Diane Rohlman, PhD
Associate Dean for Research, Professor and Endowed Chair in Rural Safety and Health, University of Iowa
Construction is one of the most hazardous industries, with high rates of fatal and non-fatal injuries. Work organizational factors such as irregular employment, lengthy commute times, long work hours, and employer policies all impact health and safety. Construction workers also have higher rates of alcohol use, smoking, and engage in other unhealthy behaviors. In addition, suicide rates in the construction industry are the second highest among all occupations. Behavioral health problems can lead to increased absenteeism, high turnover, lost productivity, and workplace injuries. Characterized by a “tough guy” culture, stigma can prevent individuals from seeking treatment. A leadership commitment to health and safety, workplace policies, and supervisor training can promote worker well-being on the construction site.
- Describe factors that contribute to mental health in the construction industry.
- Understand workplace risk factors that contribute to mental health.
- Describe how a leadership commitment to health and safety, workplace policies, and supervisor training can promote worker well-being on the construction site.