NEW WEBINAR:

Serious OHS Investigations

CATEGORY – OHS COMPLIANCE

DATE – Wednesday, June 29th, 2022.

TIME – 9:00 AM PDT

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RELATED MATERIALS

Accident Investigation & Reporting

Don’t use legally required incident reports to “tell the story of the accident.”

Accident reporting is crucial to the viability of the OHS system. The government needs to know when accidents happen. It also needs basic information about the accident so it can investigate and enforce the laws. Since the government can’t be everywhere at once, it’s reasonable to require companies to notify the authorities when accidents occur. Self-reporting helps the government track, analyze and, ultimately, prevent accidents.

But there’s also another side to consider. When the government investigates an accident, it’s also looking for evidence it can use to prosecute the company and its officials. The accident report is often the first place the government looks for incriminating evidence. Avoid incriminating yourself when reporting work incidents to OHS officials.

Download the full report here. 

Incident Investigation Checklist

Use this incident investigation checklist to organize your thoughts and questions when conducting an incident investigation so that you don’t overlook key areas, issues, documentation, information, tasks, etc. Tailor this checklist to reflect the requirements in your jurisdiction’s OHS laws and the incident investigation protocol in your workplace.

Download the PDF by clicking here. 

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

The occurrence of a serious workplace injury or fatality is the worst moment in any safety professional’s career. Such events occur without warning but require the safety professional to respond promptly and in a well thought-out manner in emotionally charged circumstances.

This live webinar will highlight key legal and strategic considerations when responding to serious workplace incidents, including:

  • satisfying your statutory obligations under the BC Workers Compensation Act;
  • carrying out the employer’s investigation;
  • responding to investigations by police, WorkSafeBC and other agencies;
  • retaining experts/advisors; supporting persons impacted by the incident; and
  • responding to inquiries from the press and other third parties.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Andrew C. Wood - Harris & Company

Name: Andrew Wood

Title: Partner

Company: Harris & Company LLP

LinkedIn: Andrew Wood

Andrew’s practice focus is occupational health and safety (OHS) law. He provides strategic advice and representation to employers on issues relating to the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, the Canada Labour Code, and associated federal OHS regulations. He is especially skilled at working on matters regarding serious injuries and fatalities, including advising clients on crisis management and how to avoid administrative penalties and prosecutions in such serious cases. Andrew has advised employers in over 40 cases involving workplace fatalities.

Andrew has represented both provincially and federally regulated public and private sector employers involved in a wide range of activities, including local government, education, hospitality, insurance, forestry, mining, construction, manufacturing, maritime, utilities, transportation, warehousing and distribution, property management, retail, healthcare, and the arts.

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