Evaluating the Use of a Near Miss Reporting Program to Enhance Employee Safety Performance

Using accidents to improve safety performance is an outdated and reactive practice. One component of a modern safety approach is a near-miss reporting program which tracks close calls or near misses that do not result in an accident but that can be harbingers future accidents. A well-defined, comprehensive near-miss reporting program can lower total recordable incident rates (TRIR), increase communication and trust about safety, and help workers identify hazardous conditions and unsafe behaviors. A recent study found that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's (KYTC’s) safety program could benefit from increased employee engagement efforts. A well-executed near-miss reporting program helps address that issue. KYTC’s Office of Safety has a near miss reporting system that uses GIS to locate and describe incidents. This research will (1) explore opportunities to advance the program through documented, successful methods applied in other industry sectors and (2) evaluate the potential impact of a more comprehensive near-miss reporting program.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $180000
    • Contract Numbers:

      SPR 22-615

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

      200 Mero Street
      Frankfort, KY  United States  40622
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Kentucky, Lexington

      Kentucky Transportation Center College of Engineering, 176 Raymond Building
      Lexington, KY  United States  40506-0281
    • Principal Investigators:

      Dadi, Gabe

    • Start Date: 20210701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01781433
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: University of Kentucky, Lexington
    • Contract Numbers: SPR 22-615
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Sep 8 2021 11:04AM