I have a confession to make. A couple of years ago, I wrote in one of these notes that I was going to make my effort towards safety be slowing down on my driving.
So far, so good. No tickets. But, after a good, long road without attracting “blue lights,” I have been pulled over twice since Thanksgiving. Gratefully, neither stop resulted in a ticket.
In the safety world, those are called “near misses.” A near miss is when something happens that could have been bad. But, it turns out you escape.
In safety, we try to make near misses work for us. We like to investigate them just like the accidents we experience in reality. The benefit is that we can learn from the experience without having to pay the cost of human suffering as well as experience the financial cost of treatment, rehabilitation and wage loss.
In my case, I was left to reason through what caused my near misses:
Those factors contribute to many accidents. Overconfidence. Lack of concentration in unfamiliar settings. Failure to use proven safety strategies, methods or equipment.
I’m renewing my commitment before I become a statistic. I hope you will too.
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.