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Accident/Incident Investigation

Workshop Description:

This workshop will give you the tools to effectively investigate accidents. The class will cover preparation, interviewing witnesses, a powerful method to create a timeline by sequence events, collecting and documenting information, photographing the scene, cause and effect charting to identify root causes and developing of reports.  Major shortcomings and pitfalls of popular methods of accident investigation will be covered.

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James Howe, CSP - Jim Howe is currently the president of Safety Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in machinery and equipment risk assessment, health and safety management system improvement, accident investigation and regulatory compliance. Jim retired from the United Auto Workers Union after 20 years, where he was the Assistant Director of the Health and Safety Department. Jim has conducted more than 300 plant inspections and more than 85 fatality inspections. Jim has been a member of a number of ANSI committees related to machinery safeguarding, lockout, robot safety and risk assessment. In addition, Jim is the chair of the ANSI/AIHA Z10, the Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard. Jim was selected as the Safety Professional of the Year for the State of Michigan in 1997.



Steve Sallman is a Safety & Health Specialist of the United Steelworkers - Health, Safety & Environment Department at the International Headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 


Steve’s employment history includes spending four years at the Iowa Division of Labor – OSHA, in the Consultation & Education Bureau as a Safety & Health Consultant.  Prior to this, he worked at the Firestone Tire & Rubber Plant for 13-years where he served local union #310 as a full-time Health, Safety & Environment representative for 8-years.


Some of Steve’s current duties include, providing assistance to the membership of the USW by conducting workplace health, safety & environment (HSE) audits and investigations at USW represented facilities.  He leads HSE negotiations with various employers, works with government representatives and other organizations and finally, coordinates HSE conferences for the members of the union.