A near miss is an event or hazard that does not result in injury, illness or damage, but had the potential to do so. It is important to report all near misses, no matter how small, as it is used to take steps and prevent an actual injury or damage to happen in the future.

Near misses are quite common in the construction industry; however, they can happen in any workplace. Near misses should be identified and used as a tool to change processes and avoid future incidents and serious injuries.

It is important to have a robust reporting program in place to report both accidents and near misses. In order to achieve this, it is essential employees are aware of how to report near misses and that it is encouraged. By reporting all near misses and investigating them, accidents are prevented or reduced.

Our near miss toolbox talk helps keep employees safe and reduce health and safety issues in workplaces, by ensuring they are aware of how to report near misses so they can be investigated.

Items Covered in the Near Miss Toolbox Talk

Our near miss toolbox talk is split up in following sections:

  • Introduction: Provide an introduction to near misses and why they should be reported.
  • Examples of Near Misses: Provide some examples of near misses for employees to understand the difference between a near miss and an accident.
  • Control Measures: Looks at why near misses should be reported and investigated and how they can be reported.
  • The Law: Reference the regulations relevant for reporting of accidents and near misses.
  • Toolbox Talk Questions: Include some questions to validate attendees understanding the near miss toolbox talk.

Each of our toolbox talks include an additional page where relevant hazards on site can be identified and discussed, together with an attendance list where participants can be recorded and sign.

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