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Toolbox Talk: The Dangers of Rushing

By June 8, 2020 December 21st, 2020 No Comments
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The Dangers of Rushing

Rushing is a characteristic of human nature …

  • It’s human nature to want to get a job done as quickly as possible
  • Getting a task done in a hurry gives you: the ability to start your next task sooner in some cases, more time to do other things that may be more enjoyable
  • Many of us also grew up being told that it’s important to accomplish as much as we can
  • But what we often aren’t told is that rushing can result in accidents, errors, and more time spent in the long run
    • We need to do our jobs correctly and safely

But Let’s Look Closer At What Can Happen When You Hurry …

  • 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 the reason accidents occur is because workers aren’t doing their tasks properly
  • Being in a rush makes it unlikely you will perform your task as you should
  • Among the consequences of being in too much of a hurry are:
    • accidents involving yourself and co-workers
    • mistakes which can result in unhappy customers
    • the need to redo a task you thought was already done
    • product damage or loss
  • Rushing can also have long-term consequences
    • These include serious injury and long-term pain, costly medical bills, the possibility of a disabling injury, which could put you out of work, the loss of income from being out of work

Avoid Rushing & Develop a Good Safety Attitude

    • Rushing results in carelessness and carelessness leads to accidents
      • One example of a poor safety attitude that you should avoid is, “I don’t have time to think about safety. I need to get this job done right now.”
  • 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 other examples of attitudes that can get you into trouble:
    • “I don’t have time to put on all of that protective equipment. I did a similar job without using it once before and didn’t get hurt.”
    • “I’ve done this job this way dozens of times in the past. 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 there sooner.”

Hurrying Dangers Do’s and 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, use the right tools and follow safety instructions
  • Dress properly for the job
    • It may take a few extra minutes to put on a your safety glasses, hard hat or other safety equipment, but it can save you from serious injury
  • Use the right tools for the job
  • 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 to 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 take the time 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 not only jeopardize your well-being, but we also sacrifice quality. In the end this cost us all more time to get right.

Remember, safety is built one step at a time!


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