Survey reveals 31 per cent find on-site metal health problems difficult to manage

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15th August 2016 11:10 - Construction

Survey reveals 31 per cent find on-site metal health problems difficult to manage: A recent occupational health survey, commissioned by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) has discovered that 31 per cent of construction companies felt that mental health issues on-site were hard to deal with.Survey reveals 31 per cent find on-site metal health problems difficult to manage

According to mental health volunteers, six times as many construction workers die from suicide, as opposed to falling from heights, highlighting the issue of poor mental health amongst construction workers.

The mental health charity, Samaritans, disclosed at a construction seminar last month that more attention must be paid to stress and depression in the construction industry. The seminar was held and organised by three building engineering bodies: the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA); the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA); and the CIBSE Patrons.

Statistics reveal that someone in the United Kingdom commits suicide every 90 minutes. Further to this, in 2014, there were 6,122 cases of death by suicide in the United Kingdom, 76 per cent of which were male. In comparison, 1,775 individuals died in traffic accidents in the same year.

Suicide is the biggest killer of males under the age of 50 and the highest rate of suicide is amongst men aged between 45 and 59.

The two key risk factors are mental illnesses and depression, which can sometimes be brought on by stressful workplaces, money troubles and drug and alcohol abuse.

One speaker at the seminar suggested that males from poorer economic backgrounds are 10 times as likely to perish by suicide as males who are from a financially better off economic background.

The seminar was told that depression and suicide is the “forgotten health and safety issue” of the industry.

According to a recent survey of ECA and BESA members, 80 per cent of employers within the building engineering industry acknowledged that mental health problems was a major problem that is already affecting their business.

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