Hurrying Is An At-Risk Behavior That Can Lead to Undesired Consequences

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Vehicle Safety, Operations, Maintenance, Construction/Project Management, Work Management/Planning, Heavy Equipment

At-risk behaviors are actions that involve shortcuts, violations of error-prevention expectations, or simple actions intended to improve efficient performance of a task, usually at some expense of safety. Hurrying through an activity or rushing to complete a task is an error precursor and an example of an at-risk behavior.

When performing tasks outside of normal operating conditions and/or when distracted, it is extremely important to conduct self-checking. Self-checking is another component of work that helps a performing individual focus attention on the appropriate component or activity and helps to ensure that each evolution of work is completed safely. When used rigorously, self-checking boosts attention and thinking just before a physical action is performed.

All workers, subcontractors included, need to be aware of (1) their surroundings before they start to do actions that are not typically performed at the local or point of an evolution and (2) rushing errors can occur; in this case, when they feel someone, or something is waiting on them.

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