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Kaluarachchi, Y., Nartallo, P., Emuze, F., 2022.

How the construction industry can improve the health and well-being of their workers in a post COVID-19 era

Output Type:Conference paper
Presented at:World Building Congress 2022
Publication:IOP Conference Series : Earth and Environmental Science
Venue:Melbourne, Australia
Publisher:IOP Publishing
Dates:26/6/2022 - 30/6/2022
Volume/Issue:1101 (3)
Pagination:pp. 032013-032013

UK Construction industry employs 2.7m employees and can lead the economic recovery by adapting to the current crisis. It accounts for a 6.02% share of the GDP and was hit strongly by the COVID-19 pandemic. Research has revealed that construction workers are at an increased risk of suffering from mental health conditions and data shows that male construction workers are three times more likely to commit suicide than the average male in the UK. Job insecurity, long hours, time away from families, lack of support from organisations and late payments are all known to contribute to this crisis. This paper explores how the construction industry can improve the mental health of its work force in the post pandemic era and what measures organisations can take to tackle the mental health crisis that the industry is facing, and which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. The research methodology used is a qualitative systematic literature review of published material including research journal papers, government and industry reports and articles that explore mental health challenges faced by the construction industry before and after the pandemic. The paper identifies the indicators of mental health and the existing initiatives currently operational within the construction sector and examines how mental health issues can be mainstreamed and be incorporated into construction industry policies and programmes to result in a healthy and balanced workforce.