Improving the investigation and learning of occupational accidents in Denmark – some important barriers

Frank Huess Hedlund, Per Tybjerg Aldrich

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Abstract

This paper reports some results of a study on the accident investigation practices of the Danish Working Environment Authority (DWEA). One of the main findings is that the current authority response primarily is framed in a context of legal procedure and inspection agency enforcement work. A major objective of an accident investigation visit by a DWEA inspector is to identify specific violations of the Danish Working Environment Act and to establish sufficient factual basis for the appropriate judicial punitive responses (citations, orders and penalties). It is also an objective to develop and support the company's capacity to investigate and learn from own accidents. This second objective regarding learning can be difficult to achieve however. The general atmosphere at the visit may not support an open exchange of information and be conducive to learning, given the prospect that disclosure on the part of the company may perceived as potential self-incrimination.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 50th Nordic Ergonomics and Human Factors Society Conference : Future Work: Digitalisation and Innovation
EditorsO. Broberg , R. Seim
Publication date2019
Pages103-111
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event50th Nordic Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (NES) Conference: Future Work: Digitalisation and Innovation - Helsingør, Denmark
Duration: 25 Aug 201928 Aug 2019
Conference number: 50
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Conference

Conference50th Nordic Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (NES) Conference
Number50
CountryDenmark
CityHelsingør
Period25/08/201928/08/2019
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Keywords

  • Accident investigation
  • Learning
  • Apportion of blame
  • Legalism

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Hedlund, F. H., & Aldrich, P. T. (2019). Improving the investigation and learning of occupational accidents in Denmark – some important barriers. In O. Broberg , & R. Seim (Eds.), Proceedings of the 50th Nordic Ergonomics and Human Factors Society Conference: Future Work: Digitalisation and Innovation (pp. 103-111)