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Pace Yourself

October 1st, 2010

“Courtesy of the California State Compensation Insurance Fund”

You’ve heard the expression, “Haste makes waste,” but hurry and haste can lead to accidents and injuries, when speed becomes more important than safety. In fact, hurrying is a common factor in many accidents.

Any time you’re about to climb a ladder, drive a vehicle, pick up a heavy object or use a potentially dangerous piece of machinery, give a thought to your safety. Make a mental note to do the task at a safe and steady pace. This is especially true if you’re about to start a new job or use equipment you’re not familiar with.

Sometimes workers, especially new ones, work at a fast pace in order to impress their boss. While that kind of attitude is appreciated, it won’t be appreciated if it results in an accident or injury. For an employer, the cost of the accident could more than wipe out the profits from the job, but what’s more important is the pain, worry, and the financial loss to injured workers and their family.

There’s also another expression, “Slow and steady wins the race.” Work at a safe pace. The job will get done and everyone will end up winners.

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