Last Updated on December 2, 2021 by Construction Digest
Near miss reporting is a safe work procedure that aims to eliminate potential incidents by ensuring that close-calls or near accidents are proactively reported to facilitate swift actions that prevent its reoccurrence.
It is crucial to the safety of workers, since it ensures that incidents surrounding potential hazards are identified and rectified.
It also improves employee safety consciousness and boosts relations in the workplace, which ultimately leads to reduced risk of accidents occurring.
Why Near Misses Are Important for Workplace Safety
1) Incident Identification
The most common reason for using near miss reporting is to identify incidents that might have included or lead to potential accidents.
Some close calls may not amount to actual accidents, but they still serve as an indication that improvement in workplace safety measures are needed.
These near accident events could be due to a number of reasons, such as unsafe behaviors, equipment failure, lack of maintenance and other mistakes that could lead to an accident. Identifying the root cause of these incidents can prevent them from happening again.
2) Provide Learning Opportunities
If mistakes are identified in near misses, there is a chance for workers to learn from the incident and avoid future accidents or close calls.
For instance, if someone makes a mistake that results in an accident, workers are given the chance to learn from this incident so that they don’t repeat it in future situations.
In addition, employers can also use these cases as educational opportunities for new employees or those who need more training on procedures.
3) Eliminate Potential Hazards
Accident prevention relates to identifying risks present in the workplace environment so that potential hazards can be eliminated.
After identifying the causes of a near miss, employers can take action to remove these risks or mitigate their effects.
For example, if it was discovered during an investigation that poor equipment maintenance that led to failure, then steps must be taken to ensure proper product upkeep in the future.
4) Boost Safety Awareness
During near miss reporting, workers are forced to think about safety and analyze their own actions. Having a habit of closely analyzing one’s behavior in hazardous situations can help reduce the risks of accidents happening.
In addition, discussing these events with others also helps raise awareness in employees regarding workplace safety so that they will be more vigilant when performing tasks or operating machinery.
5) Improve Relationships
When an employer and employee work together to identify near misses and ways to improve workplace safety, it is a sign that their relationship is not only business-like but also cooperative, which can help boost relations inside the organization.
In addition, responsible reporting of these incidents reinforces the belief of providing a safe place to work.
6) Pro-active Behavior
Since identifying potential accidents requires a pro-active approach, this habit can be integrated into other processes such as inspection and repair work.
For example, if equipment is due for repairs or maintenance, workers can think about possible accident scenarios and address them before the incident occurs. T
his tendency also applies to the concept of predictive maintenance, where machines can be checked for abnormalities before they result in accidents.