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Understanding the Difference Between Accident and Near Miss


Accidents and near misses can occur in any workplace or in our daily lives. However, it is essential to understand the difference between them to avoid future incidents.

In this article, we’ll discuss the differences and their impacts on workplace safety.

Accident Vs. Near Miss

Accidents and near misses are two incidents that can occur within an enterprise, and although they may seem similar, there are apparent differences between them. To differentiate between the two, let’s create a table highlighting their distinctions below:

Results in injury, illness, or death to a person or damage to propertyAn incident where no injury, illness or damage occurred but had the potential to do so
Disrupts the usual routine of work and production Does not cause any disruption to the routine of work and production
Caused by machinery failure, environmental factors, inadequate safety procedures, negligence, or a combination of these factorsCaused by a failure to follow safe work procedures or human error
Can have costly consequences for both the individual involved and the organization as a wholeMay not have any direct monetary impact on the organization
Can be reported and investigated to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the futureCan be reported and investigated to identify potential hazards, and develop preventative measures to avoid future incidents

It is crucial to understand and differentiate between accidents and near misses within an enterprise to prevent potential injuries or damages from occurring. Both incidents, if left unaddressed, can have significant monetary and productivity consequences for an organization and can significantly impact individual employees. By encouraging the reporting of near misses and investigating their root causes, enterprises can work towards creating a safer and more productive work environment.


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