Type: Lessons Learned
Publisher: Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID
Published As: Public
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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