Compulsary drug tests on the cards for tradies

GOLD Coast tradies could soon be forced to undergo drug tests in a bid to tackle a dangerous wave of meth-amphetamine abuse on building sites.

The state’s construction industry wants the tests to be conducted on publicly funded projects with fears drug use could lead to catastrophic accidents, according to the Courier Mail.

Industry leaders are hoping similar measures implemented by the Victorian Government can be brought into the Sunshine State.


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From July, companies tendering for government contracts in Victoria must have effective drug and alcohol screening in place to improve safety and curb drug distribution through work sites.

Researchers say a ‘work hard, party hard’ culture among the male dominated sector has lead to amphetamine use being twice as high as it is among the general population.

It’s also been revealed some older workers are using speed to keep up with the pace of younger colleagues.

Queensland’s Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said he was looking into the Victorian approach.

Officials are reportedly in talks with the Master Builders Association, which is keen for action.

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