Risk Management: Lessons Learned from Near-Misses on the Trail and in Trail Work

What can we learn from near-misses on trail, and in trail work?

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July 20, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)


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FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

Whew, what a close call! What can we learn from near-misses on trail, and in trail work?

Anyone who works or recreates outside will invariably have "close call / near miss" experiences -- but do we do enough to identify lessons learned from these non-events? Join outdoor risk management consultant Steve Smith from Experiential Consulting, LLC for an interactive session that may challenge assumptions and evolve the ways in which you think about risk management, and the importance of learning from things that didn't happen.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand incident causation models
  • Participants will understand the unique benefits of near-misses
  • Participants will explore organizational behaviors that help us harvest lessons learned from these non-events

Webinar Resources

  • Learning from Near-Misses Handout (pdf)
  • Sharp End Podcast: Episode 62 - Institutional Near-Misses
  • Sidney Dekker: The Field Guide to Human Error
  • Todd Conklin: Pre-Accident Investigations (audiobook)
  • Incident Report Example (Experiential Consulting) (pdf)

    Webinar Partners


    Steve Smith, Founder/Lead Consultant, Experiential Consulting, LLC
    Seattle, Washington

    Steve Smith has worked in the outdoor industry for over thirty years, in the field, in the office, in the boardroom, and in national conference leadership roles, specializing in program leadership, risk management, and staff training.

    His career has involved leadership roles with national organizations including Outward Bound and The Student Conservation Association. Steve served as the Chair of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) for three years (2014 - 2016). He served two terms as a board member for the Northwest Outward Bound School, where he continues to serve on the school's Board of Directors Safety Committee.

    He has a master's degree in teaching English, along with years of university-level teaching experience, and earned a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Society for Human Resources Management, all of which help him view outdoor education through a variety of educational and administrative lenses.

    Smith is the editor and primary author of Beneficial Risks: The Evolution of Risk Management for Outdoor and Experiential Education Programs (2021).


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