CCS findings show a third have seen colleagues under the influence at work

A survey by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) has revealed that more than 60% of respondents have never been tested for drugs or alcohol – despite a third noticing their colleagues under the influence.

The survey, which was carried out by more than 1,300 people in May, also found that a quarter of those surveyed said drugs and alcohol had affected them at work through tiredness with 23% saying it made them pay less attention during working hours.

And it found that 59% agreed that drugs and alcohol are issues of concern for the industry.

CCS chief executive Edward Hardy said the findings showed the industry needed to do better and get to grips with the issue quickly.

He added: “It is clear action must be taken across the industry to ensure workforce safety, health and wellbeing on sites and in companies throughout the UK.”

A number of contractors, including Ardmore, Sisk and Bowmer & Kirkland, already run schemes to tackle the issue which includes random testing, providing information on drugs and alcohol through toolbox talks and site inductions.

Hardy said more should follow suit and warned: “Maintaining a safe working environment is of the utmost importance for any employer; this not only applies to the workforce, but also the surrounding public and anybody else who may be affected.”