ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION


Should an accident occur, contact ExploConsult immediately and Bob Morhard will conduct an accident investigation and will prepare an investigation summary of findings and recommendations.



Qualified


Bob Morhard has extensive training and experience with the US Department of Defense Contractors Safety Manual for Ammunition and Explosives (DOD 4145.26-M), US Department of Defense (DOD), US Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA), US Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), US Department of Transportation (DOT) and US Department of Energy (DOE) regulations and guidelines concerning explosives, propellant and pyrotechnic manufacture, handling and use. 


Bob Morhard has extensive technical training in explosives: 

US Air Force and US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) School (Honor Graduate # 1 in class), US Army Missile Maintenance
School (Honor Graduate), US Army Chemical and Biological Weapons Disposal School (Honor Graduate # 1 in class), US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Disposal School (Honor Graduate), US Navy Explosives Safety School (Honor Graduate), US Navy Propellant Manufacturing School (Honor Graduate), US Air Force Explosives Safety School (Honor Graduate) and US Air Force Weapons Mechanic School (Honor Graduate # 1 in class) 



Accident Investigations


The failure of people, equipment, supplies, or surroundings to behave or react as expected causes most of them. Accident investigations determine how and why these failures occur. By using the information gained through an investigation, a similar, or perhaps more disastrous, accident may be prevented. It is important to conduct accident investigations with prevention in mind.


​The following steps should be taken when conducting an accident investigation:

    • Determine what happened.

    • Determine why the incident occurred.

    • Describe the incident that took place—in other words, what prompted the investigation?

    • Establish the facts surrounding the occurrence. This is the heart of the investigation—the investigator must determine who, what,

      when, where and why.

    • Determine whether previous action had been taken to correct the problem. If so, what was it? Why did it fail this time?


Along with specialized questions dependent upon the operation and accident, ExploConsult will ask the following questions when conducting an accident investigation:

    • What was the employee doing at the time of the accident?

    • Was the employee qualified to perform this operation?

    • Were company procedures being followed?

    • Is the job or process new? Had the employee received training on this operation prior to the accident?

    • Were proper tools or equipment being used?

    • Was the proper supervision being provided?

    • What was the location of the accident?

    • What was the physical condition of the area when the accident occurred?

    • What were witnesses doing at the time of the accident?

    • What immediate or temporary action could have prevented the accident or minimized its effect?

    • What long-term or permanent action could have prevented the accident or minimized its effect?

    • Did any unsafe act contribute to the cause of the accident? If so, is any disciplinary action being recommended?

    • Had any disciplinary action been taken with this individual for unsafe acts in the past?


ExploConsult will prepare an investigation summary of findings and recommendations.