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Inspection Report: IG-0442

April 1, 1999

Inspection of Selected Issues Regarding the Department of Energy Accident Investigation Program

One method used by the Department of Energy (DOE) to promote worker safety is through the Department’s accident investigation program. The objectives of the program are, among other things, to enhance safety and health of employees, to prevent the recurrence of accidents, and to reduce accident fatality rates and promote a downward trend in the number and severity of accidents. The Assistant Secretary, Office of Environment, Safety and Health (EH), through the EH Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oversight, is responsible for implementation of the Department’s accident investigation program.