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Construction slump drives up worker stress

Posted On November 14, 2011

THE economic crisis has sent stress soaring among builders and has led to suicides, industry groups say.

The plumbing and housing industry associations and Master Builders Association say the economic slump is affecting the mental health of employers and employees across the sector.

PIA executive officer Andrew Clarke said the downturn "resulted in some suicides in the general construction industry, triggered by financial difficulties".

He said many workers - particularly those with mortgages who were losing their jobs - were struggling as work dried up and payments were held back.

"We are hearing this is the worst it's been in over 20 years. In some cases people have said it's never been this bad."

The associations are reaching out to their members to offer support, and asking members to look out for one another.

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