Male construction workers in the UK are three times more likely to die by suicide than the national average, but creating an environment where workers feel comfortable talking about mental health and better project planning at the pre-construction stage to reduce time pressures on the workforce can help protect workers’ mental wellbeing.

Mental wellbeing and site safety in construction are intrinsically linked. Our industry loses 45 people a year to safety accidents, along with a harrowing 700 people a year in construction-related suicides. In the same way that we have significant precautions in place to prevent slips, trips, falls and accidents from working at height, we should be asking ourselves what can be done to protect the wellbeing of our site teams.

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