BMC Incident and Near-miss Reporting - FAQs

Q: Can I report an incident or near-miss happening anywhere in the world?
A: Whilst hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers travel far and wide for their activities, only reports for incidents and near-misses in the UK and Ireland will be considered for the twelve-month trial.

Q: What will happen at the end of the twelve-month trial?
A: The reports submitted will be analysed and a review published. The focus will be on lessons that can be learnt from the incidents and near-misses submitted.

Q: Will the reporting database continue after the twelve-month trial?
A: The BMC will make a decision about the long term viability of the database by considering its uptake, success and the BMC’s capacity to continue providing the service.

Q: Why are reports moderated before being published?
A: Volunteer moderators may be concerned about reports for reasons such as:

  • Offensive or discriminatory language.
  • Libel concerns.
  • Identification of individuals or organisations where it is not clear that consent has been given.

Q: Do moderators edit reports?
A: No. Moderators may ask the submitter to edit their report before it can be published for reasons such as those above.

Q: How can I ensure anonymity when submitting a report?
A: As well as not providing names, consider if other information may make compromise anonymity. For example, including a phrase such as this may not ensure anonymity, ‘During our hill walking club’s annual Easter meet in Borrowdale…..’

Q: What about incidents involving gear failure?
A: Consider also submitting a gear failure report.

Q: Can I report incidents which occur at a climbing wall?
A: Yes, but please ensure that the wall remains anonymous. The behaviour or actions leading to the incident are more important to record than the location.