Conducting an Accident Investigation


An accident defined is - 'an unplanned event that interrupts the completion of an activity, and that may (or may not) include injury or property damage'.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act of Trinidad and Tobago 2004 fully came into effect in August 2007. What does this mean to an employer? It means you are now bounded by law, under the General Duties clause of the act to "Ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of all his employees" section 6 (1).

In spite of our best efforts, accidents occasionally occur. While many seem to happen for obvious reasons, there may be things that contribute to an accident which are not always apparent. That's why it is vital to conduct a thorough Accident Investigation.

If there were to be an accident on the premises of an employer, whether it is an employee or a visitor, the employer is required to conduct an accident investigation with the main reasons being:

  • to find out the cause of accidents and to prevent similar accidents in the future
  • to fulfill any legal requirements with relation to the act
  • to determine the cost of an accident
  • to determine compliance with applicable safety regulations
  • to process workers' compensation claims Part VIII section 46 through 52 goes into great detail on what is the legal requirement of the employer

Learning Objectives

The Lok Jack GSB is hosting a one day seminar on conducting An Accident Investigation, where some of the key topics covered in this workshop will be:

  • Who should conduct the accident investigating?
  • Should the immediate supervisor be on the team?
  • Why look for the "root cause"?
  • What are the steps involved in investigating an accident?
  • What should be looked at as the cause of an accident?
  • How are the facts collected?
  • What should I know when making the analysis and conclusions?
  • Why should recommendations be made?
  • What should be done if the investigation reveals "human error"?
  • How should follow-up be handled?

Target Audience

This programme would be beneficial to:

  • HSE professionals
  • Supervisors
  • Shop Stewards
  • Safety Practitioners
  • Safety Committee Members
  • Managers
  • Students of HS& E

Facilitator: Mr. Rajesh Kandhai

Mr. Rajesh Kandhai has been involved in Health and Safety for more than ten years now. His career has been quite diverse ranging from regulatory; to private oil and gas; educational; as well as international. During his career, Mr. Kandhai held positions such as Environmental Inspector for the EMA, Operations Environmental Advisor for bpTT; worked on the Shah Deniz Gas project in Azerbaijan and assisted in the emergency response efforts in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Currently he is the HSE Manager at the University of the West Indies.


Date View Event Calendar 23rd - 24th July, 2014
Time 8:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Duration  2 Day
Cost TT $3,200.00 (inclusive of training materials, refreshments and Certificate of Participation) 
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice.
Venue Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business
South Campus
Gopaul Lands


Tel: 645-6700
Fax: 662-1411


Shadeed Ali - ext. 131
Indira Patel - ext. 136



Certificates will only be issued to participants who have attained a minimum attendance rate of 75% for the duration of the course.

Course Cancellation/ Reschedule Policy

Arthur Lok Jack GSB (ALJGSB) reserves the right to cancel training at any time. If ALJGSB cancels the training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, you are entitled to a full refund of the course fee, or your course fee can be credited toward a future training, based upon availability (providing payments have been made before original advertised date).

ALJGSB reserves the right to reschedule training at any time. If ALJGSB reschedules training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, the training will take place at the next available time. Participants will be informed via phone and/or e-mails.



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