Don’t ignore near accidents
Bob was in a hurry to get a product out of the stock room. Using a ladder that he could not quite position correctly because there was another object in the way, he went up the ladder to retrieve the item. As he was coming down, Bob felt the ladder sliding to the right. He was able to correct his balance to stop the ladder from sliding any further and made it down to the ground safely.
The result was no injury, this time.
Scenarios like this happen in different ways, different places and often involve power equipment. But, the sliding ladder was close to becoming an accident and needs to be addressed so that it doesn’t happen again.
Encourage employees to report near accidents so they can be evaluated and result in safety improvements that can be followed. Precautions aren’t required to slow an employee down but rather to keep them healthy and able to work.
WRA’s RASI Safety Library has a section on near accidents that you can use at your Safety Meeting.
Rick is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198 x18, or firstname.lastname@example.org.