September is national suicide prevention month. OSHA is designating September 6-10 as a Suicide Prevention Safety Stand-Down for the Construction Industry. According to the CDC, male construction workers have one of the highest suicide rates compared to other industries, and 4X greater risk than the general public.
Construction worker suicide risk factors include:
- Anxiety due to seasonal work schedules
- Workplace injuries treated with opioids
- Long hours and job strain - financial incentives to work overtime hours creates an unmanageable schedule
- Feeling disconnected on job sites alone
- Feelings of disrespect
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has published A Comprehensive Approach to Suicide Prevention that can help employers identify and assist those at risk, and provide opportunities for workers to seek help and receive treatment.
DII partners with our construction clients to keep workers safe and engaged with their employers. If you have any questions about workplace safety and suicide prevention, please contact your DII representative.