The deathly statistics of the construction industry – focusing on mental health & inclusion

8 December 2020 | 15:00 GMT (16:00 CET)


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Ulrik Branner

Executive & Board – LetsBuild

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Construction is one of the deadliest industries in the world. You might instantaneously think that people face a higher risk of injuries and even death when working with heavy equipment every day.
What most people do not know is the fact that death rates in construction are not related to the work on site, but to the fact that construction workers are more inclined to take their own lives.

The statistics paint a bleak picture of the industry


Construction workers take their own lives every year in the UK


Of all work related illnesses are related to stress, depression or anxiety


New cases of work related illness in construction every year (UK)

Studies show that construction workers are six times more likely to die by suicide than from a workplace accident. In the UK, two construction workers takes their lives every day. In Australia, one commits suicide every other day. Construction claims the highest number of suicides in any profession.

Mental health is not receiving enough attention in an industry focused on increasing efficiency, digitalisation and automation. Today, on-site workers deal with long working hours, demanding schedules, a male-dominated working culture, and a very insecure job market. On top of this, COVID-19 has added even more pressure to the industry.

Meet the panelists

Maria Coulter

BEM Managing Director – Construction Coach

Jorgen Gullestrup

Chief Executive Officer – MATES in Construction

Calvin Beyer

CWP Vice President; Workforce Risk & Worker Wellbeing – CSDZ

Simon Blake

OBE CCMI, Chief Executive Officer – Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Safety is an inherent part of every construction site, but how do we address the safety and well-being of our construction workers beyond the construction site?

In our next Town Hall session on December 8th at 3 pm (UK time), a strong panel of experts will discuss the important questions of why this is the state of our industry – and how we start improving the mental health in construction.

So join our Town Hall on December 8th. It’s a venue to learn, be inspired and ask questions. No one has all the answers, but by taking advantage of each other’s knowledge and skills we might get a little closer to finding one together.

“Those who wait to get back to how it was, will not survive in this new world”

Dame Judith Hackitt

LetsBuild Town Hall

Join the Town Hall and get clear answers to the most important issues surrounding mental health in construction!