Don’t Rush that Job. It Increases Your Chances of Being Injured
By Neil Kalra
It’s human nature to want to finish a job ASAP. Completing a task quickly lets you start the next job sooner; or in other cases, more time to do other things.
Many of us grew up being told it’s important to accomplish as much as we can. But what we often aren’t told is that rushing can cause accidents, errors, and more time spent in the long run. We need to do our jobs correctly and safely. So what happens when you hurry? Much of the time, it’s not good.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, slips, trips and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents. Numerous government reports show that not paying attention to surroundings, taking unapproved shortcuts, and being in a hurry; all contribute to trips and falls in the workplace. Another government study concluded that a full 92 percent of accidents in the workplace were the result of a worker incorrectly doing his or her job. This illustrates the danger of working improperly, which clearly happens more when you rush to finish.
People tend to hurry when they are trying to catch up, or these days, just stay even with a construction schedule. So we multitask whenever we can. But new research shows that simultaneously multitasking on two or more jobs is counter-productive. Each one is finished more slowly when multitasking, than when done sequentially, one-at-a-time. The brain works best when it focuses on one singular task.
Think about other potential hazards of rushing without proper thought:
Instead of locating the right tool for the job, you may use what is on-hand, even if it’s not necessarily best for the job.
Ignoring a spill when in a rush can leave a slick surface or electrical hazard – an accident waiting to happen.
Carrying too many objects at a time is a leading cause of falls.
The Dangers of Hurrying on a Construction Site
When you develop a good safety attitude you discover why rushing through a job is both dangerous and makes the job longer to finish. Rushing creates carelessness, which leads to too many accidents. Here are some examples of weak excuses that can get you into trouble when you cut corners by rushing:
“I don’t have time to put on all of that PPE (personal protective equipment). I did a similar job without using it once before and didn’t get hurt.”
“I’ve done this job this dozens of times. I don’t have time to review the operator’s manual.”
“I know I’m not supposed to rush, but I really have to get home. If I finish in a hurry, maybe I can get out of here on-time.”
The Do’s and Don’ts of Rushing: Avoid Hurrying Towards Disaster
Think about the “price” of hurrying.
Know that rushing can cause a serious injury to you and your co-workers.
Always take the time to put on your PPE
Dress properly for the job. It may take a little extra time to put on a heavy pair of gloves, goggles or other safety equipment. But it WILL save you from SERIOUS injury.
Make certain you have the RIGHT tool before you begin and follow safety instructions.
Anticipate and identify hazardous situations beforehand. If you’re rushing through a task, your mind is on getting it done, not on what may happen next.
Work carefully and deliberately. This also gives you time to think about potential hazards and to plan your actions in-sequence.
…remove safety guards or safety shields. Do not operate equipment without them.
…think that you can hurry “just this one time.”
…fail to take the time to read the operator’s manual or heed safety warning signs.
Construction site safety is a habit. And the more you practice safety and don’t rush, the easier it gets and the better your work. And that’s the bottom line with quality: done right (and safely) the first time.
Whether you were, or a family member was, injured due to a construction, car, commercial vehicle, or semi-truck accident; you may be entitled to full benefits and compensation. Know your rights and get the answers you deserve.
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