When you see a “close call,” it is known as an incident because even though no injuries or property damage occurred, we can learn from the event.
- It is a red flag that something was unplanned, unexpected, and could happen again.
- The next time it happens, it could result in serious damage, injury or death to a co-worker, patient, or visitor.
- All incidents should be reported to your supervisor.
- Examine the facts and look for immediate and underlying causes.
- Investigate the root causes of the "close call" or potential accident, and corrective action steps you can take to eliminate the hazard.
- Once an investigation is completed, implement solutions to prevent the accident from occurring again.
- As a precaution, encourage staff and co-workers to inspect the work area daily for unsafe conditions or unsafe actions. If found, report them to the supervisor.
- Staying alert and aware of hazards is the key to preventing accidents before they happen.
- Learn the real lesson from close calls.
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