The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2016 - (Page 60)
Turning Near Misses into a
Winning Safety Environment
BY FLOYD F. STEELE cPA, cGMA
uilding a culture that encourages and
rewards individuals who report near
misses can have a significant and lasting impact on safety.
A near miss, as defined in a recent National Safety council
publication, "is an unplanned event that did not result
in injury, illness, or damage - but had the potential to
do so. Only a fortunate break in the chain of events
prevented an injury, fatality or damage."
following pyramid shows the relationship per the
We can see from the pyramid that there are a significant number of behaviors or incidents that do not
result in injuries or worse.
Some examples of near misses:
* An employee stumbles over a tool left lying on
the floor, catches himself as he falls and is able
to brush himself off without injury.
Why are near misses important?
Shouldn't we be relieved that nothing happened and worry about things that do occur?
After all, an "actual" injury is far more important than an injury that "almost" occurred.
Let's start by understanding the significance of near misses.
Starting in 1931 researchers began
studying the underlying causes of
accidents, including the relationship between behavior and serious injuries. This research led
to the concept of the Safety
Triangle or Pyramid. The
most recent extensive
study was performed
Marine in 2003. The
Lost Workday Cases
Too often employees are
afraid of reporting
less near misses,
because they are
afraid of the
Near Misses (estimated)
At-Risk Behaviors (estimated)
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2016
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Ask Your Board
MHEDA University Calendar
MHEDA Member Profile
Teamwork and Personal Accountability
Exhibitors' Showcase Product Guide and Floor Plan
Six C-Level Cyber Blunders (And Solutions)
What to Look Forward to in 2016
How to Build a sense of Community for Your Business
Women Mean Business
What's Your Exit Strategy?
Creating Great Customer Experiences: Why, How and Why Now?
Turning Near Misses into a Winning Safety Environment
Too Much of a Good Thing
Matuson's Sixteen Workplace Predictions for 2016
Spotlight on Association News
Index of Advertisers by Product Category
The Last Word
The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2016