Investigating accidents

The Postal Service has introduced two resources to help managers, supervisors and others whose jobs involve investigating workplace accidents.

The USPS Accident Investigation Guide is an online publication that explains how to respond to an accident, collect data at the scene and analyze the information to prevent future accidents. Posters, checklists and an analysis template are included.

Additionally, the Postal Service has created a series of companion videos that show managers and supervisors how to use these tools.

“These new resources can be used to support those who are new to accident investigations as well as those who have been investigating accidents for years,” said Linda DeCarlo, occupational safety and health senior director. “By ensuring every accident is investigated, we want to help managers and supervisors identify root causes and take action to ensure future accidents don’t occur.”

The Accident Investigation Guide is available on the Resources for Safety and Health website, while the companion videos are on the National Safety BlueTube page.

Managers and supervisors who have questions can email the headquarters safety team.

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