Construction Industry Drug Testing

Drug and alcohol use in the Construction Industry is not only irresponsible; it is dangerous. Accidents caused by poor decision-making and slowed reaction times from drugs and/or alcohol can cause serious trouble. According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the construction industry has the highest rates of workplace drug use. 


Drug Abuse By Industry – Construction


Current Illicit Drug Use (%)

Current Heavy Alcohol Use (%)

Construction Laborers



Construction Supervisors



Other Construction Workers



Source: US Department of Labor

Types of laborers in this field include roofers, sheet metal workers, carpenters, building inspectors, drywall installers, masons, drill operators, and painters. In most positions and most companies, accidents in the construction industry are a reality. Carpenters face very high injury rates including muscle strains, ladder falls and cuts from sharp objects and tools. Roofers are also at high risk for injuries. Falling from roofs, burns from hot bitumen and heat illnesses from hot weather are all possible dangers. Sheet metal workers face major danger from welding and sharp metal cuts, and painters face risks including ladder falls and exposure to harmful irritants. 

Construction Industry Drug Testing

 Employees in the construction industry are in danger every day. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines the “Fatal Four” construction worker fatalities as the following: 

     • Falls–  (35%)

     • Electrocutions –  (9%)

     • Struck by Object –  (10%)

     • Caught-in/between –  (3%)


Substance abuse is a factor in 35 percent of workplace injuries and fatalities, 35 percent of all absences, 38 percent to 50 percent of all workers’ compensation claims and 40 percent of thefts, according to the Eighth Special Report to the US Congress on Alcohol and Health, and the US Department of Labor

Construction Industry Drug Testing

Construction workers are recorded as those using drugs and alcohol the most, by the US Department of Labor. These laborers are at risk just by carrying out their job requirements. Substance use is only increasing those risks, which affects OSHA safety, overall job safety, and work efficiency. Drugs commonly abused include marijuana, heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates, amphetamine and high amounts of alcohol. DISA- Formerly Occupational Drug Testing, can fully customize drug screen panels to detect any of these drugs, as well as additional substances. 

These workers are working at all kinds of locations, usually at different places throughout the year. After pre-employment testing to screen reliable hires, random drug and alcohol testing on-site is an excellent strategy to use in keeping work-sites safe. 24/7 emergency testing, post-accident testing, and reasonable suspicion testing is a convenient way to test these workers anywhere, at any time. Whether the job site is in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, southern Maine or Rhode Island, DISA on-site mobile testing units can turn any work location into a secure drug and alcohol collection site. 


Workers within this industry could fall under regulation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Click here for FMCSA testing requirements.

Click Here for 29 CFR 1926, OSHA Safety and Health Regulations for Construction

For more information on reducing workers’ compensation claims, avoiding recklessness, lawsuits and more, contact DISA.

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