Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Protective Services Jobs Have The Highest Workplace Suicide Rate

From National Institutes of Health, "Workplace Suicides on the Rise, Study Finds: Police officers, firefighters at high risk, and rates are 15 times greater for men than women" by Robert Preidt:
People in protective services jobs had the highest workplace suicide rate at 5.3 per million workers. That's more than three times the national workplace suicide rate of 1.5 per million, the researchers said.

The second highest workplace suicide rate was among people in farming, fishing and forestry (5.1 per million workers), followed by those in installation, maintenance and repair occupations (3.3 per million), the study found. However, a subset of workers in this category -- those in auto maintenance and repair -- had a workplace suicide rate of 7.1 per million workers, the researchers said.

Workplace suicides were 15 times higher for men than for women, and almost four times higher for workers aged 65 to 74 than for those 16 to 24. In comparison, the overall suicide rate outside the workplace was 144 per one million people.

Suicides in the military were not included in the analysis due to data collection issues, according to the authors of the study, published March 17 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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