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What are Near Misses?

November 12, 2019

Safety at Forge Industrial Staffing is our number one priority. It is our goal to have each and every one of our employees placed in a safe environment. Most industrial jobs have inherent risks that can lead to serious injury if an employee is not following the proper steps. Every accident and injury is preventable on some level, and the first step in prevention is to continuously be aware of the dangers that are part of any work environment. Below we define what exactly a near miss is and how to recognize it.

Near misses are defined as an unplanned event that has the potential to cause, but does not result in human injury, environmental or equipment damage, or an interruption to normal operation. Near misses can also be known as, close calls, near accidents, and accident precursors. Near misses can occur when you’re not following proper procedures, or safe practices, when a tool/machine malfunctions, or is misused, when a tool is dropped and lands next to a coworker, etc. “When these incidents take place on the job, it can serve as a warning that a serious incident is waiting to happen,” (Howard, 2012).

Near misses are potential safety concerns and should be reported to your supervisor immediately so corrective action can be taken. Near misses can be recognized as a tool to change processes and prevent future incidents and serious injuries from occurring. Failure to report near misses could result in potential injury to yourself or coworkers. Proper reporting should lead to incidents never reoccurring.

Near misses, unsafe work conditions, and all work-related injuries should be reported. To make a report please call, 616.285.6860.

Always remember to think safe and be safe!

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or right employees for you.

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Howard, Keith. “’Everybody Gets to Go Home in One Piece’.” Safety Health Magazine, Safety Health Magazine, 1 Jan. 2012, https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/6843–articles-6843-everybody-gets-to-go-home-in-one-piece.

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