The only difference between an accident and a near miss is that there is some type of loss when there is an accident. While the difference between loss and no-loss is often just a fraction of an inch, or a fraction of a second, the fact is that the causes of accidents and near misses are the same. And the causes are:
- At-risk behaviors
- Substandard conditions
So, when we are talking to co-workers about at-risk behaviors, we are making a powerful impact on preventing incidents before they occur.