The effect of alcohol and substance misuse in the construction industry in Cyprus

Panayiotou, George (2015) The effect of alcohol and substance misuse in the construction industry in Cyprus. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    It is common knowledge that the construction industry is an unsafe and dangerous industry to work in, as there is a high potential for many possible accidents to occur. In the UK there is anecdotal evidence that there is a problem with substance misuse in the construction industry (Parliament, House of Commons, 2008). Nowadays a certain number of people use substances such as alcohol or illicit drugs, while others misuse prescription drugs especially in the construction industry. The misuse or overuse of the above substances may affect the workplace. Many aspects of the construction industry’s workplace require alertness, sharp sightedness and accurate and quick reflexes on the part of the worker. A failure on the part of the employee or even the employer to meet these requirements may lead to serious accidents, not only for the labourers but also for the public. Further, a labourer under the effect of substances may affect the safety, the accuracy and the efficiency of the work.
    The aim of this project is to investigate how alcohol and other substances affect primarily the safety and secondly the productivity in the construction industry. Most of the studies seem to conclude that substance misuse is the factor for many significant occupational accidents, as well as for lower productivity in the construction industry.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 14:48
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 14:48
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/18871

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