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Near Miss

What is a near miss? 

A near miss is where a dangerous event occurs and though no worker was injured and no property was damaged, the conditions were such that either could have happened. Reporting requirements for near misses vary by jurisdiction and industry, but it is a common practice for workplaces to require employees to report near misses internally so they can be investigated and avoided in the future. 

What are some common workplace injuries?

Workplace hazards can vary depending on the nature of your work. For example, common hazards at a construction site may be different than an office building. This is why hazard assessments require a keen eye—it’s important to identify hazards and areas where near misses have occured that are specific to your workplace and industry.

Common workplace injuries and types of near misses

  • Slips, trips, and falls;
  • Being struck by an object;
  • Repetitive stress and overexertion;
  • Being caught in machinery;
  • Fire and explosion-related injuries;
  • Vehicle-related accidents; and

Accidents happen, but many injuries can be prevented by following the right hazard assessment process.

Is it time for a workplace hazard assessment?

Take a minute to think back. When was your last workplace hazard assessment? If it was more than a year ago, you’re probably overdue for another one. Some high-risk environments for injuries and near misses may need assessments more frequently, though. Workplace injuries and near misses can happen anywhere, at any job. Wherever you work, whether that’s a factory, restaurant, office, or any other worksite, it’s important to conduct a hazard assessment. Hazards differ depending on where you work and the type of work you do, but the goal of a hazard assessment is the same: to protect the health and safety of your employees.

If your organization needs to refresh its health and safety policies and near miss reporting processes, check out our blogpost, Is It Time for a Workplace Hazard Assessment?

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