Background: Central/ Western Europe, Intern, Engineering.
My current employer, a chemical engineering firm, had a fatal accident a few years ago. One of their employees was fatally injured while working with an earlier iteration of the product that I now help develop. I intern at a testing department which has a strong connection to the accident, and I'm really interested in the details of what happened, like the accident sequence and contributing factors and what changes were implemented.
- I think the employee was in the same department, so the people I work with knew him.
- The accident was obviously embarrassing to the company that prefers to be hush-hush.
- It is rumoured (but unverified) that the product was externally and maliciously compromised in some way.
- It may be beyond what I need to know, but I've been with the company for a few months by now and feel that at some point I deserve a little more insight, especially if it might have a professional benefit.
- I am, however, not scared of the same type/sort of accident happening to me, since I think appropriate measures have been taken.
I'm scared that I'm going to stir up emotion and come across as overly curious if I ask about it, while I have reason to think that a lot of changes where implemented after the said accident.
How do I tactfully ask about the accident and the lessons-learned?