What Really is a “Near Miss” – And What We Should Do About It
A “near miss” is defined as the accident you almost had. It’s those close calls – when for some reason or circumstance, you didn’t get hurt despite possibly breaking a safety rule or two.
How many times have you shrugged off a near miss? Maybe you never even
gave it a second thought? Next time, think twice. The difference between
a near miss and an injury is often a fraction of a second, or an inch
or two in one direction or another. And when it happens again, that difference
may not be there.
Near misses are warnings.
Here’s an Example:
You never wear your seatbelt when driving your vehicle – you never have. You’ve had to stop short a number of times when driving, and you’ve even hit your head slightly on the windshield several times because you stopped quickly for one reason or another. But you still didn’t consider those near misses as warnings, and you still don’t wear your seatbelt. Making matters worse, you think you’re such a good driver that you can drive faster than most. Well, that “fender bender” that you’re likely to have sometime in the future may only result in minimum properly damage to your vehicle. But you won’t have your seatbelt on, and the result for you will be far worse.
Use the “What If” strategy, the next time you have a near
You get the message. Near misses are warnings. Heed those warnings and change your behavior to work safer in the future.
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