• Total Access Total Access Ethentic Ethentic
    Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data

    CALL FOR ACTION ON CONSTRUCTION WORKER SUICIDE

    Union urges construction industry reform to reduce high suicide rates

    Construction union Unite is calling on the construction industry to take radical action to reduce the elevated rate of suicide among the workforce following new analysis by the Office for National Statistics.

    Suicide is the leading cause of death in England in adults below the age of 50. Past research shows that some occupations are at particularly high risk. This latest report describes recent analysis of deaths from suicide in different occupational groups among those aged 20 to 64 years.

    The analyses are based on deaths registered in England between 2011 and 2015. Suicide was defined using the National Statistics definition which includes both intentional self-harm and injury or poisoning of undetermined intent, based on the coroner’s findings.

    Main points for the construction industry
    • Overall – there were 18,998 suicides in men and women aged between 20 and 64 years between 2011 and 2015, which constitutes a rate of around 12 deaths for every 100,000 people per year; for around 7 in 10 (13,232) of these suicides, an occupation was provided at the time of death registration;
    • Skills Effect – males working in the lowest-skilled occupations had a 44% higher risk of suicide than the male national average; the risk among males in skilled trades was 35% higher;
    • Low-Skilled Male Labourers – the risk of suicide among low-skilled male labourers, particularly those working in construction roles, was 3 times higher than the male national average;
    • Skilled Trades – for males working in skilled trades, the highest risk was among building finishing trades; particularly, plasterers and painters and decorators had more than double the risk of suicide than the male national average; and
    • Managers etc. – individuals working in roles as managers, directors and senior officials – the highest paid occupation group – had the lowest risk of suicide. Among corporate managers and directors the risk of suicide was more than 70% lower for both sexes.
    Construction needs to tackle the macho culture

    The Unite union adds that research has found that major factors which can put people at risk of suicide include low pay, low job security and wider socio-economic characteristics. All of which are potentially major factors in construction.

    Unite acting general secretary, Gail Cartmail, said:

    “These figures are truly disturbing and demonstrate that sadly the majority of construction employers are failing in their duty of care to their workforce. This is the latest evidence that the industry’s hire and fire culture is fundamentally unhealthy and is a major factor in these terrible and needless tragedies.

    Until the industry re-organises its approach to its workforce then it is not going to tackle the underlying causes of suicide in construction. Construction needs to tackle the macho culture where workers who talk about their feelings or mental health issues are too often considered to be ‘weak’.

    Unite is fully prepared to work with any employer large or small who is prepared to do the right thing and tackle mental health issues and the risk of suicide in construction.

    Mates in Mind

    Mates in Mind is a charitable programme to improve and promote positive mental health in construction.

    The website provides information about Mates in Mind and helps point users in the right direction for help with Mental Health.

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

    CDM 2015 PRINCIPAL DESIGNER FINED OVER FIRE RISK

    PD and PC failed to comply with CDM 2015 responsibilities

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 23rd May 2018

    SENTENCING GUIDELINES UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

    Lawyer argues guidelines undermine reduction in ‘regulatory burden’

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 23rd May 2018

    HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 23rd MAY 2018

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices register latest version

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 23rd May 2018

    PANEL STRUCK WORKMAN DURING LIFTING OPERATION

    Third party contractor falls victim of poor lift planning

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 21st May 2018

    DIRECTOR LED HAZARDOUS WORK AT HEIGHT

    Three occasions when work lacked suitable and sufficient precautions

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 21st May 2018

    RISK ASSESSED BUT CONTROLS FOUND WANTING

    Joiner fell through unprotected opening on roof of new building

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 21st May 2018

    RIBA CRITICAL OF HACKITT REVIEW FINAL REPORT

    High rise residential review dismissed as “major missed opportunity”

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 21st May 2018

    HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 16th MAY 2018

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices register latest version

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th May 2018

    CONSTRUCTION SECTOR DEATHS: THE ‘BIG THREE’

    HSE in-year fatalities for 2017/18 may indicate upward trend

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th May 2018

    SCAFFOLDING SITE ACCIDENTS AT RECORD LOW

    NASC Annual Report reveals all time low in 2017 incidents

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th May 2018

    DUMPER TRUCK HAND-BRAKE NOT MAINTAINED

    Workman injured when pinned against stack of concrete blocks

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th May 2018

    SPARE POWER INTERLOCK KEY CAUSED DEATH

    Dangerous machinery safety precautions defeated for maintenance tasks

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 10th May 2018

    HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 9th MAY 2018

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices register latest version

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 9th May 2018

    COLLAPSED CAR PARK WAS UNDER REPAIR

    Rusted steel supports triggered collapse of fascia and floor

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th May 2018

    DUMPER OVERTURN CAUSED FATAL INJURIES

    Precautions during spoil heap creation were inadequate

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th May 2018

    HARDWOOD DUST CONTROL NOT MAINTAINED

    Manufacturer failed to examine and test local extraction system

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th May 2018

    SCAFFOLD CONTRACTOR OVERLOOKED MAJOR HAZARD

    Well-known risk unidentified during scaffold erection project

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th May 2018

    THREE FIRMS FINED £1/2M FOR FRAGILE RISK FAILURES

    Fall through rooflight hazard poorly planned and managed

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 2nd May 2018

    CONTRACTORS IGNORED ASBESTOS RISK

    Asbestos pipe lagging worked on without licence and proper precautions

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 2nd May 2018

    HSE ENFORCEMENT UPDATE 2nd MAY 2018

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices update and analysis

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 2nd May 2018

    SOFT LANDING BAGS TRIGGERED A FALL!

    Fall arrest bag thrown from scaffold took workman with bag

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 1st May 2018

    FAILURE TO NOTIFY HSE PREVENTED INVESTIGATION

    Regulator prosecutes over RIDDOR non-compliance

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 1st May 2018

    CLIENT AND CONTRACTOR TOGETHER IN COURT

    Fragile roof fall exposes client failure to manage project

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 1st May 2018

    UNTRAINED DUMPER DRIVER SURVIVES OVERTURN

    Inadequate barriers plus lack of operator and manager training

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 1st May 2018

    PROJECT CLIENT PROSECUTED UNDER CDM 2015

    Building demolished without suitable precautions to prevent danger

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 1st May 2018
    Total Access Total Access Ethentic Ethentic
    Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data