Near misses are as important to record and investigate as accidents. We really liked an article on this subject written by WorkSafe BC’s Don Schouten and recently published in the construction’s industry’s newsletter Hard Hat News. Read the full article.
Employees must be encouraged to report near misses so that dangerous situations can be corrected before a more serious incident occurs. It’s all about being proactive rather than reactive. Operators, supervisors, managers and other workers must take every action they can to avoid a forklift accident, even if sometimes this means admitting they made a mistake.
So whether you nearly hit a rack, almost didn’t see a pedestrian, watched a load teeter then stabilize or came very close to another vehicle, take the time to learn from your mistake and not repeat it – because next time you might not be so lucky.