Drug abuse in the workplace affects you, whether you realize it or not.
Construction workers have some of the highest rates of drug and alcohol abuse in America. Workers in the building trades are 100% more likely to be involved with intoxicating substances than are those in other industries according to the Department of Labor.
Here are more facts about drug abuse in the building trades:
- 67% of arrests for workplace violence test positive for drugs
- 36 times higher rates of theft by workers using drugs
- 5 times more Workmens Compensation Claims
- 300-400% more health care utilizations per year
57.5 percent of men 18 years and older admitted to “binge or heavy alcohol use” in response to an anonymous government survey.
So, unfortunately, substance abuse is the new normal today in the building trades and construction industries. It is naïve to assume that most companies test for drugs – the fact is that they do not!
Their failure to test for drug and alcohol abuse can leave you as the property owner liable. As a property owner, you possess a tangible asset. Many companies in construction may look like they have assets of their own, but the majority of times, expensive equipment like trucks, machinery, etc. is leased in order to capture faster tax write offs. Leased assets are not owned by the company that leases them of course.
These companies may look good or sound good, but they may well be only a shell, financially speaking. Note that Workmens Comp is a no-fault law. Therefore, an installer who is careless or drunk has just as much right to file a claim for injury compensation as a teetotaler has. And who will the lawsuit be filed against? Well, it won’t be filed against a shell company that has no assets of its own. The lawsuit will be filed against you – because you own a property, which is a tangible asset.
Protect yourself, your property, your future, and your children’s future by dealing only with gutter companies that drug test their gutter installers.