Research data shows that employee drug abuse in the workplace costs U.S. employers an estimated $140 billion in losses every year. Between lost productivity, accidents, absenteeism, thefts and other related negative behaviors, drug abuse takes quite a chunk out of the national economy.
In the construction industry, having a drug free workplace is particularly important. An Insurance Risk Management Institute report revealed that workers with chronic substance abuse problems can have a 3.6 times higher accident rate. They also are five times more likely to claim workers compensation and use their sick leave three times more frequently than average. All of these issues mean added costs and risks for construction employers. Read more