EXPLOITATION of construction workers is driving employees to suicide, new figures revealed yesterday.
Labourers in the construction industry are three times more likely to take their own lives than the national average, data from the government’s Office of National Statistics shows.
And skilled construction workers are twice as likely to commit suicide than the national average. Causes identified include low pay and low job security in the industry.
Unite, the biggest union in the construction industry said the figures were “truly disturbing.”
The union’s acting general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “This is the latest evidence that the industry’s hire and fire culture is fundamentally unhealthy and is a major factor in these terrible and needless tragedies.
“Until the industry reorganises its approach to its workforce then it is not going to tackle the underlying causes of suicide in construction.”