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What is the Difference Between Dangerous Occurrence and Near Miss?

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A Near Miss is defined as an incident in which there was no injury or property damage but where
the potential for serious consequences existed. Or A near miss is an event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage – but could have potentially resulted in loss man, material or  equipment etc.

A Dangerous Occurrence is one of a number of specific, reportable adverse events, which are
defined within the Twelfth Schedule of the General Application Regulations 2007. Dangerous
Occurrences are reportable to the Health & Safety Authority (HSA) using Form lR3 or via the HSA
online notification process. Any Dangerous Occurrences which are notifiable to the HSA will be
forwarded by the Health & Safety Co-ordinator.



These are incidents with a high potential to cause death or serious injury, but which happen
relatively infrequently. Dangerous occurrences usually include incidents involving:

  • Lifting equipment
  • Pressure systems
  • Overhead electric lines
  • Electrical incidents



  • causing explosion or fire
  • Explosions, biological agents
  • Radiation generators and radiography
  • Breathing apparatus

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