The pursuit of an injury-free workplace is a cornerstone of ABC’s commitment to safety in construction. We believe it is our job ensure all construction workers go home in the same—or better—condition than when they arrived on the jobsite. Yet while the number of construction jobsite fatalities due to accidents has been trending downward over the decades, deaths by suicide among male construction workers have increased.
Men in the construction and extraction industry had the highest rate of suicide among all occupational groups in the United States in 2015, according to the U.S. Center of Disease Control and Prevention. And from 2012 to 2015, the rate of suicide among male construction workers increased more than 20%, based on deaths per 100,000 males. This is a public health crisis and we need to do better for our workforce and their families.
Here are some links to articles and other resources to help educate your employees on suicide prevention:
- Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, of which ABC is a trustee
- About the Alliance
- Suicide Prevention in Construction Resources
- Suicide Rates by Major Occupational Group — 17 States, 2012 and 2015
- National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action: A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General and of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, 2012
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Hotline logos with lifeline phone number