Men and women share in the duties of all kinds of industries. From leading court cases as lawyers to rebuilding roads as construction workers, basically no job is out of someone’s reach is he or she wants it. The fact that there is equal opportunity, however, doesn’t mean that men and women face the same challenges in the workplace.
Risk & Insurance reports that safety officials and the construction industry are putting their heads together to help make the field a bit safer for the women within it and the women who might want to work construction in the future. OSHA and the National Association of Women in Construction plan to identify particular risks to women and reduce those dangers.
Currently, about 9 percent of workers in construction are female. The newly-formed women’s safety alliance sees addressing the dangers facing women within the industry as a way to possibly increase women’s presence in the field. By doing so, perhaps more women seeking employment would more comfortably take on the opportunities available in construction.
Work injuries related to construction can come in various forms. There are the more obvious dangers like falling debris and falling from heights. But there are also the risks that more commonly endanger female workers in the field. Ill-fitting safety gear is an example of something that seems easy enough to fix in order to more effectively prevent female workers’ job injuries.
No matter how someone is injured while on the job, either in construction or even a white-collar field, work injuries can keep someone from being able to perform his or her work. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help explain one’s rights to benefits following a work accident.
Source: Risk & Insurance, “Partnership targets women at risk in construction,” Nancy Grover, Oct. 21, 2013