Suicide is costing the Australian construction industry $1.57 billion dollars a year
MATES in Construction has released the
24 November, 2015 2 min read
MATES in Construction has released the Doran report which shows there are significant costs associated with suicide in the construction industry.
Suicide and suicidal behaviour in the Australian construction industry is costing $1.57 billion dollars each year, as much as 98 per cent of which is born by government, the majority at a federal level, according to reports released last week by MATES in Construction (MIC).
The figures are alarming, and demonstrate the need for greater investment in training so that construction workers can recognise a co-worker is unwell, before it's too late.
Construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than from an accident at work.
Each year 169 construction workers die by suicide, so investing in workers' mental health is just as important as investing in their physical safety.
The Doran Reports suggest that suicides and non-fatal suicides can have far-reaching adverse financial effects on the worker's family, employer and the government, due to production disturbance, human capital, medical, and administrative costs. These often can take years to finalise.
MATES in Construction has trained well over 87,000 construction workers in General Awareness Training to recognise when a mate is struggling. We have a network of more than 7,000 volunteer Connectors and ASIST workers prepared to help connect workmates to help when needed.
MATES in Construction is helping to address a problem that is far greater than many realise, providing an industry-led approach to an industry problem.
When a worker is left fully incapacitated after a non-fatal suicide, related costs can reach up to $3.27 million, and the costs associated with a fatality can reach up to $2.72 million.
MATES in Construction has set a target of a 15 per cent reduction in the rate of suicide across Australia in the next five years.
There are more than 750,000 construction workers in Australia and so far MATES in Construction has reached over 85,000 of them.
MIC is advocating for suicide prevention initiatives to exist on every construction site in every state across Australia.
An investment in suicide prevention save lives, but it also saves money. More importantly, every suicide prevented means a family gets to keep a father, husband or son.