Kamardeen, I., & Hasan, A. (2023). Analysis of Work-Related Psychological Injury Severity among Construction Trades Workers. Journal of Management in Engineering, 39(2), 04023001.

Poor mental health has become rampant in the construction industryglobally, causing productivity and profit losses for organizations as well asdisabilities and diminished quality of life for workers. Addressing thechallenge is critical for a progressive industry and healthy workforce.Existing literature discusses the causes and effects of poor mental healthamong construction workers. Yet, it does not, based on real-world incidentdata, explain vulnerable trades, common incident mechanisms, and recurringpsychological injuries, nor does it examine variations of lost time withinthe incident severity outcome due to psychological injuries. The presentstudy addresses these gaps by analyzing workers’ compensation offered toconstruction trades workers from 2008 to 2019 for psychological injuries inthe Australian construction industry. Carpenters and joiners, electricians,plant operators, structural steel workers, and construction and plumbinglaborers suffered more permanently incapacitating psychological injuries thanother trades. Workers in projects located in metro, small rural towns, andvery remote regions were more heavily represented in permanentlyincapacitating psychological injuries than workers in other locations. Theworst psychological injury, which resulted in a combination of permanentincapacity and an extended period of lost time (over 3,000 h), was caused byanxiety combined with depression or stress, or posttraumatic stress disorderfrom experiencing traumatic incidents, workplace violence and bullying, orvehicle incidents. Age and gender of workers did not show a statisticallysignificant association with psychological injuries. The findings offerpractical insights for developing optimized occupational health and safetymanagement programs for improving the mental health of construction workers.