Incident and Near Miss reporting system update: July 2019

Posted by Jonathan Garside on 10/07/2019

The BMC Incident and Near Miss reporting system has now been up and running for three months, so we thought we’d take a look at the response so far and encourage anyone involved in an incident or near miss to share their experience.

In the first three months of use:

  • Over 100 reports have been submitted;
  • 2,300 individuals have visited the site;
  • The page listing reports has received 7,700 visits;
  • There have been 22,000 page visits across the site;
  • Visitors have spent an average of one minute  reading each report.

A wide variety of user generated reports have been submitted, and people have engaged with the system in the spirit in which it was created, providing summaries of their experiences and hopefully learning from the reports they have read.

Read the reports submitted so far

Reports can be viewed on the free-to-read database at: www.incidents.thebmc.co.uk/responses

Report an incident or near miss

The simple-to-use online form allows reports to be submitted by anyone who has been involved in, or witnessed, an incident or near miss. Please consider adding a report - or reading and sharing those submitted by others - to benefit the climbing, hill walking and mountaineering community by enabling others to learn from the experiences of those involved in incidents.

What's different about this reporting system?

When the current trial ends in April 2020 any important themes that emerge from the reports will be published in a summary report.

The BMC’s reporting system is elective. The many years of reports published by Mountain Rescue describe the incidents their volunteer teams were called out to attend. 

Every year there will be many incidents and near misses in the mountains and on the crags which only the individual(s) concerned will ever be aware of. Whilst it is always possible to analyse the information available in a reporting system, this is not the same as saying that any incident reporting system describes all incidents that might have happened within a certain period.

Unlike Mountain Rescue’s annual reports, the BMC’s system includes a user-generated narrative describing what happened and identifying any lessons learnt. We hope that the power of these narratives will effect long term change, as they will hopefully be powerful enough to cause others to reflect upon their behaviours and decision making processes.

These narratives will play an important part in any summary reports that the BMC publishes.


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