Near miss app

Manage all Network Rail near miss and safety-critical reporting with mobile apps, to streamline communication and improve safety on the railway.

What is a mobile near miss app?

In the rail industry, a near miss is an unsafe event or act specifically involving a train, on-track machinery or on-track plant, and this is to be reported as per the RSSB rule book. The idea is that by identifying these risks, changes can be made to prevent unsafe acts leading to accidents or even fatalities.

A near miss app on mobile makes it far easier to quickly report and log the data in a format that can be analysed by back-office planners, so preventative action can be taken far quicker than if this process was done on paper.

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Why is it important to have handheld near miss reporting?

Safety is at the core of all rail briefings, and legislation ensures it’s a consideration at every stage of the project. But many rail businesses are still managing safety processes such as near miss reports on paper or using a spreadsheet, which is not only inefficient in terms of time and cost but the laborious administration makes it less likely that positive action will be taken to improve safety.

To encourage companies in the rail supply chain to move away from manual and paper processes, Network Rail has established its Planning4Delivery safety improvement initiative. The rail infrastructure manager is leading by example in an effort to demonstrate the value of digitisation for improving both general safety and works delivery; this includes safety-critical reporting.

By using a near miss app, you’re empowering your workforce with Network Rail-standard tools that make it easier to report hazards and action them to prevent harm.


Why should I replace my existing near miss process?

Near miss reporting in rail focuses on prevention rather than cure; identifying hazards and dealing with them before someone gets hurt. But with paper and spreadsheet near miss reporting, the time it takes to log, send, and process this data makes it more logistically challenging to quickly action any findings from the report.

For something as important as track safety, technology should be embraced for both the speed that data is delivered and the accuracy of the data. A near miss app on mobile or tablet enables you to complete the near miss reporting process in a fraction of the time, and also ensures a full audit trail to identify when information was reported, where, and who by.

Digitising this process also ensures site workers always have the appropriate forms and processes at hand, so any actions can be taken as quickly as possible.

Benefits of a mobile near miss app


  • Quicker hazard reporting

    Safety-critical reports can be logged in minutes on a handheld device.

  • Instant processing

    Data is immediately sent off for processing and interpretation.

  • Better data analysis

    Data isn’t hidden away in a file somewhere, it’s available digitally for better analysis over time.

  • Go paperless

    Never worry about having physical, up-to-date forms on site; they’re available on your mobile.

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