August 2020
Volume 72    Issue 8

The use of workers’ near-miss reports to improve organizational management

Demich, B.; Haas, E.J.; McGuire, J.


Near misses can enhance awareness of the potential causes of injury and prompt safety management initiatives. Although most companies require near-miss reporting, the value of these reports and how they influence subsequent actions or controls to reduce on-the-job risks are unclear. Researchers at the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a case study with an aggregates company in which near-miss reports were analyzed at each of their locations over an entire quarter during the summer of 2018. Within that quarter, workers recorded 249 near misses. The analysis provides insight into ways that risk-communication and management programs can be improved to reengage workers and their situational awareness on the job.


Full-text paper:
Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (2020) 37:873–885,


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