According to research around 80% of workers across all industries feel stressed on the job. Working with a lot of the companies within the construction industry, I am particularly aware that contributing factors can be:

  • Long Hours
  • Physical labour which puts physical stress on individuals
  • Dangerous work e.g. working on aerial work platforms (AWPs) or other heavy-duty equipment

Stress in the workplace can show itself in some of the following ways, although this is not an exhaustive list…

  • Arguments
  • Higher staff turnover
  • More reports of stress
  • Increased sickness absence
  • Decreased performance
  • Increased complaints and grievances 

By being aware of potential stresses employers can remove or reduce causes of stress and in turn benefit their work force as well as the business.

Some more information is provided on the HSE website here:


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