Unfortunately substance abuse is all too common on construction sites. Not only is this a major safety issue for the industry, it also presents a major cost in lost productivity.

Cost of Substance Abuse

In the USA alone, alcohol abuse costs $249 billion every year. A significant chunk of that cost can be attributed to building sites across the country. Workers have tested positive to Methamphetamine, Marijuana and even Cocaine. The infographic below outlines more details regarding this alarming trend:

addiction infographic


What Can You Do?

If you are the boss of a building or construction company, these statistics can be a major concern. Thankfully, there is something you can do about it. On site drug testing is one measure you can take to ensure your staff is clean and your workplace is safe. There has been a 43% increase in staff you have tested positive to drug use in the period between 2004-2016.

Drug testing is not the only approach. In cases where you have placed significant time and investment into training your staff, you may want to help them develop their potential by referring them to an addiction clinic. There are plenty of these types of centres across the US. Not only doe these centres help people overcome their addiction, they also equip them with self confidence and healthy character development.

If successful the result is not only a staff member who is free of their addiction, but also a team member who is confident and well equipped to take on greater challenges.