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Near Miss Examples Are All Around Us

- August 25, 2017 by Leslie Stoll, CSP, ARM (View all posts by Leslie)

Last month, the San Francisco airport nearly saw a horrible disaster. Luckily tragedy was avoided when the landing aircraft diverted away from a taxiway filled with planes ready to take off. I’m writing about this event because it is an excellent example of a near miss investigation.

At most places of business, when something doesn’t actually go wrong that causes a loss of money, it is ignored and no lessens are learned. Not learning from these close calls is a tragedy itself, because there are a lot of key learnings from near miss situations.

If you are a safety manager, safety committee leader, or a plant manager who agrees with me, I suggest you share the story of Air Canada Flight 759 with your leaders, committee members and key employees to help them understand why near miss investigations make sense.

There will be a full investigation into the nearly missed airport disaster, so we are learn from what went wrong and make changes to prevent similar reoccurances. For more information on implementing a near miss reporting system, check out Mark’s blog “How to Implement a Near Miss Reporting Program.”

Do you have any meaningful near miss stories that you like to share? Let us know by leaving a comment below.