Accident Investigation Kit

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By George Robotham


The following is what I would regard as the ultimate investigation kit, it needs to be tailored to the likely types of investigation.

  1. Digital camera with spare batteries
  2. Video camera, blank D.V.D.’s, spare batteries, tripod
  3. Micro cassette recorder with spare batteries & tapes
  4. Tape measure (up to 50 metres)
  5. Specimen containers
  6. Number of sealable plastic bags
  7. Clipboard & writing paper
  8. Copies of accident report forms
  9. Copies of workers compensation application forms
  10. Disposable gloves
  11. High visibility barrier tape
  12. 4 cans Florescent spray pack paint (various colours)
  13. High quality torch & spare battery
  14. Stanley knife if do not have pocket knife on belt
  15. Marking pens
  16. Ruler
  17. Protractor
  18. Biros
  19. Statutory declaration forms
  20. 2xPortable flashing yellow lights
  21. First-aid kit
  22. Water
  23. Identification tags
  24. Magnifying glass
  25. Paper towelling
  26. Danger & Out of Service tags
  27. Cheap compass
  28. 6 Witches hats
  29. 3 lock-out devices and padlocks
  30. Bag to carry stuff in
George Robotham

George Robotham

George was a Legend in the Safety World who passed away in Sept 2013 but left us with a great legacy
George Robotham
I have worked in OHS for most of my working life, many years in the mining industry including over 10 years in a corporate OHS role with BHP. Since leaving the mining industry I have worked in a variety of safety roles with a variety of employers, large & small, in a variety of industries. I was associated with my first workplace fatality at age 21, the girl involved was young, intelligent, vivacious and friendly. Such a waste! I was the first on the scene and tried to comfort her and tend to her injuries. She said to me “George, please do not let me die” We put her on the aerial ambulance to Rockhampton base hospital where she died the next day. I do not mind telling you that knocked me around for awhile. Since then I have helped my employers cope with the aftermath of 12 fatalities and 2 other life-altering events. The section "Why do Occupational Health & Safety" provides further detail but in summary, poor safety is simply very expensive and also has a massive humanitarian cost. My qualifications include a certificate I.V. in Workplace Training and Assessment, a Diploma in Frontline Management, a Diploma in Training & Assessment Systems, a Bachelor of Education (Adult & Workplace Education) , a Grad. Cert. in Management of Organisational Change and a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management. I am currently studying towards a Masters in Business Leadership. Up until recently I had been a Chartered Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia for 10 years and a member for about 30 years. My interest is in non-traditional methods of driving organisational change in OHS and I have what I believe is a healthy dis-respect for many common approaches to OHS Management and OHS Training. I hold what I believe is a well-founded perception that many of the things safety people and management do in safety are “displacement activities” (Displacement activities are things we do, things we put a lot of energy into, but which when we examine them closely there is no valid reason for doing them). My managerial and leadership roles in OHS have exposed me to a range of management techniques that are relevant to Business Improvement. In particular I am a strong supporter of continuous improvement and quality management approaches to business. I believe leadership is the often forgotten key to excellence in most aspects of life. I hold the Australian Defence Medal and am a J.P.(Qualified). I have many fond memories of my time playing Rugby Union when I was a young bloke.

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