Investigate an Event

Event investigations are undertaken to:

  • Identify and analyse the contributing factors
  • Develop preventative measures by eliminating or better controlling the contributing factors
  • Review the contributing factors from a legal, compliance, and best practice perspective, and do something about them.

Full investigations are carried out in the event of any serious harm injury or fatality, or any event that had potential to cause serious harm or fatality. The University may also be requested by a statutory authority, such as Worksafe, to conduct an investigation.

Responsibilities and the approach to investigations is set out in Protocol: Event Investigation

The Manager or Head of the Department together with the Health and Safety Manager will determine who will lead any investigation. The investigation leader will appoint an Investigation Team, with a minimum of two people, including one person from outside the department in which the event occurred.

Investigations are recorded in RMSS: Event Manager - Investigate or complete this form and discuss with Health & Safety Team.

Guidance to investigation teams is included in the Protocol: Event Investigation, and the Checklist for Event Investigator

The investigation report is an important outcome from the investigation. The draft of the report should be sent to the Health and Safety team, along with other interested internal parties. The report will include Corrective Actions and these need to be entered into RMSS.

The Health and Safety team need to be kept informed of progress of the event investigation and be party to the report before it is finalised.


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