Danny Shields is the VP of Industry Relations for Avetta. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with more than 18 years of both field and management level experience across multiple industry verticals.
Studies have been looking into the effect of stress and other psychosocial factors on employees’ well-being for decades. One of the first efforts to recognize the connection between workplace stress and well-being was the Whitehall Studies from 1967 to the mid-1980s. And studies continue to document the link between the two.
Compared to 10-15 years ago, companies are safer. Whether it’s tighter regulations, more awareness, enhanced experience, technology improvements or other factors, companies are doing a better job keeping their employees safe at the workplace. However, that number has plateaued over the last couple of years—the total incident rate per 100 workers has not changed significantly since 2017.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish,” wrote Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of “The Little Prince.” In the midst of the pandemic, employers now more than ever need a plan in case an employee or contractor dies at the workplace.