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Does rushing cause workplace accidents? 

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2024 | Workplace Injuries |

Workers often feel pressure to rush when they’re on the job. This is because many businesses are focused only on productivity and efficiency. These are the things that affect the bottom line, helping the company to earn more money.

But the problem with rushing is that, no matter what you’re doing, it’s going to cause more mistakes. You’re going to make more errors. Additionally, the pressure to hurry while doing a job creates additional stress, which may make it harder to do that job well.

Making accidents more likely

In this sense, rushing may not directly cause all workplace accidents, but it does make them more likely.

For example, a worker should double-check a ladder to make sure it was set up correctly, read the weight limit and safety instructions, and climb carefully and slowly while maintaining three points of contact at all times.

But if that worker is in a rush, they may not check to see how the latter is set up and they may hurry while climbing, carrying tools and just maintaining two points of contact. This could cause them to fall from the ladder and suffer a serious injury. It’s clear that falling is the main cause of that injury, but rushing is what caused the worker to fall in the first place.

Seeking workers’ comp benefits

If you are a worker who feels like you are constantly being pressured to work quickly, you may be concerned about getting hurt on the job. The good news is that, if you do, you may be eligible for workers’ comp benefits. Be sure you know what legal steps to take.