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158 workers barred from Vogtle after 8,744 drug/alcohol tests in past year

Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:03 AM
Last updated Friday, March 15, 2013 2:04 AM
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Southern Nuclear, which operates two reactors at Plant Vogtle and oversees a huge construction force building two more, barred 158 workers from the site last year after administering 8,724 drug and alcohol screenings.

According to the company’s annual “fitness for duty” report filed with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, workers at Units 1 and 2 had a 55.7 percent likelihood to undergo random tests, while the percentage was 70.2 percent at the upcoming units 3 and 4.

The random tests are in addition to pre-access screenings given to workers before they are cleared to enter the site.

Those pre-access tests yielded most of the positive results.

During 2012, there were 5,440 tests administered to workers at the construction site of units 3 and 4, including 465 Southern Nuclear or Georgia Power Co. staffers and 4,975 contractors or vendors, the report said. Positive results were obtained in 101 of those tests.

At the existing units, 3,284 tests were administered to 1,008 Southern Nuclear or Georgia Power employees and 2,276 contractors or vendors, with positive results obtained 57 times, the report said.

The screenings are designed to detect alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, opiates, PCP and amphetamines, the report said.

Workers who refused to submit to a test were counted among those who failed – and permanently denied access to the site.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/14/13 - 10:12 am
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Welders who do not inhale are difficult
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to find. Ask any major project engineering firm. At least one that does drug testing.

Regina Phalange
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Regina Phalange 03/14/13 - 10:33 am
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Drug testing eliminates the
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Drug testing eliminates the most innocuous drug users. You'll screen out the person who smoked a joint three weeks ago, but hire the person who was out on a three-day meth binge last week. Then the company brags it's "drug free" lol! All drug tests truly do is screen out marijuana users....if you do hard drugs(meth, heroin, pills, X, etc) on Thursday you'll pass a drug test on Monday. Oh, and I guess it's also okay if you're an extreme alcoholic which accounts for billions in lost work productivity.....it's sad that the most innocuous drug that is the least harmful stays in the system for up to a month....

Besides...no one should have to pee in a cup to stock shelves at the damn grocery store or some equally crap low totem pole minimum wage job. You never see management pissing in a cup. The higher the pay grade, the less chance of having to pee for your job. Fact.

icemanw83
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icemanw83 03/14/13 - 10:43 am
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Sounds like someone was fired

Sounds like someone was fired from their job for smoking pot.

elyag0
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elyag0 03/14/13 - 10:57 am
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sound like they need to do more

I know for a fact that many union works have used drugs on the job. The way to stop it all is a hair follicle test. That way you can't do pills meth or any thing else. It will tell on you quick. And yea that means bosses too. They about the worst for doing the drugs on the job. High pay money to spend on what ever.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 03/14/13 - 11:06 am
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So let me get this straight.
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So let me get this straight. People who oppose drug testing of welfare recipients often cite Florida, saying that so few fail the test that it is not needed. Well...2% failed in FL, but 1.8% failed at Vogtle. So I guess it isn't needed there either.

http://www2.tbo.com/news/politics/2011/aug/24/3/welfare-drug-testing-yie...

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/14/13 - 11:55 am
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I would agree with the

I would agree with the general sentiment of poster #1 about the logic of the testing. If there is a better way, then use it, and test EVERYONE.

Regina Phalange
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Regina Phalange 03/14/13 - 04:43 pm
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"but 1.8% failed at Vogtle.
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"but 1.8% failed at Vogtle. So I guess it isn't needed there either."

Nope it's not. As long as your workers show up, do their jobs, and never cause you any issues what they do off the clock is their own business.

If you want me to stay drug free 24/7 just to work a crap job then I want to be on the clock all the time and paid for it if my life outside of work is that important to an employer.

Btw, I have never failed a test. I have a job and receive no government assistance Iceman ;-)

Regina Phalange
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Regina Phalange 03/14/13 - 04:58 pm
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"I would agree with the
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"I would agree with the general sentiment of poster #1 about the logic of the testing. If there is a better way, then use it, and test EVERYONE."

There is but unless you're a big corporation with oodles of money to spend the hair follicle tests are too expensive. That's why most places are still just doing the standard pee in a cup drug test.

onebadcatdog
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onebadcatdog 03/14/13 - 05:08 pm
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all you need is detox

all you need is detox shampoo. or you can get clean pee. both for about $40.

burninater
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burninater 03/14/13 - 05:42 pm
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Well...2% failed in FL, but

Well...2% failed in FL, but 1.8% failed at Vogtle. So I guess it isn't needed there either.
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Relative risk, HA. People are more willing to bear the costs of the meltdown of a mentally ill welfare recipient sitting in their Barcalounger than the meltdown of a nuclear reactor.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 03/14/13 - 09:04 pm
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Dope
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The drug screen tests are not infallible, but we do have to have them. We have a lot of other methods of watching for dope heads on the job too. Too bad in today’s economy a drug addict will refuse a $100,000 job to snort something a poison pusher will brew up in a toilet bowl. But, that is why we have to pay so much to get decent workers; even then, we have to do a lot of training just to get them up to minimum standards of education in reading and math skills.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/15/13 - 07:28 am
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How about testing all of

How about testing all of Southern Co's executives and lobbyists as they wine and dine the PSC and State Representatives?

myfather15
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myfather15 03/15/13 - 07:44 am
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How about stop whining and

How about stop whining and clean your own house before worrying about others? Heres a revelation; this is a free Country. If someone doesn't want a drug abuser working for them, TEST THEM. If they fail, FIRE THEM. If YOU want to work for this company, don't use drugs. If you want to use drugs, don't apply for this company!! If I were operating a company, I wouldn't want alcoholics working for me either.

"How about testing all of Southern Co's executives and lobbyists as they wine and dine the PSC and State Representatives?"

No, how about instead of complaining about them; you start your own company? You can call it "High times electric" and hire anyone you desire; including drug and alcohol abusers. Good luck with being successful and getting your employees to show up on time, regularly.

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nocnoc 03/15/13 - 07:52 am
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Before a weld is made it goes

Before a weld is made it goes through about 100 pre-safety steps.
After it is made all it takes is 1 mistake by an welder or a weld inspector to cause serious safety issues for millions down wind.

What somebody does the night before many time carries over in to the next morning and part of the day.

That is what we call a Hang Over.
Remember? Ever have one?

With a hangover the work day is shot, and everything is a problem to get through and survive.

So yes, what these people do at home, or at a bar the night before is relevant to the work that must be 100% PREFECT every time.

Come to think of it.
Hang overs might also explain why so many breakfast orders get screwed up at Mickey D's.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/15/13 - 08:00 am
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Did I say anything against

Did I say anything against testing at Vogtle? Please read a post carefully before launching into a rant about a comment and commmentor. My suggestion was in favor of testing all of the employees of Southern Co. not just contractors and construction workers. Are lobbyists and executives above the law and rules? The old goose and gander thing.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/15/13 - 08:42 am
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Hearst, DuPont, and Anslinger-The original boy band lyrics

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.“…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.” Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.“Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 03/15/13 - 05:38 pm
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These folks dont care about a

These folks dont care about a good paying skilled job? Ill sure sign up after 2 months trying to get back to work.

PassingOnBy
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PassingOnBy 03/15/13 - 11:45 pm
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As someone said...

There is a huge difference between a TANF recipient that *might* receive $4K a year at most for her kids and an allegedly highly-skilled engineer that could blow up half the CSRA and make anyone left glowing zombies if he or she screws up.

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