Difference Between Incident – Accident Near Miss

 

In a very brief terms, I will highlight the difference between incident – accident – and near miss.

 

First of all, let me define the terms:

Incident: It is an instance of something happening; an event or occurrence.

Accident: It is an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.

Near miss: This is a narrowly avoided accident.

 

In summary:

Incident = Accident + Near miss

Both accident and near miss are Incidents. The difference is that, accident result in physical damage and injury while near miss do not.

Where as:

Incident is any occurrence, whether it result to accident or not.

 

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