OSHA Announces Task Force to Raise Awareness of Surge in Construction Worker Suicides
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it has formed a task force of industry partners, unions, and educators to raise awareness of the types of stress that can push construction workers into depression and toward suicide. In addition to alerting stakeholders, the task force encourages industry employers to share and discuss available suicide prevention resources with their workers. The task force is also calling on the construction industry to take part in a weeklong Suicide Prevention Safety Stand-Down from September 6-10, 2021, to raise awareness about the unique challenges construction workers face.
To further the goals of the Suicide Prevention Safety Stand-Down, OSHA has also provided additional information on suicide prevention in the construction industry, including: (1) resources from The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s National Construction Center; (2) A fact sheet for organizations and individuals on the issue of suicide and prevention; (3) How to talk about suicide with employees and how to get help; and (4) resources from The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
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