Zurich highlights worker well-being for Construction Safety Week
Another key topic is the mental health and general well-being of employees. Construction has the highest suicide rate of any industry, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Opioid misuse is also higher in construction than in many other professions. Social isolation and stressors from the pandemic intensify the need for site supervisors and co-workers to be attentive and informed on how to reach workers who may be struggling mentally and emotionally.
“Successful construction jobs are essential,” said Rick zellen, Senior Risk Engineer for Zurich North America and Zurich Safety Week Coordinator. “Awareness is the key to protection and prevention.”
Zurich has been a proud sponsor of Safety Week since its inception in 2014. It was launched by 40 companies as part of the Construction Industry Safety Initiative and Incident & Injury Free CEO Forum. It has grown to include hundreds of companies and thousands of workers nationwide.
For the 2020 event, which was postponed to September due to the pandemic, Zurich engaged with over 3,000 insured workers through virtual and on-site events involving over 20 customers in 14 states. Activities included on-site safety assessments and participation in safety committee meetings, Safety Week lunches, training webinars, risk assessment updates and training on fall protection, all in compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols. Similar activities are planned this week. For more information, please visit Zurich Safety Week Hub.
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