Correlates of suicide in building industry workers

Arch Suicide Res. 2007;11(1):105-17. doi: 10.1080/13811110600992977.


Suicide within the construction industry in Queensland, Australia was reportedly high in a recent Royal Commission report. The current study examined the incidence and causes of suicide in this industry using psychological autopsy and focus group investigations. A total of 64 male suicides occurred over the seven-year period, representing a crude suicide rate of 40.3 per 100,000, significantly greater than the working age Australian male rate. Young employees were at excessive risk with separation/divorce, relationship problems, and untreated psychiatric conditions the major contributors. Focus groups emphasized the importance of work/home interface factors and industry-specific factors preceding suicide.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alcoholism / mortality
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Architecture*
  • Causality
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Industry / statistics & numerical data*
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Life Change Events
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Diseases / mortality*
  • Occupational Diseases / psychology
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Queensland
  • Reference Values
  • Risk Factors
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Suicide / psychology
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • Workload / psychology