Dear All,
By defnations it is not clear it is accident or nearmiss.
I want to clear confusion on nearmisses in my company employees.
can anyone give pictorial or any type of exhaustive list of nearmisses so people should confirmly identify nearmiss.

From India, Pune
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Babu Alexander

I think you mean 'Near Miss'. This is a term used in Accident / safety analysis. Any 'At Risk' behaviour is a near miss. Some body cros a road when the signal is red, then it is near miss. Some one crossing a high tension power line and may not met with any accident, it a near miss. One workmen is working on a bench grinder with out a goggle, he may have small injury not reportable under factories act, or may not have any injury, it is a near miss. The near miss is like a 'ice berg' in a water. I/3 only will be above water level which leads to small injury, loss of limb, or fatel, where as 3/4th which is under the water are near miss. There may be a machine without a guard. Not all may meet with accident , but one finally meets with a major accident. You have machine with double handed switch operation for the worker fingers protection / should not be near to the 'pinch point' or near the job. When one switch is by passed ten all operation by the worker is 'near miss'

Babu Alexander


From India, Madras

Dear Mr. Dilip
Please refer the below post under this section itself of citehr.
Hope this will clear all your doubts regarding Near Miss.
Dipil Kumar V

From India

Nearmiss means,
"Which has not caused any injury or damage but might have caused injury or damage if not controlled in time."

Main reason to find hazard and avoid major accident


Nirav Patel
MBA-HR, Post Diploma in Industrial Safety, PG- IR & PM

From India, Pune

Dear Pros, Simple pictorial explanation on Near Miss

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Dear Dilip,

The difference between an accident and near miss

Accident - Any unexpected event that happens in an industry that generally leads to an injury, (an employee slips and falls owing to oil spillage on the shopfloor) loss of mandays due to injury, loss of production due to absenteeism owing to injury, loss of wages/ leave due to injury of employee.

Near Miss - Any unexpected event that happens in an industry but does not lead to any injury (an employee slips owing to oil spillage on the shopfloor) but does not fall. No loss of mandays due to injury and so on.

You need to record both accidents and near misses. If you are able to identify the root causes for near misses then you can transform your work place into an accident free atmosphere.

It is also advisable to conduct a safety audit to find out potential hazards such as unguarded machinery, sharp corners on tables, blind right angled turnings without any mirrors to view persons coming from the other end, revolving chairs with defective rollers, unguarded electrical boxes, excessive grass growth on the lawns etc, the list is endless. If you address these then even near misses can be eliminated. Preventive action better than Corrective action.


From India, Madras
Gopinadhan Pillai

I had a couple of files on this topic that might be interesting. rgds Gopi
From Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

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Dipil Kumar V

From India

• an accidental collision that is narrowly avoided
• A near miss is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage - but had the potential to do so. Only a fortunate break in the chain of events prevented an injury, fatality or damage. ...
• Very, very close. Nearly a hit, but a miss, nonetheless
• An event or situation that could have resulted in an accident, injury or illness, but did not, either by chance or through timely intervention.
It can be anywhere, at home, at work, at road, plane or bus, while sleeping, doing exercise or whatever.

From India, Chandigarh
Dear All, Can you given me detail about ERP & Emergency Evacuation Plan at industrial Construction site (Mostly on oil and gas Refineary or Petrochemical product Refineary ) Safe Regards, Rajesh
From India, New Delhi

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