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Cumbrian construction company sacks workers for failing drugs tests

A construction company has sacked three workers who failed drugs tests.

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well done to thomas armstrong.i think every company should randomly screen employers for drugs.they gave those employers a second chance,and they blew it.especially with the way that companies liability insurance is sky high,people under the influence of drugs and alcohol,are not only putting themselves at risk,but also the company.stop making excuses for these people,who obviously didnt think enough about their jobs in the first place,give the jobs to the ones who come to work every day clean and sober.hope more companies follow your example.

Posted by nicky on 10 March 2012 at 18:35

Well done Thomas Armstrongs. It's sad to see people losing their jobs but they should have taken the chance the company gave them. Drugs are a scourge and if more employers took such action we would all be the safer for it.

Posted by Dave on 10 March 2012 at 18:20

Well done to the company all firms should have a zero tolerence policy to drugs and alcohol the majority of employees have to refrain from being under the influence of these I worked for an employer who radomly tested for both with a zero policy I myself found it reasuring that my fellow workers were not under the influence of either drugs or drink.I wonder just how many of those who failed the tests drove to work with drugs in their system not only putting themselves at risk but everyone else they encountered.As for those who advocate the use of drugs like Cocaine, Cannabis & Amphetamine you are as bad as those who supply drugs just ask the families of those affected by drug use those who have lost sons and daughters wives and husbands. I agree with all ME says lets not forget possesion of these drugs is an offence.

Posted by robert on 10 March 2012 at 17:55

I agree with Thomas that there are more likely to be workers still under the influence of drink the morning after AND therefore unfit to operate machinery etc. What about the ones who slip into the bar at lunch time as well?

Posted by gml on 10 March 2012 at 17:52

What people do in there own time is upto them, as long as the employees were not actually high on there shift this should have no matter. Drugs stay in you system for upto a month - that dont mean your high for a month!

Posted by Weekender on 10 March 2012 at 16:45

Well done. It is the only way to get rid of the scurge of druga and the organised crime which takes advantaged of the weak, poor and lonely.

Posted by Charlie on 10 March 2012 at 16:32

Well done to the company. Personally, I would have sacked them immediately, but the company gave them every chance to sort themselves out and these members of staff couldn't be bothered to respect their employers.
@Thomas, i cannot put in to words how angry your post made me. Yes, i agree with the fact that nobody should be drinking alcohol then using machinery etc, but the rest of your comment is an absolute joke.
His employees using drugs causes more than one problem. If they are using drugs, they COULD be using them at or before work, endangering the lives of themselves or others. Even if they are not completely under the influence still, the effects last longer than you think. I bet if one of these employees hurt themselves on the job, they wouldn't for a second think it could be because of their delayed reactions etc caused by the drugs, and instead would make a 'no win, no fee' claim for compensation. And who suffers then? The company.
On a completely other note, these drugs are ILLEGAL. I wouldn't want to employ someone who breaks the law, funds drug dealers lives and obviously doesn't care about the job i had gived them (or they would have stopped taking the drugs when they were warned they could be sacked). How could i trust them to do something i had asked or with responsibilities i had given them if they can't even follow ONE simple rule that no one under my employment should be taking drugs. And if i worked alongside these people, i certainly wouldn't have any respect for them.
And yes, if i went for a job somewhere and they told me that they would be testing for alcohol in my system on a random basis and if found, i would be sacked, i WOULD NOT DRINK! when you are employed somewhere, you follow THEIR rules, not your own.
These people were given a chance and STILL had no respect for their employer/colleagues/their job and families who rely on their wage to stop something that was not a necessity or LEGAL. Grow up.
I have nothing but good words for this man and his company. More should follow his example.

Posted by carol-ann on 10 March 2012 at 16:01

alcohol kills more people in 1 night than cannabis has ever killed. alcohol is the worst drug and is a gateway to using other drugs suck as cocaine and methedrone as people who drink think its a good idea when drunk to get these kind of drugs to go clubbing and cause trouble. cannabis users dont cause trouble and is not a gateway drug as the government makes out as its totally different high and chills you out compared to be energetic and not sleeping when using uppers suck as cocaine. also cannabis can stop in the system for 3 month so this drug test could be void for testing positive for cannabis.

Posted by shaun on 10 March 2012 at 15:55

I must say i REALLY agree with THOMAS,get them that like there ALCOHOL,Because i dont think that CANNABIS can be any worse.if any -thing it HELPS!!(stress)The other drugs i dont agree with not at all,people do NEED to have some kind of social life (ONLY) not to take it to you dont fear others.

Posted by NUTTER on 10 March 2012 at 15:47

Thomas, alcohol is legal these people were caught repeatedly using illegal drugs. I'd rather not have someone addicted to illegal drugs as a workmate when they've been given the opportunity to quit.

Posted by Cumbrian on 10 March 2012 at 15:35

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