730 Taking Incident Investigations to the Next Level: A Behavioral Science Approach
Traditional incident investigations in safety tend to focus on events and unsafe conditions. More
recently, some investigations are focusing on unsafe acts. Still, many could go further in
understanding the environmental variables that supported unsafe behaviors and how to change
them to change the behavior in the future.
Behavioral science can help improve incident investigations in two ways: (1) It can
provide a deeper understanding of the context of the injury and ways to prevent similar events
in the future, and, (2) It can make the process of incident investigation result in a more positive and
better learning experience for all involved. This paper will outline strategies for both.
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