Personal Injury Investigation and Transportation Claims Presented by The Office of Risk Management Loss Prevention Unit
Course Objectives • Determine when to conduct an investigation. • Understand the steps in investigating an incident/accident. • Identify the actual root cause and contributing factors. • Properly complete the investigation report. • Implementation of this process w/in state agencies, so as to comply with ORM requirements.
What Should You Investigate? • All job-relatedaccidents(injury and/or property damage) • All job-relatedincidents(could have caused injury and/or property damage) involving: • Employees • Clients/visitors • Property
Purpose of Investigation • Document facts/findings at the scene • Determine the cause • Implement corrective action to prevent future occurrence
Have a written plan in place with procedures for responding to, reporting, and investigating accidents/incidents, including property damage. Written Plan
Training • Ensure all employees receive training on the Plan and reporting/investigation procedures. • Acclimate all employees to IMMEDIATELY report ALL accidents/incidents, including property damage, to the appropriate personnel. • Assure that those responsible for investigations obtain the necessary specialized training.
The Plan Should Address: 1. Preservation of life (obtaining medical care) 2. Who to report accidents & incidents to 3. Securing the accident scene 4. Proper gathering of information 5. Identifying corrective measures and tools • Implementation of controls • Timely ORM claims reporting
The Plan Should Address: • Who conducts the investigation • Which form to complete for which type of incident/accident 10. Who will review the form for completeness and accuracy 11. To whom are the forms sent to upon completion
Preservation of life • Remove/neutralize hazards if possible (Ex: Gas Leak) • Remove the injured from the hazard • Provide medical treatment
Report the Accident • Follow the agency’s accident reporting/investigation procedures. • Whom to report • How soon to report • Method of reporting • Who conducts investigation
Secure Accident Scene • Control access to the scene-- • Use barriers to limit entry • Use people to stand guard, if possible • Do NOT adjust or modify the scene *Exception: Removal of victims
Gathering Information Questions to Ask WHO? WHEN? WHAT? WHY? WHERE? HOW?
Gathering Information • View accident scene promptly (Conditions can change) • Provide a clear description of the incident/accident • Provide a clear description of the location • Take photographs • Keep log sheet of photos taken • Indicate direction of view
Gathering Information con’t • Collect any items associated with incident/accident • Label and secure items • Take measurements of pertinent items • Changes in elevation • Relevant distances • Size of equipment
Gathering Information con’t • Identify witnesses • Name, contact numbers, and home address • Get written statement (signed and dated) • What they actually saw or heard • Conduct Interviews • Document any verbal information • Clarify reported information
N/A is normally NOT applicable Unsafe Act Unsafe Condition Contributing Factors Identify Corrective Measures & Tools: Root Cause Analysis
Definitions Unsafe Act A behavioral departure from an accepted, normal, or correct procedure or practice--which has produced injury or property damage or has the potential for doing so; an unnecessary exposure to a hazard; conduct that reduces the degree of safety normally present in an activity.
Definitions Unsafe Condition Any physical state which deviates from that which is acceptable, normal, or correct as regards past or potential future production of injury/illness and property damage; any physical state which reduces the degree of safety.
Contributing Factors • Uncontrollable Events • Nature • Animals/wildlife • Other people
Corrective Measures & Tools • Job Safety Analysis • Review/Revise/Devise policies, procedures, or rules • Enforce policies, procedures, or rules • Provide training to employees • Provide refresher training • Promote employee participation • Ensure safe work conditions • Ensure proper job placement of employees (re: physical limitations)
Corrective Measures cont’d • Workplace provisions: • PURCHASE NEW TOOLS & EQUIPMENT • REDESIGN THE WORK AREA • IMPROVE HOUSEKEEPING • INSTALL WARNING DEVICE • ADD TO EXISTING SIGNAGE • REMOVE BROKEN EQUIPMENT OR TOOLS • IMPROVE LIGHTING • IMPROVE VENTILATION • LIMIT ACCESS
IMPLEMENT CONTROLS • Make provisions for each selected means of control • Follow-up and re-evaluate to determine effectiveness • Has any similar incidents/accidents recurred? • Has the severity of the incidents/accidents declined?
Reports Specify in the accident investigation plan– • What reports are necessary • Who completes the reports & is designated to review for accuracy • Timeline for submitting reports & to whom
Submitting Claim Forms http://www.state.la.us/orm/claims.htm STARS
Transportation Claims The DA 2041 form is due 48 hours after the accident. You may fax it to ORM at 225/342-4470 or email it to DA2041-ORM@la.gov. This form can be found on our website: www.doa.louisiana.gov/orm/formsCR.htm If a third party contacts your office on a State auto claim, tell them to call 225/342-6031.
On Scene Investigation The following are the steps in conducting a general on-scene investigation: • Identify yourself to the investigating officer. Ask for permission to conduct your investigation. Stay out of the officer’s way.
On Scene Investigation Make a record of : 1. Officer’s name 2. Badge number 3. Phone number (accident record dept.) 4. Official report number (if available now)
On Scene Investigation cont’d Secure 35 mm or digital color photos before the vehicles are moved. (Quality and composition are very important. Clear focus, lighting, speed of film and weather can all affect the quality of the photos)
On Scene Investigation cont’d Document pertinent information: • Position of vehicles • Points of impact • Debris from the accident (ex.Glass, fluids, etc.) • Speed signs • Obstructions to driver’s or witnesses’ view • Skid marks • Gouge or breakdown marks • Gaps in skids
Scene Diagram Complete a scene diagram. You, the investigator, prepare the diagram. It is based on all the objective, factual evidence acquired during the scene investigation. This diagram represents your opinion of how the accident happened.
Post-Test • What is the difference between an unsafe act and an unsafe condition? • Who is authorized to do accident investigations at your location? • What is an incident? • Who completes the accident investigation report at your location?
Any Questions? Thank you for attending!!!