Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Phil Barlow and Scott Kelting
Alcohol is very prevalent in most industries around the globe, but the construction industry has been placed at the top, ranking number two for the most people suffering from alcoholism in the industry according to SAMHSA’s study. Some experts have said this is due to the hard and physical requirements of the job, time requirements of the job, and the stress involved within building a construction project. Common practice in the industry is that when a person is cited for being under the influence while at work, they will be let go, fired, or given a warning depending on the circumstance. Bancroft Construction Company, headquartered in Delaware, is taking a different approach though and trying to help their employees and company find a way to retain those who work and are invested in the company. The data showing the financial benefit, the risk factors of someone under the influence on site, and the current industry standards and perception offer an interesting perspective on how prevalent alcoholism is within the industry and offer good support for what Bancroft construction is doing.