Construction Suicide Prevention Partnership

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Suicide risk and mental health challenges are jobsite safety issues.

A crisis in Oregon and across the nation

Based on the most recent CDC data, workers in the construction industry face the second highest suicide rate of any industry in the U.S.—at over three times the national age-adjusted suicide rate. Experts attribute several factors to this disturbing trend, including the physical rigor of the job, financial instability caused by the work’s often seasonal nature, and a male-dominated workplace that has traditionally emphasized dealing with problems alone rather than asking for help.

Our country now loses more construction workers to suicide than to jobsite injuries or accidents.

In response, dozens of Oregon’s industry leaders, from construction firms to organized labor and insurance companies, have come together to prevent suicide and promote mental health with the same innovation and tenacity that the industry has brought to improving workplace safety.

A new initiative for Oregon

2024 Construction Strategy

The Construction Suicide Prevention Partnership (CSPP) was founded in 2019, and has quickly grown to nearly 100 members. These members represent construction companies large and small, subcontractors, building trades and their unions, safety specialists, OSHA, SAIF, and healthcare partners. Since its founding, the Taskforce developed a detailed strategic plan of three Objectives and 15 specific Strategies to fulfill its mission:

Mission: To develop and implement a unified strategy for reducing suicide and promoting mental well-being in the construction industry.

With this mission, the Taskforce aims to become the go-to resource for construction industry stakeholders in Oregon to lower suicide rates and improve mental health among workers in the industry. It envisions the industry building a culture of mental wellness to match the culture of physical safety that the industry has worked so hard to create.


The Strategic Plan for suicide prevention in the Oregon construction industry

This Strategic Plan is the result of countless hours of discussion and collaboration among a wide range of stakeholders. It represents a common understanding of the urgency of this crisis, and the very real intention of small companies, large corporations, and government agency representatives to collectively build a stronger, safer future for construction workers across Oregon.

Alta Consulting 

American Heart Association  

Andersen Construction  

Apollo Mechanical  

Arctic Sheet Metal  

Asphalt Pavement Association of Oregon  

Associated Builders & Contractors  

Associated General Contractors – Oregon Columbia Chapter  

Associated General Contractors of Washington  

Associated Wall & Ceiling Contractors  

Benson Industries  

Brown & Brown Northwest  

Cascade Centers  

Clackamas County  

Coffman Excavation  

Colas Construction  

Construction EHS Manager  

Construction Financial Management Association  


Donald B Murphy Contractors  

Dynalectric Oregon  

Fortis Construction  


Grady Britton  

GROW Construction  

Hoffman Construction  

Hoffman Structures  

Howard S. Wright Construction  

IBEW Local #48  

Jacobs Engineering  

JE Dunn Construction  

Joe Esmonde Consulting  


Laborer’s International Union of North America – Northwest Region  

Lakeside Industries  

Lease Crutcher Lewis  

LIUNA Local #737  

Marsh USA, Inc.  

MHA Resource Company  

Mortenson Construction 

Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association – Oregon & SW Washington  


State of Safety  

Strata Consulting

Multnomah County  

Northwest Carpenter’s Union  

OHSU Institute of Occupational Health Sciences  

OHSU Safety Climate Lab  

Oregon Building Trades Council 

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries  

Oregon Health Authority  

Oregon OSHA  

Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute  

Perlo Construction  

R and H Construction  

REFA Steel Erectors  

Robert Evans Company  

Safe from Hate  


Seabee Construction    

Traveler’s Insurance  

Turner Construction Company  

UA Local #290  

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  

VA Portland Health Care System  

Weitman Excavation  

Western Partitions Inc.  


Contact Us

Max Margolis, Construction Suicide Prevention Coordinator – [email protected]


Construction QPR Liaison

Steven Frost, LEED AP BC+C, CHS, ASP, CSP – [email protected]


Education & Training Committee Chairs

Kristina Ewing, Wellness & Benefits Manager | Andersen Construction – [email protected]

Lisa Ransom, Director of Apprenticeship & Training | OR Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) – [email protected]


Innovations & Solutions Committee Chairs

Aimee Johnson, Program Analyst, Innovations, Suicide Prevention | U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs  – [email protected]

Kenny Herrera, Environmental Health & Safety Director | R&H Construction – [email protected]


Branding Marketing Committee Chairs

Judy Cushing, Founding CEO | Lines for Life – [email protected]

Natalie Cordova, Vice President | Marsh Risk & Insurance Services – [email protected]


Task Force & Partners

Bill Barr, Chair | Construction Industry Suicide Prevention Project – [email protected]


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