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COVID-19 and suicide risk in the construction sector: preparing for a perfect storm.
King, Tania L; Lamontagne, Anthony D.
  • King TL; Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Lamontagne AD; Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
Scand J Public Health ; 49(7): 774-778, 2021 Nov.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1088432
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7. Suicide PROCESS_OF Construction worker
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ABSTRACT

AIMS:

Worldwide, construction industries are considered to be key economic pillars of the societies they serve, and construction workers constitute a sizeable proportion of the global paid workforce. In many parts of the world, construction workers are at elevated risk of suicide. Here, we examine the extent to which construction workers may be differentially exposed to the economic effects of COVID-19.

METHODS:

A narrative review and synthesis of the literature was conducted.

RESULTS:

The economic and labour market shock resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a convergence of factors that may significantly exacerbate suicide risk among construction workers, particularly among those with lower skills.

CONCLUSIONS:

With important insights from previous financial crises, it is vital that governments, industry and workplaces act rapidly to mitigate suicide risk among vulnerable groups such as construction workers. Mental healthcare investment is needed, and must be complemented by prevention and control in the workplace and in the general community. Anticipating, preparing and acting to ameliorate this risk, particularly among low skilled construction workers, will save many livelihoods, as well as lives.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Suicide / Construction Industry / COVID-19 Type of study: Etiology study / Randomized controlled trials / Reviews / Risk factors Limits: Humans Language: English Journal: Scand J Public Health Journal subject: Social Medicine / Public Health Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: 1403494821993707

Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Suicide / Construction Industry / COVID-19 Type of study: Etiology study / Randomized controlled trials / Reviews / Risk factors Limits: Humans Language: English Journal: Scand J Public Health Journal subject: Social Medicine / Public Health Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: 1403494821993707