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About This Course:
The wide base of the “accident pyramid” represents near-miss or close-call events, while the narrower tip represents severe, serious incidents. If you can identify, minimize or eliminate the near-miss events, you are better able to control and eliminate the more serious events above the base. So, why isn’t near-miss reporting a staple in every safety program?

Often, it comes down to a perception that it may be more trouble than it’s worth because:
  • there might be repercussions if the company reports near-miss events
  • management may belittle or ignore near-miss reports
  • the near-miss events are too small and, thus, reporting them would not have a meaningful impact



As a safety manager, your job is to get stakeholders of this mindset and show them why embracing near-miss reporting program makes good safety and business sense.

According to OSHA and the National Safety Council, near misses do not cause immediate harm—but are indicative of workplace safety hazards that may precede incidents in which an employee can be injured.

Employers with the ability to encourage near miss reporting among staff and to interpret that data have an opportunity to prevent accidents before they happen. If you can identify, minimize or eliminate the near-miss events, you are better able to control and eliminate the more serious events.

To learn how to start a near miss reporting program or improve your existing one, join us for our webinar, Near Miss Reporting Programs: Best Practices for Using Data to Uncover and Correct Safety Hazards.

Learning Objectives
  • Determine the impact near miss reporting can have on your program using the “accident pyramid”
  • Overcome typical problems experienced when starting a near-miss reporting program
  • Identify the key components of an effective near-miss reporting program
  • Choose the best approach for collecting and documenting your near-miss data
  • Find practical ways to investigate near-miss events consistently
  • Analyze and find trends within near-miss data
  • Prepare reports to track and correct safety hazards and unsafe employee behaviors
  • Effectively communicate near-miss reporting to the public
  • Generate support from upper management for the program
  • Generate supervisory and employee support and participation for the program, and more
Register now to learn how to develop an effective near-miss reporting program to reduce the risk of serious injuries at your facility.

About Your Presenter:

Fran Sehn is the Assistant Vice President, Casualty Risk Control Services, for Willis of PA. He is the foundry practice leader and provides risk control consulting service for eleven ferrous and non-ferrous foundries in the US. His consulting work also includes providing safety audits, hazard assessments and safety training for a variety of manufacturing, commercial and industrial clients. He also works with several educational institutions in the Pittsburgh providing safety and risk control guidance for their safety committee efforts, is an OSHA Outreach Trainer for both General Industry and Construction and a frequent speaker and lecturer on safety, risk management and workers’ compensation issues.

Sehn recently presented “Not all Risks are Alike” at the Professional Development Conference of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). He is the Past President of the WPA Chapter ASSE and 2001 Chapter Safety Professional of the Year award winner and was recently honored by the Risk Management and Insurance Practice Specialty of the ASSE with their Safety Professional of the Year award for 2010. He has published six technical articles for the practice specialty technical bulletin.
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