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Turning “Near Miss” Moments Into Teaching Moments

Aug 14, 2018

How many “near misses” do workers encounter on the job? According to the National Safety Council (NSC) a near miss incident is defined as “an unplanned event that doesn’t result in injury or death, but could have.”

Perhaps an employee stumbles over an extension cord, but recovers before falling, or a distracted driver nearly misses hitting another vehicle and swerves out of the way in a nick of time.

NSC is encouraging construction company owners to improve their safety culture by putting into place a ‘near miss” reporting system to prevent workplace hazards before they occur.

NSC reports that organizations who utilize near miss reporting systems have been known to save costs and prevent injuries, increase employee participation, and drop their OSHA recordable number dramatically.

Members can learn more about near miss reporting systems on the National Safety Council website at www.nsc.org. SMACNA members can also learn how to implement these kinds of safety policies in their workplace in the “Injury, Illness and Accident Policy” section of SMACNA’s Guide to Safety and Health Policies,Procedures, and Model Programs.