Toolbox Talk: Danger of working in cluster
Cluster refers to a situation where a group of individuals are working at the same time and in close proximity to each other in a specific location.
Some jobs carried out in cluster include: Asphalt work, Iron fitting, road maintenance, etc.
Some dangers which accompany work carried out in cluster are:
- Information overlap: Information are mostly allowed to drop when not directed to an individual; no one mostly own up to a task or instruction.
- Job segregation: There is mostly neglect and transfer of responsibility.
- Colony initiation: There tend to be formation of small colonies for interaction and discussion.
- Discussion integration: As long as a colony is formed, discussion is likely to set in. As discussion is integrated into a colony, there is tendency for the colony to increase.
- Group distraction: Since a colony is formed and discussion integrated, there is likely to be group distraction. When one person is distracted in a colony, everyone is distracted.
The effective way to manage dangers of working in cluster is to ensure that all information must be directed to someone; not an open information.
Also, personal discipline is very important. Do not be carried away in colony activities. Also stay focus and keep your eyes on the BALL.