Calif. State Fund To Host Accident Investigation Seminar

California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund will sponsor a comprehensive accident investigation seminar in Oxnard, Calif., on April 18. The seminar, which is free to State Fund policyholders, is designed to show employers how to more thoroughly investigate accidents to reduce their future claims.

Featured speakers at the seminar include Hank Cierpich, safety engineer with the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Project, and Michael Kerney, director of risk management services for the Olympic Insurance Agency.

The seminar will be conducted in two parts. Cierpich will provide an overview of how the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Fatality Assessment, investigate workplace fatalities in Southern California. Cierpich will explain the investigative techniques and surveillance procedures the FACE program uses to identify and prevent risks for occupational injuries and fatalities.

Kerney will explain how workplace hazards can be discovered and corrected through properly conducted accident investigations. He will show how accident investigation results can work as a catalyst for preventing future workplace accidents and provide workers with a safer environment.

The seminars are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at State Fund’s Oxnard District Office, 2901 N. Ventura Road, 2nd Floor conference room. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. and free parking is available. A continental breakfast will be served at the event. Participants will also receive an accident investigation camera kit.

To register, call Alberto Aldana at 805-988-5270 or fax to 805-988-5201. Or, e-mail

The Oxnard seminar is part of a series of educational programs State Compensation Insurance Fund is holding throughout the state in order to help employers create safe workplaces.

Source: SCIF