SAFETY DESK: Safety Can't Be Rushed




We have all heard stories of someone taking a short cut and the results are something less than desired.

As a safety professional who conducts interviews to determine why an injury occurred, I have heard the following often:

“I was in a hurry.”

“Nothing ever happened in the past.”

“This is the way I have always done it.”

As professionals and experts in our chosen fields of work, we are paid to perform our work correctly and in a timely manner.

But we should never be in a rush or hurry to complete our work.

Following correct procedures, policies, and steps will prevent unplanned events that can lead to injury.

Working safely doesn’t take any “extra time,” although it will prevent you from spending time in the emergency room.

So where would you rather be: in the ER, or at home at the end of the day with your family?


Lyman-Richey Corporation Safety Director



Tips to reduce stress:

Get enough sleep.

Exercise regularly. Just 30 minutes a day of walking can boost mood and reduce stress.

Build a social support network.

Set priorities. Decide what must get done and what can wait. Say no to new tasks if they are putting you into overload.

Think positive. Note what you’ve accomplished at the end of the day, not what you’ve failed to do.

Try relaxation methods. Mindfulness, meditation, yoga, or tai chi may help.

Seek help. Talk to a mental health professional if you feel unable to cope, have suicidal thoughts, or use drugs or alcohol to cope.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the toll-free, 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

National Institutes of Health