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Date PostedOctober 2, 2016

Employment Minister Tackles Suicide in the Construction Field

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MATES in Construction and R U OK recently held a joint initiative at a Brisbane construction site for Fly the Flag Day, attended by Employment and Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace to raise awareness about suicide among construction workers.

Ms Grace explained that suicide among Australian construction workers is too high and in Queensland the problem is particularly alarming with 25 per cent higher than the suicide rate for the rest of the state’s population.

Construction workers are encouraged to ask their mates the question, “R U OK?” and if they need help themselves, they shouldn’t be afraid to ask.

On the day, 170 Queensland construction sites supported suicide prevention activities around the state. Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/09/employment-minister-visits-construction-workers-highlight-importance-suicide-prevention-awareness/#.V_AW-iQYYl2

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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