Turner Access Higher Safety Total Access
Total Access Ethentic Chipmunk Data
Chipmunk Data Turner Access Ethentic

SEX, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL RISKS IN CONSTRUCTION

Research reveals construction trades at elevated risk of death from drugs

New research published by the journal Occupational Medicine shows that the risk of death from diseases and injuries caused by alcohol, drugs and sexual habits varies significantly between different jobs and professions.

The study analysed 1.6 million deaths over a ten year period and found that painters, bricklayers, plasterers, roofers and had approximately twice the average rate of death from drug abuse.

Other findings included: merchant seamen and people working in pubs and catering had much higher risks of alcohol-related death; tailors, dressmakers and male hairdressers had nine times the average risk of death from HIV infection.

Findings highlight preventive opportunities

The researchers state that whilst in general, the diseases and injuries that caused these deaths are unlikely to be a direct consequence of work, the study “is important because it highlights opportunities for preventive action.”

The Society of Occupational Medicine who published the study claimed that lives could be saved by prioritising and targeting employees who work in the jobs concerned with preventive measures.

Professor David Coggon, who led the research, said:

“this study demonstrates that there are major differences between occupational groups in their risk of death from drug and alcohol related diseases. The findings are important because they indicate opportunities for targeted interventions to prevent illness and promote health.”

Dr Olivia Carlton, President of the Society of Occupational Medicine added:

“The workplace is an ideal environment to pick up on drug and alcohol problems and to put in policies to improve safety and productivity and to help workers. Problems can come to light because a workers performance is affected, they may develop mental health problems or they may be off work more often.

Occupational Health doctors can help those individuals who are affected and help the employers implement drug and alcohol policies and awareness programmes.”

For further information, an advance copy of the full research paper or to arrange an interview contact: Vanessa Hebditch 07899 895674 | vanessahebditch@som.org.uk

Comment

This research highlights the importance of companies having agreed an drugs and alcohol policy in place applying to all staff. The policy should form part of your overall health and safety policy. 

For others it will provide further evidence supporting the introduction random drugs and alcohol testing as part of that policy.

Latest Construction Health and Safety News

ROPE ACCESS WORKER FELL THROUGH FRAGILE ROOF

Prison sentence imposed on owner of rope access firm

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 24th April 2018

FIRMS FINED £2M OVER FALLING PIPE FATALITY

Incorrect stacking of pipes triggered fall and crushing of workman

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th April 2018

DOMESTIC PROJECT PC HANDED JAIL TERM

Workman fell from unprotected roof edge on dormer extension

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th April 2018

MAJOR CONTRACTOR ERRED ON FRAGILE ROOF RISK

Firms fine £965,000 after painter fell through waiting room roof

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 19th April 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT UPDATE 19th APRIL 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 19th April 2018

STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

CROSS publishes reports and expert comment on a range of issues

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 18th April 2018

NEW BIM SPEC FOR SHARING H&S INFORMATION

Specification for sharing health and safety info during construction projects

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 17th April 2018

MANAGERS FORGED ASBESTOS DOCUMENTATION

Removal licence obtained using fake training and medical certificates

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 17th April 2018

FINE OVER INCORRECT AND MISLEADING SURVEY

Specialist asbestos company failed to detect AIB on demolition project

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 17th April 2018

IGNORING HSE ADVICE PENALISED BY LARGE FINE

Contractor fined over £50k for persistent WAH and welfare failings

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 17th April 2018

PRISON OVER BASEMENT EXCAVATION AND COLLAPSE

Building contractor jailed after house collapsed in Brighton

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 17th April 2018

DEFEATING POWER INTERLOCK CAUSED FLASHOVER

Systems for managing electrical safety found to be inadequate

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 17th April 2018

LADDER SAFETY FAILURES ATTRACT MASSIVE FINE

National window firm left workers to ‘own devices’

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 12th April 2018

FALLING MATERIAL STRUCK WORKMAN IN EXCAVATION

Risks of working in and near excavations highlighted by incident

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 4th April 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 4th APRIL 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 4th April 2018

HOUSING ASSOCIATION FAILED ON VIBRATION RISK

Assessment, management and health surveillance all found wanting

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 3rd April 2018

OCCUPIER AND CONTRACTOR FINED OVER FALL

Employee assisting contractor fell through roof during re-roofing project

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 3rd April 2018

HSE FEARFUL OF GROWING ’BLUE TAPE’ BURDEN

hselogo1ISO 45001 could generate fresh business to business demands

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 3rd April 2018

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 21st MAR 2018

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 28th March 2018

INCIDENTS: PASSER-BY STRUCK BY BRICKS

Pack of bricks appear to have fallen from crane

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 28th March 2018

HSE RECONSIDER HOW TO INFLUENCE SMALLER FIRMS

hselogo1Regulator advice and messages are failing to chime with the SME businesses

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 27th March 2018

DANGEROUS REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS CEMENT

Workers smashed asbestos sheets with crowbars whilst at risk of falling

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 27th March 2018

HSE LAUNCH CONIAN SHARING AND SUPPORT PLATFORM

hselogo1New HSE web community now open to the public

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 27th March 2018

FIRM FAILING ON HAVS SURVEILLANCE FINED £50,000

Door manufacturer failed to manage sanding and buffing tool vibration

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 27th March 2018

PRE-CAST FIRM FINED OVER FINGER AMPUTATION

Lack of guarding and training triggered table saw injury

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 26th March 2018
Turner Access Chipmunk Data
Total Access Ethentic
Higher Safety Turner Access