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One of the key
words in accident prevention is “anticipate”. By anticipating what could
happen, it is possible to take safety steps to prevent an accident.
One of the steps
we can take is to investigate all near miss accidents. We should always be on
the lookout for unsafe practices and for accidents that do not result in injury.
Injury analyses prove that, in the average case, for every mishap
resulting in an injury there are many other similar accidents that cause no
So we see that
accidents do not have to result in injury. But, they are strong indications that
something is wrong. If not remedied in time, they may very well result in a
major lost-time injury.
We know that accidents without personal injury, however
minor they may be, occur frequently. They have the same causes as personal
injury accidents, and they can be prevented in the same ways. They are expensive
and add to the cost of production. Preventing these accidents is important.
When an accidental
injury does occur, unsafe practices probably had previously been committed.
There probably had also been previous narrow escapes. If you stumble, fall, and
sustain an injury, chances are that this was not the first time that you
stumbled and fell or the first time you just stumbled.
How many times do
we have to have a narrow miss before we get the message? If we really believe in
safety and want to avoid personal injury, one near miss should be enough.
Near misses or
no-injury accidents, as well as injuries, must be investigated.
accidents to your supervisor. If you do not, eventually the law of averages will
catch up with you—changing that near miss into a serious injury.
Let us try and
anticipate what could happen by being aware of near misses and reporting them.
In this way we all can play a big part in preventing accidents.
SAFETY REMINDER: Let us all do part in preventing accidents.
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