Imagine, you are on a sun lounger sipping a sumptuous cocktail, under a shade of a huge, palm tree laden with dates, with endless white sands and just the sounds of the waves gently lapping at the water’s edge – a paradise and all you are waiting for is your lunch order of fresh lobster salad to arrive…
Meanwhile, back in the hotel kitchen, there is bedlam. A frying pan full of hot oil has overheated and it’s on fire, the chef is burnt and everyone is running around looking for the fire extinguisher.
Statistics in America report than over a dozen workers died every day in American workplaces in 2014 and nearly 4 million Americans suffered a serious workplace injury. In Cyprus too, we hear of construction accidents, farming accidents and many others which do not even get reported. These events cause much suffering and financial loss not only to workers and their families, but to employers and society as a whole.
All incidents, regardless of size or impact need to be investigated. It is a process which helps employers look beyond what has happened and discover why it happened. This then allows employers to identify and correct shortcomings in their safety and health and management programmes.
It’s important to note that there is a difference between an incident and accident. Accident has come to be considered as a random event which could have not been prevented. However, the vast majority of harmful workplace events do not ‘just happen’ and most are wholly preventable.
When a serious incident occurs in the workplace, everyone is busy dealing with the emergency so it is important to be prepared as to how the incident will be investigated.
This is the foundation of a course designed by Kratis Training and Consulting presented by Managing Director Vangelis Demosthenous. The course is approved by the HRDA and will take place on May 3-5 in Nicosia and cover all the steps in Incident Management and Investigation. The course will include discussions, team exercises, case studies and practical exercises making it interesting and interactive. A must for all professionals who conduct incident investigations as part of their work positions!
A must for all managers in Cyprus! Let’s work together and improve our statistics and work environments.
Kratis Training and Consulting Ltd