OSHA #7505 – Introduction to Incident (Accident) Investigation

Incident (Accident) Investigation

What is OSHA #7505 – Introduction to Incident (Accident) Investigation? Paul Satti, the technical director of projects and research at the Construction Safety Council, a partner of NSEC, describes the in-person course here. Because students cannot safely attend in-person courses during the COVID-19 pandemic, OSHA authorized a limited-time, virtual version of this course. Find the course here.

How long have you been teaching this course, Paul?

Over two years now.

Who should take OSHA #7505?

Project managers, superintendents, foreman and other supervisors who do incident investigations at work should take OSHA #7505 – Intro to Incident (Accident) Investigation. In general, responsible people in any job with an employee/employer relationship should take this course. Some people in low-hazard industries, such as retail shops, might not think they need this course because they have never experienced a recordable injury. However, they still need to prepare because anyone can slip on a floor or fall off a ladder.

What important advice do you share in every OSHA #7505 course?

First, people will judge you based on how you handle a crisis rather than the actual crisis itself. Also, determine the root cause of why something happened. This is the basis for your job as a safety and health professional. Finally, just because something did or didn’t happen should not lead to judgement on the success of one’s safety and health management system.

What statistic or piece of information consistently surprises students?

The total cost, direct and indirect, of an injury always gets a reaction. I share the “Safety Pays” website on www.osha.gov to show students how much accidents cost a company. The SafeCalc tool lets users calculate how much ROI a company could gain by switching to safer work practices, tools or materials.

What would you say to managers or employers who are undecided about taking OSHA #7505?

Even if you don’t see yourself in a Human Resources or a safety role, you should take this course. By doing this, you prepare yourself for workplace accidents. If you could be even remotely close to an incident, you should know the process of incident investigation.

Can you describe one of the in-class activities you do for this course?

Here is a picture of one of my 7505 classes I taught.

Students in OSHA #7505 course Introduction to Incident (Accident) Investigation do an activity.

The students drew out a scene in which someone fell. They mapped out the worksite and made notes about the conditions that caused the injury.


For more information on OSHA #7505 – Introduction to Incident (Accident) Investigation and all other NSEC OSHA numbered courses, click here.

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