- Report All Near Misses Right Away. Most accidents are preceded by multiple near misses.
- Report Near Misses To You so you can track the patterns, pinpoint the problem, and take corrective action.
- If Possible, Remove The Hazard Immediately. Do your part to protect your co-workers from injury. But don't forget to report the hazard even if you removed it. And don't remove certain hazards if you're not qualified or trained to do so.
- Report Damaged Equipment Or Property.
- Don't Wait For A Near Miss or accident to happen. Stay alert for anything that could cause an accident. Injuries can often be traced back to equipment or property damage that was never reported and repaired.
- Report Damaged Equipment, such as:
=> Fractured hand tools,
=> Power tools that give a slight shock,
=> Machine guards that don't fit or work properly,
=> Forklifts with damaged parking brakes,
=> Ladders with broken rungs,
=> Worn PPE, and
=> Other similar problems.
- Stay Alert For Property Damage, such as
- Crumbling stairs,
- Loose handrails,
- Loose plates in the floor,
- Holes in the floor,
- Loose hinges on doors,
- Broken sidewalks, and
- Other damage to the facility.
Why It Matters
- In one recent year, nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry occurred at a rate of 3.9 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers.
- That amounts to 3.7 million injuries and illnesses.
- Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among state and local public sector workers combined occurred at a rate of 6.3 cases per 100 full-time workers.
- Many of these injuries and illnesses occurred because of accidents.