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times have you shrugged off a near miss? Never
gave it a second thought? Next
time, think twice. The difference between a near miss and an accident often is a
fraction of a second or an inch. And when it happens again, that difference may
not be there.
WE NEVER KNOW WHEN THE SERIOUS INJURY IS NEXT
One study shows that for every 330
incidents of the same type, 300 produce no injuries, 29 produce minor injuries
and one produces a major injury. (Of course, these statistics vary with the job
being done.) The problem is we never know which time the major injury will
occur. Near misses are warnings. If we heed these warnings and look for causes,
we may be able to prevent injury or damage.
going up a walkway into a building. Your foot slips. Being agile and empty handed, you regain your balance with no
harm done. Another person comes along. He slips, but his reactions are a little
slower than yours. To keep from falling, he jumps off the board.
Again no harm done. Then comes a third person carrying a load. He has the
same experience, but falls off the board with the load on top of him. He breaks
his ankle. Two warnings were ignored. Finally, someone was hurt. Now the loose
cleat, sand, or mud on the board is discovered and the condition corrected.
We've locked the barn after the horse has been stolen. Two of us saw the thief
lurking around, but failed to take action.
WHENEVER YOU SEE A NEAR MISS, ASK "WHY?"
Suppose you're walking toward a suspended
mason's scaffold. You see a brick fall, but
hear no warning shout. Ask yourself: "Why did it fall? Was it kicked loose?
Ls a toe board missing?" Then correct this condition if possible. If not,
report it to someone who can.
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