He doesn’t think increased marijuana use on the job site will lead to safety issues
Ray says that weed causes well-known short-term memory issues - but not actual safety hazards.
April 20, 2018 by canadiancontractor
A comment about Steve Payne’s article last week about weed on the job site.
We think this one is a bit tongue in cheek.
I find it hard to believe weed will make a jobsite more dangerous. I do not think it would increase the probability of a worker falling off a ladder. It will definitely cause the worker to forget why they climbed up the ladder, and then when they get down they will remember and they will climb back up, over and over, because their memory is shot.
I do not think it will increase the chance of a worker getting run over by a tractor. But the worker on the tractor may drive back and forth because their mind is a complete fog. But not a fog that makes them unaware of their surroundings, not a fog that makes them want to put their hand in an auger.
Legalizing weed will reduce production, I buy that without a doubt. Some bosses who do not understand how weed affects short term memory may not implement a strict anti-weed policy, and within these companies production may decrease, but danger will not increase.
If there was an argument to even be made that it increases danger, it would be because if a job takes six hours high instead of four hours, then the workers are on the job for 1.5 times the amount of hours, and taking more steps, so more opportunities for trip and fall accidents. There is your only argument for increased danger.