Why Carry Out Employee Testing in the Construction and Manufacturing Industries?
Employees working in manufacturing and construction are at a higher risk of safety due to the nature of their jobs. Alarmingly, construction workers are six times more likely to be killed at work than employees in other industries. Fatal injuries are largely a result of falling from height, with others prevailing in contact with machinery or electricity, or being struck by a moving object or vehicle.
Employers have a responsibility to care for the safety of their employees and can face personal liability for preventable occupational accidents under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (2007). As a result, companies should have a stringent health and safety policy in place to minimise risks of incidents occurring.
With the widespread availability of drugs and alcohol, and the adverse effects they have on an individual’s perception and behaviour, inclusion of a workplace drug and alcohol testing policy is recommended for manufacturing and construction businesses.