September 26, 2023
by Safety and Health Magazine, National Safety Council
New York — In light of statistics showing construction workers are almost four times more likely than the average American to die from suicide, a contractor association has created suicide prevention resources.
Each year, about 5,000 construction workers die from suicide, according to a press release from the Building Trades Employers’ Association. BTEA adds that five times as many construction workers die from suicide than from a work-related injury.
Among the resources are a series of toolbox talks, which include “How to Talk to Someone as Risk of Suicide,” “The Risk of Suicide in Construction” and “Mental Health and Suicide Prevention as a Safety Priority.”
The association has also produced a suicide awareness video and offers hard hat stickers with the message “IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK.” The stickers feature the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number – 988.
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