Wilderness Risk Management Conference Lecture: Assessing Incident Data for Targeted Training: The Importance of the Near Miss

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Josh Cole
Steve Smith
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Assessing Incident Data for Targeted Training: The Importance of the Near Miss - 2012 WRMC

Outward Bound incident data indicates that random chance has a greater effect on overall incident rates than factors such as training or the technicality of the program activities. Our organizations likely cannot significantly change the prevalence of minor incidents related to inherent objective risks, but through excellent training and incident analysis, we can reduce the likelihood and severity of significant incidents by focusing on near-miss incidents. Within this context, this session will focus on accurate assessment of incident data, creation of an organizational culture that actively reports, analyzes, and communicates near miss incidents and uses this information to inform staff training to increase judgment and decision-making skills.