Toolbox talk: Signs that you will soon be involve in an accident
If everyone knows when and how he/she will get involved in an accident, they will do their uttermost to prevent it.
Interestingly, no one knows when and how an accident will happen, but there are signs that you may be involved in an accident soon.
The accident triangle is a worthy incident assessment structure that helps you know how you are faring with regards to safety compliance, and the possibility of getting involved in an accident.
The accident triangle
Heinrich’s Incident Triangle
The incident triangle relates unsafe act to the most severe consequence of an unsafe act, being fatality.
The more the unsafe acts, the higher the probability of having a near miss.
The more the number of near misses, the higher the probability of having a minor injury.
The more the number of minor injuries, the higher the probability of recording an LTI (Lost time injury).
The more the number of lost time injuries, the higher the probability of recording a fatality.
This is the relationship that the Heinrich’s incident triangle is trying to create.
The figures may not hold, but the concept is valid.
How do you know you will soon be involved in an accident?
Now; the question: How do you know you will soon be involved in an accident is answered by the incident triangle.
When you are getting involved in too many unsafe acts or being involved in too many near misses you should know that you are building a time bomb waiting for a trigger to explode. These two items will be getting you closer to minor accidents, LTI (Lost time injuries), or fatality.
Hence to ensure your safety, you tackle accident prevention from the base of the incident triangle.
Avoid unsafe act as far as reasonably practicable, this will lead to a resultant decline in near misses. Then minor injuries, LTI and fatality can be avoided.