Monthly ice use highest in mining industry
One such group is the Australian Industry Group, which recently submitted its concerns to a federal inquiry. The submission contained data showing that with 38 per cent of workers taking ice, the mining industry has the highest monthly ice usage, among other things.
Several case studies were also highlighted in the submission, including reports of supervisors coercing subordinates to use the company credit card to purchase ice and a coal mine truck driver who tested having ice in her system four times higher than the detection cut-off.
In an industry where working very long hours is common practice, it is not really surprising if many workers try to cope with the tough schedule by using ice, a very powerful stimulant that will certainly keep them awake no matter how unholy the hour is. The thing with ice is that it also clouds one’s judgment and decision-making abilities, a definite no-no in an industry where its workers face danger with every single step. While a making drug testing in the industry mandatory may not be the sole solution, we all know and understand that it can help in no small measure.
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