The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that of the millions of Americans who struggle with alcohol or substance abuse, those in the construction industry make up 16.5% of alcoholics nationwide and 11.6% of drug addicts nationwide.1 It’s a silent problem that supervisors, workers, and managers often turn a blind eye to. But addiction in the construction industry is a problem that isn’t going away. We explore why addiction among construction workers is such a problem and what can be done about it.
Workplace Injuries Paving the Way to Addiction
One big factor contributing to the rise of addiction in the construction industry is workplace injuries. While construction safety training in New York aims to reduce workplace injuries, human error can and does happen. One slip up can result in lifelong injuries that leave workers in incredible pain. They may take prescription pain pills to treat their pain, or they may try to self-medicate with alcohol.
Whether using painkillers or alcohol, the injured worker soon needs more of their medicine of choice to treat their pain that results from workplace injuries. Substance use on the job can result in even more dangers, and our construction safety consultants never recommend that workers report for their job when they are under the influence of anything.
Combating Addiction Among Construction Workers
One important way to help teams avoid addiction is to prevent workplace injuries. Proper construction safety training in Philadelphia and New York can mitigate risk by ensuring all workers understand the proper procedures for optimal safety on the site. While training alone cannot prevent all site injuries, it can help keep the risks at bay. Other personal employee factors may contribute to addiction, but keeping the site safe can help combat the growing trend of addiction in the construction industry.
Our team at The Safety Group offers safety training, OSHA courses, NYC DOB classes, fire safety training, environmental training, and much more. Contact us today to learn more about how we can promote optimal safety on your site through training and safety consulting services.