Near miss reporting
Most of us have now heard of near misses and understand the difference from an accident.
The HSE definitions are:
Accident is “any unplanned event that results in personnel injury or damage to property, plant or equipment.
Near-miss is “an unplanned event which does not cause injury or damage, but could have done so.”
But what does this really mean.
At work when we have an accident we report the accident, we expect the management to investigate the accident and put in place corrective actions to stop this happening again. If we applied this principle to schools it would go like this.
Send your child to school, let them get injured and then after they have been injured put corrective actions in place to stop it happening to others. Would you send your children to this school or would you work for a boss who acted in this way. Well millions of us do just this every day. The alternative way is to be proactive.
Wouldn’t it be better to identify our own and others near misses and report them before there is an actual accident.
For example, at work the driver of the fork lift truck, was driving erratically and ignored the safety rules. At some point they are going to have an accident, injury themselves or others and damage the FLT. Should we wait until they have the accident and say “told you so” or prevent the accident from occurring? So each time the drive behaves erratically, this is then a near miss and we must intervene then and not wait for the accident to occur.
It would be better to identify this near miss as early as possible, deal with it before it turns into an actual accident. The longer we leave it before we report the near miss, statistical the higher the risk level becomes. So early intervention is essential.
If you are aware of any near misses report them!
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