Thursday 30th Mar, 2017

High suicide risk for construction workers


According to the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRP), suicide among construction workers, which is almost exclusively men aged 15 to 24, is more than twice as high as other young males. AccessEAP works closely with a large number of construction organisations and are shocked by the AISRP results, claiming that steps can be taken by individuals and managers of construction companies to ensure their workers are safe. Further statistics include:

  • Every two days in Australia, a construction worker kills himself
  • Six times more likely to die from suicide than through workplace incident (under the age of 24 it is 10 times more likely)
  • The problem is greatest in NSW and WA – more than 40 workers kill themselves each year.

The April issue of The Earthmover & Civil Contractor will carry a story on this issue.

Help can be obtained from organisations such as:

The Black Dog Institute

Beyond Blue