident.
  • Determine who saw the incident.
  • Determine who was working with the involved person.
  • Analyze who instructed and/or assigned the job to the person.
  • Determine who else was involved.
  • Research who has information on events prior to the incident.
  • Check who assessed the risks involved in the job.
  • Determine who was responsible for implementing risk controls.
  • Check who checked the safety of equipment prior to work commencing.
  • Determine where the incident occurred.
  • Analyze where the damage occurred.
  • Determine where the supervisor was at the time.
  • Research where the witnesses were at the time.

Incident Process Description

  • Analyze how the incident occurred.
  • Analyze how the injury occurred.

 Analyze The Risks

  • Research how could the incident have been avoided.
  • Research how could the injury have been avoided.
  • Analyze how could better job design be achieved.
  • Analyze how the supervisor could have prevented the incident.
  • Analyze how better equipment design could help.
  • Analyze if it’s possible to detect systems failure before it occurs.

Identify Corrective Actions

  • Identify what could have been done instead.
  • Identify how else actions could have been done instead.

This investigation checklist has three main purposes including to assist decision makers in the determination of whether an investigation is necessary or not,  to determine on what resources to leverage in conducting the type of investigation that they have chosen and finally to provide the investigator with potential checklist of issues that they should consider and address during the process.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *