This is Derek Miller, Speaking on Business. Mental Health is a concern for every industry as we emerge from the pandemic and seek to recover a sense of normalcy. Here’s Rich Thorn from the Associated General Contractors of Utah to share some good news.


The construction industry has the second highest rate of suicide on all occupations. AGC Utah is addressing the mental health crisis our industry is facing with a new Total Safety guide. We are collectively bringing companies and organizations together to be more aware of the signs of someone who may be struggling or battling mental health issues.

In our 100 year of service, AGC Utah is recognized by the Utah State Legislature for its contributions to the State of Utah, and especially the construction industry for suicide prevention and mental health awareness.

Several local and national publications from the AGC can be used as a resource for mental health in the construction industry. Now, we have the new Total Safety Guide as well to positively affect how the construction industry can address these real and urgent challenges it’s facing.


The construction industry faced unique challenges these past two years and worked with Utah Community Builders to develop the new Total Safety guide. This guide provides a toolkit for mental health best practices for construction companies and workers. I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.