Suicide in the Construction Industry

Research shows that suicide with- in the construction industry in the United States is more than 4.3 times as high as the national suicide rate, with more workers dying annually from suicide than work-related accidents.

A literature review shows conclusive information that suicide within the construction industry is high compared to society, with documented common themes for suicide and suicidal ideations.

A subset of the common themes tied to the industry includes stigma associated with discussing mental health and suicide, both prescribed and self-medicating for injuries, and seasonal employment that leads to a loss of income and depression.

The difficulty in overcoming some of these obstacles, mainly the stigma is that this industry is comprised of a high percentage of males that have been led to believe that they need to be mentally strong and not openly discuss topics such as mental health, including suicide. The lack of discussion and seeking assistance has created an industry with a suicide rate that is 4.3 times as high as the national average, with two to three construction workers dying daily of work-related injuries, with an average of ten to fifteen dying daily from suicide.

Future research should look at how industry executives address mental health and suicide to promote open and honest conversations about the topic.

Authors: Vince Hafeli


Cite as: Hafeli, V. (2022). Suicide in the construction industry. Muma Business Review 6(5). 113-124.