One of the most important steps in anticipating accidents on the job is to perform a Job Hazard Analysis. This quick action can help prevent a multitude of accidents by planning how a job or work task can safely be carried out. We know that accidents without personal injury, however minor they may be, occur frequently. They have the same causes as personal injury accidents, and they can be prevented in the same ways. They are expensive and add to the cost of production so preventing these accidents is important.
Another step we can take is to investigate all near miss accidents. We should always be on the lookout for unsafe practices and for accidents that do not result in injury. Injury analyses prove that, in the average case, for every mishap resulting in an injury there are many other similar accidents that cause no injuries.
So we see that accidents do not have to result in injury, but they are strong indications that something is wrong. If not remedied in time, they may very well result in a major lost-time injury.
When an accidental injury does occur, unsafe practices probably had previously been committed. There probably had also been previous narrow escapes. If you stumble, fall, and sustain an injury, chances are that this was not the first time that you slipped and fell or the first time you just stumbled.
How many times do we have to have a near miss before we get the message? If we really believe in safety and want to avoid personal injury, one near miss should be enough. Remember:
- Near misses or no-injury accidents, as well as injuries, must be investigated.
- Report all accidents to your supervisor. If you do not, eventually the law of averages will catch up with you—changing that near miss into a serious injury.
- Let us try and anticipate what could happen by doing a Job Hazard Analysis, and by being aware of near misses and reporting them. In this way we all can play a big part in preventing accidents.
DiVal Safety is here to help you keep your workplace safety and accident free. Check out all of the training classes we offer, including our Job Safety Analyses (JSA's). To schedule a training class, please contact our Training Coordinator Judy Trent at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-343-1354 x3153.