John Somers is the vice president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ construction and utility sector. Views are the author’s own.
Every 11 minutes someone in the U.S. dies by suicide. Too many of those who do work in construction.
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control studied the correlation between suicide and occupation for the first time and found that workers in construction and extraction had the highest suicide rates of any occupation. The rate among construction is more than three times the national average, at 49.4 suicide deaths per 100,000 workers.
That works out to an estimated 5,242 construction industry suicides annually, which is more than five times the number of construction industry work fatalities. Also, for every person that dies by suicide there are another 25 suicide attempts.
The topic first came to the attention of a task force within the