Safety, Health, and Wellness
Ironwork is the pillar of modern infrastructure. With such a physically and psychologically demanding job, it ranks highest per capita, for suicide rates than any other construction industry. In addition, Oklahoma ranks 2nd in the nation for Substance Abuse Disorders, according to Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, suicide is the 2nd leading death for men. Because the construction industry is male-dominated, with 97% of the workforce being male, there is a stigma when dealing with problems and emotions that an individual may be experiencing. The common attitude for Ironworkers is seeing themselves as having to be “tough or thick-skinned”, but asking for help is not a sign of weakness.
Here at Ironworkers Local 584, we are trying to promote more awareness and provide resources for our men and women to get the help they need when it comes to mental health and substance abuse. Let's break down the mental health stigma.
In addition to resources provided, there are weekly Ironworkers Local 584 Recovery Group Support Meetings held every Monday from 6pm-7pm at the Union Hall. Anyone is welcome to attend. Contact Andrew Dearman (Ravioli) at 636-697-7921 or 584.Ravioli@gmail.com, for more information regarding the meetings.
CLICK SAFETY ONLINE TRAINING FOR IRONWORKERS
When logging in: User name is your Book Number, Password is the FIRST four digits of SSN, and make sure you have selected the correct class (e.g.: OSHA 10-Hour Construction, OSHA 30-Hour Construction). For full Instructions, click HERE.
Suicide Prevention & Opioids in Construction
I.M.P.A.C.T. Suicide Prevention Resources
Worker Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention
Know the Stressors, Physical and Behavioral Health Conditions that impact the Construction Industry.
Allied Trades Assistance Program
ATAP is a non-profit organization created by Philadelphia Trade Unions to contain costs and promote improved service delivery for substance use disorder, mental health concerns and related issues to union members, retirees and dependents.
Modern Assistance (Employee Assistance Program)
Page dedicated to providing a full-range of services, for eligible members and dependents, including support for mental health, substance abuse and work life balance.
The impact of Covid-19 on Ironworkers
Kevin Hines Story: “I jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge & survived”