Importance of reporting a near miss


A near miss is defined as a potential hazard or incident in which no property was damaged and no personal injury was sustained, but where, given a slight shift in time or position, damage or injury easily could have occurred. 

They can also be referred to as close calls, near accidents, or injury-free events and are leading indicators of health and safety performance.

Some examples of near misses include:

  • Events where injury could have occurred but didn’t
  • Unsafe or improper behavior or work habits
  • Improper use of tools and equipment
  • Malfunctioning equipment

It’s important to encourage your workers to report near misses as it can:

  • Reduce risk
  • Establish a safe and healthy work environment
  • Provide an opportunity to improve the safety program
  • Demonstrate trends
  • Demonstrate management’s commitment to safety

For more information and resources on reporting near misses, please contact your regional safety advisor or visit our website.