When an Injury Slows You Down

Early in a current project I’m working on, one of the major contractors was hurt on the job. He was alone, working late, and hurt his foot. He didn’t know how long it would take to recover from the injury and optimistically said he would be back in a week.

What do you do?

He was doing a great job, was on time, consistent, and efficient. He kept up with the schedule and stuck to his goals — until this. There were only a few tasks he needed to do, but they were critical.

Life is full of surprises… be prepared.

The delay stretched from a few days to a week and then to two weeks. He kept promising to return but he couldn’t recover in time and had to cancel. We had to scramble because there were not that many people in the area with the specific skills we needed. We made inquiries and found a few, but they were already fully booked. We had no choice but to wait, rework the schedule, and get as much done as possible until the replacements arrived.

What would you have done in my situation?

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