MyMobileWorkers has launched a digital 'near miss and actions register', allowing workers to report near misses digitally, in real-time via an app.
The innovation can help highways businesses crack down on these dangerous situations whether they are worksite incidents or traffic incursions or any other event that 'has the potential to cause harm to people, the environment or equipment'.
A spokesperson told Highways that the system can be adapted to suit the needs of any user allowing workers to focus in areas of risk and concern.
It comes after National Highways alone reported nearly 6,500 incidents of incursions from October 2017 and October 2020 – an average of 175 a month.
MyMobileWorkers allows field workers the option to submit their near miss reports anonymously and for subsequent anonymous investigations to be carried out.
The company said in a statement: 'Offering anonymity will make workers more likely to report incidents as they won’t get themselves (or their colleagues) into trouble. Anonymous reporting can be activated easily within the MyMobileWorkers portal by office staff in line with company policy.'
The near miss and action register is designed to support safety management best practice and enables safety auditors to clearly understand how a business deals with near misses — giving them the ability to view the entire process from initial report creation to resolution.
The form is accessible via a button on the MyMobileWorkers app, making it easy for operatives to submit reports instantly regardless of location or internet signal.
It also offers the option to record the exact incident location by pinpointing it on a digital map — saving users the time and effort of typing out the location.
All reports are stored on the MyMobileWorkers portal, enabling accurate records and trend analysis.
Office staff can also assign a team member to investigate the near miss and put measures in place to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
'The new near miss and actions register feature in MyMobileWorkers makes it easier for workers in the field to report incidents on their device as soon as they happen,' said comments Tony Milford, managing director for MyMobileWorkers.
'We developed MyMobileWorkers new near miss and actions register feature in response to this issue and because of the desire by one of the UK’s leading highways service providers to encourage more near miss form submissions.
'It’s a move that indicates a continued drive to promote safety management, a desire to see safety-related forms completed promptly, and for potentially hazardous scenarios to be thoroughly investigated before they can occur again.'