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NEAR MISS - THE ONE THAT ALMOST HAPPENED

What is a "near miss?" Webster defines it as: "A result that is nearly, but not quite, successful." What does this mean to industry? It simply means that a serious accident almost occurred. Someone trips over a pallet, but doesn't fall. Two forklifts almost collide at a corner. A tool is dropped, but toes are missed…this time.

Statistics tell us that for every 300 near misses there is one serious injury. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 6.1 million injuries occurred during 1995. If we multiply each injury by 300, the result is 1.8 billion near misses for 1995 alone.

So what does this tell us about accidents? Look at the figures. If you reduce the number of near misses, probability tells us you will then reduce the number of injuries that happen.

The Same Things That Cause Accidents Cause Near Misses:

Report Near Misses Before They Become Accidents:

Near Misses Are A Warning:

Letting a near miss go unreported provides an opportunity for a serious accident to occur. Correcting these actions or conditions will enhance the safety within your facility and provide a better working environment for everyone involved. Don't let yourself or co-workers become statistics--report near misses to your supervisor.

Prevent An Accident That's About To Happen!

 

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