An accident and near miss report is a handy tool for documenting incidents and near-misses and how prevent them happening again says New Zealand’s leading farm consultants, AgSafe NZ.
Having an accident and near miss report means the farm has an accurate and detailed record of things that have gone wrong on the farm and what actions were done to ensure that the accident will not happen again in the future.
Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, accidents do happen. But when they do happen, it is a perfect opportunity to step back and asses if there are any ways the accident could be preventing.
“Learning from our own and other mistakes on a farm, goes a long way in minimizing the chance of the same accident happening again,” says Jim Findlay, Rural Consultant for AgSafe New Zealand Ltd.
You will not only need record the harm that was done, but also exactly where it occurred on the farm, what equipment was used and whether the incident was the result of an identified risk.
“You will also want to have record if what actions were taken, such as updates to the risk register, training needed, or new schedules for machinery maintenance,” adds Jim.
When it comes to health and safety it is important to get everyone on your farm involved. Include your workers in discussions about how you are going to manage risks.
“It is important to talk about these incidents on farm in an open manner so that people are encourage people to come forward to talk about incidents, rather than trying to cover them up,” advises Jim. Remember that sharing knowledge is critical for boosting awareness of how things can go wrong.
When an accident does happen, keep these points in mind:
Investigate every injury, incident or reported near-miss.
Make a record of what happened.
Work with the team to prevent incidents recurring.
If the incident is notifiable under the Health and Safety at Work Act, you should:
Preserve the scene.
Report it as soon as possible to WorkSafe (0800 030 040).
Contact AgSafe NZ Ltd:
Phone: 0274 587 724