Susan Shemanski leads a team responsible for managing the safety of 70,000 workers across 6,000 U.S. job sites. Fatigue is perhaps the most pressing worker health issues on her mind, and one she emphasized at this year’s RISKWORLD in Atlanta during her session, ‘The Future of Workplace Safety: A Case Study.’
With many industries facing critical labor shortages, the employees who are showing up are working longer and often harder. Not to mention, those who experience fatigue as a symptom of long-COVID often struggle to keep up a steady work rhythm.
‘People are fatigued and that leads to an increase in injuries,’ Shemanski said. ‘One third of all injuries are due to the talent shortage and fatigue in the workplace right now.’