Near-miss and incident reporting system goes live

Posted by Jonathan Garside on 11/04/2019

The BMC has launched an Incident and Near-miss reporting system for walkers, climbers and mountaineers in partnership with Mountaineering Scotland and Mountaineering Ireland.

On 18 January 2018 five members of a BMC climbing club were avalanched when a cornice collapsed into a gully on the flanks of Helvellyn.  The group was incredibly lucky to walk away with only sprains, bruises and damaged equipment. But the close call led to deep discussions in the hut that night. Why did the incident happen? What mistakes had been made? Could the injuries have been prevented?

BMC volunteer Pete Callaghan, who suffered a badly sprained wrist in the slide, began planning a way to share similar incidents with the wider outdoor community.  He teamed up with the BMC Training, Youth, and Walls Committee to create this UK and Ireland reporting system.

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. These accounts are then are approved by a team of moderators before being published onto a free-to-read database. It is hoped the system will allow BMC members to enjoy the hills in safety by learning from the experiences of others.  

When the year long trial ends in April 2020 any important themes that emerge from the reports will be published. Please consider adding a report - or reading and sharing those submitted by others - to benefit the community.

The system has been developed by BMC volunteer Pete Callaghan, BMC member Louie Smith, and BMC staff Jon Garside, Dan Middleton and Elfyn Jones.

REPORT: an incident or near-miss

Use this simple-to-use online form if you've been involved in, or witnessed, an incident or near-miss. 

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