The TOT investigation procedure
A TOT investigation is managed and monitored by the TOT Board appointed by Finnish Workers' Compensation Center (TVK) Management Board. The investigation of an individual TOT case is managed by a TVK expert, who is also the secretary of the investigation team and responsible for communication on the case. TOT investigation teams are responsible for the practical investigation of TOT cases.
The investigation begins when one of TVK’s experts on safety at work appoints a TOT investigation team. At the initial phase of the investigation, the investigation team makes every effort to visit the site of the incident as early as possible. The purpose of the visit is to learn more on the events and circumstances and discuss the case with potential eyewitnesses or other persons who have information on the case. After the visit, a first draft report on the case is prepared and submitted for comments to a representative of the employer of the deceased person and the occupational health and safety representative or a similar employee representative of the company. The draft report is further processed in meetings of the investigation team and comments received from the company are taken into account.
The primary purpose of TOT investigations is to highlight the prevention of similar accidents by publishing the TOT report as soon as possible. The final decision on publication and distribution of the report is made by the TOT Board.
The version of the report approved by the TOT Board is submitted for information to the representative of the employer of the deceased person and the occupational health and safety representative or a similar employee representative of the company along with details of the publication of the report. At this phase, publication of the report is postponed only in such exceptional cases where the feedback received on the case reveals new, unquestionable information essentially related to the course of events that conflicts with the report. In such cases, the investigation team continues to process the report, if deemed necessary.