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Table 1 Sample characteristics of the Working Well: Mental Health and Mining Study baseline survey participants (n = 1,399)a

From: Help-seeking for mental health problems by employees in the Australian Mining Industry

Participant Characteristics n (%) Workplace Characteristics n (%)
Sex   Mine type  
 Male 1215 (86.8)  Open cut 739 (52.8)
 Female 175 (12.5)  Underground 660 (47.2)
Age   Commute type  
  < 24 111 (7.9)  FIFO/DIDO 397 (28.4)
 25–34 434 (31.0)  Local 999 (71.6)
 35–44 428 (30.6) Shift type  
 45–54 319 (22.8)  A regular shift 669 (47.9)
 55+ 97 (6.9)  A rotating shift 702 (50.3)
Relationship Status    Other 26 (1.9)
 Not Married or de facto 198 (14.2) Shift length  
 Married and/or de facto 1106 (79.1)  8 h or less 183 (13.1)
 Separated/Divorced/Widowed 85 (6.1)  9–12 h 731 (52.4)
Dependent Children    More than 12 h 481 (34.5)
 No 571 (40.8) Employment Category  
 Yes 828 (59.2)  Managers 67 (4.8)
Education    Professional 189 (13.5)
 Year 10 or less 279 (19.9)  Trades worker 482 (34.5)
 Year 12 170 (12.2)  Machinery Operator 576 (41.2)
 Trade 507 (36.2)  Administration or Other 85 (6.1)
 Cert/diploma 237 (16.9) Years working in Mining  
 Uni/higher degree 199 (14.2)  2 years or less 256 (18.4)
    3 to 10 years 606 (43.3)
    More than 10 years 530 (37.9)
  1. a58 participants were excluded with incomplete Predicted Service Need Index (PSNI) scores. However, excluded participants did not significantly differ from respondents who completed all components of the PSNI on any of the tabled variables