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Workplace suicides on the rise, finds U.S. study – but employers can help
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/01/2015

Suicides in the workplace have been on the rise since 2003 — and some occupations are at higher risk than others, according to a 2015 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 


“Those tend to be protective services, which include police, firefighters. The second group are those in farming, fishing and forestry occupations. And then the third group, which was a unique finding, are those in automotive or maintenance and repair occupations,” says Hope Tiesman, West Virginia-based research epidemiologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the study’s author.