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Construction industry drug testing

Name an industry that has a large need for drug testing:  construction. And while the Department of Transportation (DOT) certainly has its fair share of inter workings with drug and alcohol-free employees, the construction industry actually is getting a lot of attention for the importance of substance abuse and the workplace.

Statistics of drug use in construction

The statistics of drug use among those in construction professions might surprise you. According to the National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance,

  • 25.4% of construction laborers reported illicit drug use within the past year; 19.9% reported heavy use.
  • 25.5% of construction supervisors reported illicit drug use within the past year; 12.7% reported heavy use.
  • 23.4% of other construction workers reported illicit drug use within the past year; 20.6% reported heavy use.

Statistics show that almost a quarter of those in every job related to construction have used drugs within the past year, and high percentages of them use drugs heavily.


Importance of drug screening in construction

Drugs on the job are never a good thing. Employees using drugs will cost you. Financially, they create more turnover, higher workers compensation claims and higher health care premiums. But when it comes to construction, safety issues are at play, too. Substance abusing employees create more accidents and incur more injuries. And when it comes to construction, these could be life-threatening for both the substance abuser and those standing by.

Read a study by a Cornell researcher of drug-free workplaces and the construction industry.

Drug testing construction workers

If you’re in the construction industry, highly consider drug-testing your employees. Pre-employment tests may help you screen out applicants abusing illegal substances. In addition, random drug testing may allow you to provide a drug-free workplace that maximizes profits AND safety.

  1. July 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    It doesn’t necessarily surprise me with these statistics. Never the less it is still scary since they are handling heavy equipment all the time. Great article.

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