Field Incident & Near-Miss Reporting

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure—Ben Franklin

If you wish to report an incident or near miss, please do so for now in an email to the FIELD RISK MANAGER.

draftUse the form below to describe field activities that resulted in injury or loss of property, or that had the potential to do so. By studying these events and thinking of ways they may be avoided, we find ways to improve risk management practices. We compile incidents and lessons-learned in a report, which is updated periodically and will be published online.

When describing what happened, please include as many of the following as possible: date; circumstances leading up to the incident; contributing conditions (e.g., falling objects, weather, etc.); risky actions (e.g., speed of travel; lack of equipment or training; poor nutrition/hydration, etc.); subjective factors (e.g., complacency, overconfidence, fatigue, stress).

A Community of Practice in Arctic Field Safety Risk Management kicked off at a workshop in Arlington, Virginia February 4-5, 2014. A workshop report is available here.

Workshop participants, most of them researchers, identified the need to share near-miss information more openly to avoid future incidents. This is modeled on the culture of risk management embraced by organizations like NASA and the American Alpine Club, which publishes Accidents in North American Mountaineering annually. By implementing an online reporting tool, NSF hopes to increase reporting to more fully collect near-misses that happen in the field each year. NSF already collects and considers near-misses and actual accidents and uses the information constructively to improve risk management. The tools provided through CPS such as training, planning documents, telemedicine, and now this online reporting tool are part of NSF’s ongoing effort to help program participants practice good field risk management in the Arctic.

As you work with this form, please think about its usefulness. CPS will ask for your feedback about the form and ways to report incidents and near misses at the end.

To join the Community of Practice for Arctic Field Safety Risk Management, please send an email to Matt IrinagaBrent Elder, Kim Derry, Renee Crain, Pat Haggerty, or your CPS planner or project manager. The Community of Practice receives periodic emails from NSF about new activities in Arctic field safety risk management, requests to review draft documents related to risk management, and other relevant but infrequent communications.

What Happened

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