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Rushing and the risk of a workplace accident

On Behalf of | Oct 28, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

Regardless of the field you work in, it is crucial to keep an eye out for job-related hazards that you face. On-the-job accidents occur for a host of reasons, from inexperienced workers to bad weather. Sometimes, these accidents occur because a worker is rushing. Whether someone is trying to finish a project on time or they want to complete their duties so they can go home sooner, rushing is very dangerous. 

Unfortunately, these accidents often result in serious injuries and sometimes lead to the loss of life. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, private sector employers reported 2.8 million non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses during 2018. 

Looking at the reasons why workers rush 

Some people rush while they are working because they need to finish by a certain time. For example, restaurant workers are often in a rush, whether a server has to bring food to many tables or a cook has to finish orders in a timely manner. Sometimes, people rush in an office environment, which can cause them to trip and fall down. Rushing is especially concerning on construction sites and for those working with dangerous machinery. 

Looking at the dangers of rushing on the job 

When someone rushes while they are working, they threaten their own safety and the safety of those around them. For example, workers who are rushing can drop large items, fail to address safety concerns (such as cleaning up a mess) or use equipment improperly. Whether you were injured in an accident because you were rushing or a co-worker caused an accident that has left you with an injury, it is critical to explore all of your options. Workers’ comp benefits help many injured workers move forward.