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Toolbox Talk: The Dangers of Rushing

By February 6, 2024 No Comments

Rushing is a characteristic of human nature. It’s natural to want to get a job done as quickly as possible because it allows you to start your next task sooner, and in some cases, provides more time for more enjoyable activities. Many of us also grew up being told that it’s important to accomplish as much as possible – but what we often aren’t told is that rushing can result in accidents, errors, and more time spent in the long run. It’s more important to do our jobs correctly and safely.

Rushing to get our jobs done can result in injury to ourselves and those around us. Statistics from one insurance company show that 92% of the time, accidents happen because workers aren’t doing their tasks properly – and it’s unlikely to perform tasks properly while rushing.

Consequences of Hurrying

  • Accidents involving yourself and co-workers
  • Mistakes that can result in wasted resources
  • Spending additional time to redo a task that was done improperly
  • Long-term consequences:
    • Severe injury and long-term pain
    • Costly medical bills
    • Risk of disabling injury (which could put you out of work)
    • Loss of income from being out of work

Develop a good safety attitude

Rushing results in carelessness, and carelessness leads to accidents. Having a good safety attitude means taking responsibility for your actions, and taking responsibility means doing the best job you can – not the fastest job you can. Here are some examples of attitudes that can get you into trouble:

  • “I don’t have time to think about safety, and I need to get this job done right now.”
  • “I don’t have time to put on all that protective equipment. I did a similar job without using it once before and didn’t get hurt.”
  • “I’ve done this job dozens of times before. 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, I can get home sooner.”

Hurrying Dangers Dos & Don’ts


  • Think about the consequences of hurrying
  • Know that rushing can result in serious injury to you and your co-workers
  • Always take the time to put on safety equipment and follow safety instructions
  • Dress appropriately for the job, including PPE, which can save you from serious injury
  • Use the right tools for the job, and do not use the wrong tool because it’s more convenient
  • Identify hazardous situations in advance

If you’re rushing through a task, your mind is on getting it done – not on what may happen next. Working carefully and deliberately gives you time to think about potential hazards and plan your actions.


  • Remove safety guards or safety shields and continue to operate equipment without them
  • Have the attitude that you can hurry “just this one time”
  • Fail to read the operator’s manual or heed safety warning signs

Don’t be in so much of a rush that you neglect your personal safety or the safety of those around you. Our first priority is your safety. When we rush, we jeopardize our well-being and sacrifice quality. In the end, rushing costs us all more time to get right.



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