The 1998 movie "Sliding Doors" looks at 2 parallel realities. In one reality the Helen (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) just misses her train (the doors slide closed...get it? Sliding Doors) and in the next reality she just barely catches her train. The movie looks at the differences and similarities Helen's reality resulting from the sliding doors. It's a "what if?" type of thought experiment.
We can conduct our own alternate reality thought experiments by investigating near misses. A near miss (or near hit) is a gift wrapped tool you can use to analyze your safety program, your procedures, your resources, and really just about anything else you can think of.
A near miss presents a risk-free opportunity to ask "what if?" questions, and these questions can look into the future...
If this was an actual lost-time incident how would it affect production?
and the questions can go into the past...
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