On Friday (14/9/18) we will be holding a BBQ onsite to coincide with “R U OK?” day but also in memory of Alex Arnold, a work mate, who tragically took his own life here on Sunday 26 August. Alex was only 21. Many of you would know Alex and his brother Dan who worked together for East Coast Joint Sealant. It’s been a difficult time for everyone on site but even more so for the Arnolds who lost a brother and a son a week before Father’s Day.
Many of you have been asking how you can help. We have set up a fundraiser for Dan and his family so will be asking workers to contribute a gold coin donation, or whatever they want to at the BBQ. Any donations, including goods that we could raffle off, would be greatly appreciated and will assist Dan and his family, during this difficult time and help cover some their costs (Dan lives on the coast but his family are from Rockhampton).
As well as remembering Alex, we also want to encourage all workers on our site to back each other by checking in regularly and asking the question “R U OK?” because it can make a difference to anyone who might be struggling. Our industry is has some very disturbing statistics so getting this message out is important. The Mates in Construction website says that Construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work. Our young workers like Alex are well over two times more likely to take their own lives than other young Australian men.