Incident Investigator

About this course

The aim of the course is to equip candidates with the ability and confidence to conduct investigations into accidents/ incidents occurring on site.

With the use of course material provided, the candidate will be able to;

– Participate in investigations into HSE incidents

– Conduct workplace inspections to identify and report on unsafe conditions

– Identify the cause/s of accidents/ incidents

– Identify underlying causes

– Make recommendations to the employer to prevent re-occurrences

– Apply the principles learnt in the workplace


1. Why Investigate?

2. Principles of Incident Investigations

– The Language of Incident Investigations

– Investigate All Incidents, Including “Close Calls”

– Investigate Programs, Not Behaviours

– Focus on the Root Causes, Not Blame or Fault

3. Establish an Incident Investigation Program

4. Conduct Incident Investigations – a Four-Step System Approach

Step 1 – Preserve/ Document the Scene

Step 2 – Collect Information

Step 3 – Determine Root Causes

Step 4 – Implement Corrective Actions

5. Legislation Reference

6. Annexures

Annexure A – Incident Investigation Form

Annexure B – Incident Investigator’s Kit

Annexure C – Tips for Video/ Photo Documentation

Annexure D – Sketch the Scene Techniques

Annexure E – Collect Information Checklist

Annexure F – Sample Questions for Identifying Incident Root Causes

Target Audience

This course is targeted at Managers, Supervisors and HSE Representatives with responsibilities for functions within the workplace.

Course Code



SAIOSH (South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health), a professional body recognised by SAQA.

CPD Credits

Course Accredited with 5 CPD credits.

Course Duration

This eLearning course may be completed from 8hrs up to 6 weeks from registration.

Entry Requirements



Students are required to complete a questionnaire.

There are no exams for this course.

Course Cost

R832 all inclusive, once off cost.


Upon completion of this course, students will be awarded a Bloem First Aid Academy Certificate.