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Just wanted to say that Mark, Michael and Stuart from FMI and Trevor from PWC did an excellent job engaging the classroom in discussion each day, and had a great program format for teaching. The information they brought forward was extremely useful now as I'm sure it will be throughout my career. This was only my 2nd IMPACT course that I have attended, I would like to commend IMPACT on organizing these events for Ironworkers and contractors alike, IMPACT always put on an amazing program, and does a very good job at making these events comfortable and welcoming to attend. I plan to attend more IMPACT events as the information is always very useful and IMPACT does a great job of finding the right instructors for the occasion. I would like to thank everyone at IMPACT for the work they do to set these events up and providing the opportunity to attend these courses.

Regards,

Jacob Wicks
Chief Estimator
JCT Metals Inc.

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Construction industry builds safeguards against opioids

03/12/2018

When you work long days on your feet, with your hands, putting your back into it, as it were, chances are you’ll come home with more than a paycheck. You’ll also likely pick up some aches and pains.

As a worker in the construction industry, if you’ve gone to a doctor in the past 20 years — especially before the last 10 years — more often than other industries, you were written a prescription for a painkiller, said Kevin Gregerson, program administrator for the Union Construction Workers’ Compensation Program in Bloomington.

“What makes construction workers so vulnerable to opiate addiction is how dangerous and strenuous the job is, said Jill Manzo of the Midwest Economic Policy Institute, a research institution that evaluates working and fiscal conditions, industries, labor standards, and public policy in the region.

“In the construction industry, there’s a lot of chronic wear and tear on the body,” Manzo said. “Often, doctors will prescribe opioid drugs rather than physical therapy for their patients.”

Facts and Factors

An estimated 15 percent of construction workers have a substance abuse disorder, compared to the national average of 8.6 percent. A big reason, according the MEPI, is the injury rate for construction workers is 77 percent higher than the national average for other occupations. That’s a lot of pain that needs constant management.

It is a problem the unions have recognized since at least 2000, Gregerson said. It was then that unions and other labor organizations began investigating the plethora of opioid prescriptions being written to their members. This, he said, came on the heels of a 1995 report from Liberty Mutual Insurance noting the high number of opioid prescriptions written for workers compensation claims.

The over-prescription of opioids has become a crisis. While the rest of the world is waking up to that fact today, with everyone from President Trump to Gov. Mark Dayton looking for action to help curb the crisis, the construction industry has been taking steps to curb opioid addiction since 2009.

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