News Releases
Cookies help us improve your website experience.
By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies.
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email
YouTube
Podcast
News Releases

You'll hear it here first. Find the latest news from Zurich North America.

Zurich emphasizes worker wellbeing for Construction Safety Week
As sponsor of Safety Week (May 3-7), Zurich is engaging with contractors on job safety needs that include attention to mental health and COVID-19 protocols.
May 3, 2021

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., May 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- As one of the largest construction insurance providers in the U.S., Zurich North America is sponsoring 2021 Construction Safety Week from May 3-7, emphasizing that attention to workers' mental health and guidance on COVID-19 are critical aspects of on-the-job safety.

"Awareness is key to protection and prevention."

"Construction crews need ongoing training and communication in the best of times, but the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 heighten this need," said Jon Tate, Head of Construction Risk Engineering at Zurich North America. "For instance, information on modified work plans and daily health checks may be especially crucial for workers, which are two areas we will once again focus on this year."

Mental health and employees' overall wellbeing is another key topic. Construction has the highest suicide rate across all industries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Misuse of opioids is also higher in construction than in many other occupations. Social isolation and stressors because of the pandemic intensify the need for site supervisors and co-workers to be attentive and informed about how to reach out to workers who may be struggling mentally and emotionally.

"A lot goes into making construction jobs a success," said Rick Zellen, a Principal Risk Engineer for Zurich North America and Zurich's Safety Week Coordinator. "Awareness is key to protection and prevention."

Zurich has been a proud sponsor of Safety Week since its inception in 2014. It was started by 40 firms in the Construction Industry Safety Initiative and the Incident and Injury Free CEO Forum. It has grown to include hundreds of companies and thousands of workers nationally. 

For the 2020 event, which was delayed to September because of the pandemic, Zurich engaged with over 3,000 insured workers through on-site and virtual events involving more than 20 customers in 14 states. Activities included on-site safety assessments and participation in safety committee meetings, Safety Week luncheons, training webinars, risk assessment updates and fall protection training, all with adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols. Similar activities are planned for this week. For more information, please visit Zurich's Safety Week hub.

About Zurich
Zurich North America is one of the largest providers of insurance solutions and services to businesses and individuals. Our customers represent industries ranging from agriculture to technology. Zurich North America is part of Zurich Insurance Group, a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. Read more here.

Visit us on social media: LinkedIn and Twitter

 

SOURCE Zurich North America

For further information: Wendy Donahue, Zurich North America, (847) 413-5439, wendy.donahue@zurichna.com
Sign Up for Email Alerts

Get the latest news and insights in your inbox as it happens.

More to Explore
Aug 16, 2021

Zurich North America, a market leader in insurance solutions for construction, has appointed Kelly Kinzer to the newly created role of Head of Construction Casualty. The announcement reflects a...

Jul 13, 2021

The Z Zurich Foundation has announced the continuation of its fundraising campaign to help UNICEF's efforts to deliver 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally by end of 2021. The campaign,...

Jun 15, 2021

Zurich North America today announced that its crop insurance business – Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS) – is now connected to the popular farm data management software, John Deere...

Jun 14, 2021

Zurich North America is expanding its Medical Stop Loss Insurance presence in the middle market space through a new relationship with IOA Re, a Pennsylvania-based managing general underwriter...

Jun 3, 2021

Neeren Chauhan has been named Head of Strategy, Innovation & Business Development for Zurich North America, effective June 7, 2021. Chauhan will report to Zurich North America CEO Kristof Terryn. "The