Apparently, a survey has revealed that over half of workers across the construction industry, have concerns about the impact that drugs and alcohol.

The survey was made up of 1300 people working in the construction industry. Of these, 39% of respondents revealed that they felt drugs and alcohol could be better tackled within the industry. A further 35% also revealed that they had noticed that drugs and alcohol impacted their colleagues.

Personally though, 25% admitted that drugs and/or alcohol had an impact upon their tiredness at work. Alongside this, an additional 23% felt that their attention at work was also decreased. 19% also felt it made them less productive.

On-site, many contractors, have a zero tolerance regarding drugs and alcohol. This is often made clear via toolbox talks, inductions and on-site posters. Alongside this, many contractors also implement random testing and provide their workers with information regarding drugs and alcohol. However, of the 1300 workers surveyed, 65% had never been tested for alcohol or drugs.

The chief executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme stated: “maintaining a safe working environment is of the utmost importance for any employer.”

“This not only applies to the workforce but also the surrounding public and anyone else who may be affected.”

“It is clear action must be taken across the industry to ensure workforce safety, health and wellbeing on sites and in companies across the UK.”

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