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RR518 - An analysis of the prevalence and distribution of stress in the construction industry

Although, when compared to other industries, the construction sector has relatively low levels of reported work-related stress, it is still a topic of concern for the industry. HSE commissioned research to gain a greater understanding of the level, causes and extent of work-related stress within the construction industry.

The Health and Safety Laboratory conducted a postal survey of a sample of construction industry workers to investigate work-related stress. The postal survey design was informed by qualitative interviews with industry stakeholders at the start of the research. The survey findings were also discussed with industry stakeholders on completion of the survey.

In total, 1,732 questionnaires were returned, and the response rate was 35%. The methodology used meant that the sample was subject to certain biases such as an over-representation of large companies and certain job types, however, the results provide an interesting insight into the level and extent of reported work-related stress within the industry.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-03-19