The construction dashboard includes data on:
- Demographics of workers in the construction sector
- Suicide rate comparisons across work sectors
- Suicide rates of construction workers
- Alcohol consumption of workers
- Job quality
- Workplace stress and days lost due to workplace stress
We hope that this data will support national leaders and organisations to understand the mental health challenges and the risk of suicide people working in different industries face. By having a better understanding, they will be more able to:
- Help break the stigma surrounding suicide
- Provide better support within the workplace
- Develop action plans to help prevent people from dying by suicide.
Please note that the dashboards are not accessible on Internet Explorer so users are recommended to use an internet platform such as Chrome (all devices), Edge (all devices) or Safari (iPhone and iPads).
This dashboard includes key data relating to suicide and risk factors for the construction sector. To better view the data and access further information included, click on the arrows at the bottom right of the boxes containing the charts and tables.
Our charts have been developed to include a drop down function, which can allow users to access data which has been recently released and data from previous years.
You can also hover over the chart and table data to see more information e.g. the value for charts and, where appropriate, our risk rating for the area based on the methodology developed in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation in 2020.
Construction occupations and sex
Construction sector and age
Construction sector and ethnicity
Construction sector and sexuality
Sector comparison of male suicide rates
Sector comparison of female suicide rates
Construction and suicide rates in males
Sector comparison of alcohol consumption
Construction sector and alcohol consumption
Sector comparison of non quality work
Construction sector and job quality
Construction and quality job components
Sector comparison of work related stress
Construction and work related stress
Construction and work days lost
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