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Staggering statistics reveal pressures in the construction industry

One in five tradesman know a colleague who has taken their own life.

Last month it was reported that every working day two men in the construction industry take their own life. This shocking statistic affects those working in the building industry more than any other sector. And many of the workers who take their life are self-employed or on zero hour contracts.

For sole traders, who move from site to site and work in fragmented conditions, there is less opportunity to form friendships and support groups. This can lead to individuals feeling isolated and undervalued.

There is also the ‘macho’ image that continues to dominate the industry, making it challenging for those who are suffering to communicate their issues.

Data has indicated that more than 89% of men surveyed* in the engineering industry feel pressured to act in a certain way. This includes being overly aggressive, objectifying women, and being told to ‘man up’ and ignore personal problems.

*Masculinity in the Industry Survey

If you’re stressed, concerned about something, or have a lot on your plate, reach out to someone. Help is available in a number of places, so please don’t think you’re alone.

And for those not feeling the pressure, make an effort with people around you. It’s difficult to tell what’s on someone’s mind. When there’s no one to talk to the small things can turn into bigger worries.

Here is a reminder of signs to look out for if you think someone you know is struggling:

  • they avoid social events and activities they usually enjoy
  • have difficulty speaking, thinking clearly or making decisions
  • have difficulty remembering or concentrating on things
  • use more tobacco, alcohol or other drugs than usual
  • feel tired all the time
  • have no appetite and lose weight, or eat too much and gain weight

You’ll find more advice in our Movember blog, here.

And if you’re looking for support, here is a list of organisations.

Tradesman Saver

All our policies include Legal Expenses cover as standard, which give our customers access to a free counselling helpline. We’re here to support you.

Helpline 0333 000 2082
More info:


24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Call free 116 123

National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK

Open 24/7
Call 0800 689 5652

The Mix

For under 25’s
3pm – midnight, everyday
Call 0808 808 4994


For under 35’s
Weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm, bank holidays 2pm-10pm
Call 0800 068 4141

Mark McPherson

Mark McPherson has an MA in Creative Writing and has been crafting content for over a decade. He writes for a range of niches, including the construction industry and insurance sector. Mark has worked internationally as a content writer and teacher.

All articles by Mark McPherson

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