Hurrying Up Can Hurt
“Haste Makes Waste” is a popular saying when it comes to rushing to complete a task or job. Another saying more closely associated with safety on the job is, “Hurrying Up Can Hurt.” Sometimes being in a hurry can cause accidents, such as using the wrong ladder for a job just because it was closer than the ladder that was the correct height or not wearing safety glasses because the job will only take a second.
However, it should be pointed out that while hurrying unnecessarily is frowned upon, faster ways of doing things may be beneficial at times. If there is a better way of doing a certain job, bring it to the attention of a supervisor. But do not proceed to use the new method or make any changes without first getting approval.
One of the safest means of speeding up operations is through experience. The more familiar jobs become, the more efficiency and speed increase. Be careful not to reach the point where increased speed through experience becomes negligible and the danger of not remaining alert on the job grows.
Taking a shortcut or rushing to save time can lead to unnecessary accidents, and in the end, may not save that much time or be worth the risk.