General: OSHA defines a near miss as an incident where there is no property damage and no personal injury noted. However, with a slight shift in time or position, damage or an injury could have been sustained. Near misses can be an indicator of a problem that needs to be addressed.
Below are some common causes of near misses:
1. Being distracted/not paying attention
2. Taking shortcuts.
3. Not following proper procedure.
4. Not wearing personal protective equipment.
5. Playing around or joking in the workplace.
Think about some reasons why employees do not report a near miss!
1. They may be embarrassed.
2. They do not realize the importance of reporting a near miss.
3. Do not want to get themselves or others in trouble.
4. Do not want to go through a near miss investigation.
5. Figure no one was hurt and nothing was damaged.
Near Miss Incidents need to be reported! Why?
1. The incident could be an indicator of an accident in the future.
2. Can assist management in re-educating workers about following rules and procedures.
What are some ways to prevent near misses?
1. Stay alert to your surroundings.
2. Be sure to perform the proper inspections at the start and end of your shift.
3. Practice good housekeeping.
4. Report any unsafe conditions or behaviors to your supervisor.
5. Follow all safety procedures.
Conclusion: Help create a safe working environment by reporting all near misses.