Literally one of the easiest way to save someone’s life.
If you’re in the construction industry, you’ve no doubt heard of near misses. Although, a refresher never hurts (get it?):
A near miss is defined as an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness or damage – but had the potential to do so. Instead of looking at what happened, near misses are concerned with what could have happened. A simple way to put it: you’re walking on your job site and you almost get struck by something.
According to the National Safety Council, seventy-five percent of all accidents are preceded by one or more near misses. From that, we can deduce that close calls should serve as wake-up calls; something is wrong and it needs to be corrected.
We have no interest in learning the hard-way when it comes to safety. By recognizing, reporting and reacting to the underlying problems that caused the incident, our Chandos teams not only reduce the number of near misses, but also reduce the number of actual incidents in the future.
If you are asking yourself if an event was a near miss, report it.