The Impact of the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana on Construction Safety

Mohammad Sadra Fardhosseini, Behzad Esmaeili

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Abstract

Previous studies indicate that substance abuse among construction workers is associated with an increased risk of work-related injuries. In fact, using drugs could create a hazard not only for the worker who used them but also for his co-workers; for instance, marijuana can have a significant impact on workers' health, consciousness, performance, absenteeism, and injuries. Since recreational marijuana has been legalized in Colorado and Washington, studying the impact of substance abuse on construction-worker safety has become an important issue. To address this emergent need, this study investigates the advent of safety risks construction workers face due to the legalization of drugs and finds best practices managers can use to mitigate the impact of potential substance abuse. The objective was fulfilled by conducting an online questionnaire and distributing it among safety managers from Colorado and Washington. Participants were asked to summarize relevant safety challenges they faced since the legalization of recreational marijuana and to explain their successful substance-abuse prevention practices. The results of the survey are analyzed and best practices to cope with emerging safety challenges are evaluated. It is expected that the findings reported in this study will provide useful guidelines for safety managers to protect workers from the accidents resulting from substance abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2016
Subtitle of host publicationOld and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016
EditorsJose L. Perdomo-Rivera, Carla Lopez del Puerto, Antonio Gonzalez-Quevedo, Francisco Maldonado-Fortunet, Omar I. Molina-Bas
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages2972-2983
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479827
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
EventConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: May 31 2016Jun 2 2016

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016

Other

OtherConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016
CountryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan
Period5/31/166/2/16

Keywords

  • Construction safety
  • Legalization of recreational marijuana
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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    Fardhosseini, M. S., & Esmaeili, B. (2016). The Impact of the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana on Construction Safety. In J. L. Perdomo-Rivera, C. Lopez del Puerto, A. Gonzalez-Quevedo, F. Maldonado-Fortunet, & O. I. Molina-Bas (Eds.), Construction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016 (pp. 2972-2983). (Construction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784479827.296