While dollar figures pale in comparison to the impact of lives lost, suicidal behaviour among construction industry workers costs around $520 million per year in New South Wales and around $416 million per year in Queensland, according to a new report.

Without attempting to detract from the much more important human cost, the new report – which was commissioned by Mates in Construction and prepared by Hunter Medical Research Institute professor Christopher Doran – examined suicidal behaviour data throughout New South Wales and Queensland between 2001 and 2012 and attempted to…