OSHA aims to reduce hazards facing women in construction

In recent years, the number of women in construction has increased dramatically. From 1985 to 2007, the number of women employed in construction grew by more than 81 percent, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. However, women still make up only 9 percent of the construction workforce in the U.S., according to OSHA.

One thing that may keep some women from entering the field of construction in Massachusetts is the number of safety risks; women actually face quite a few more safety risks than men in this field. 

One problem is that the protective gear that is designed for construction workers is designed with men in mind. Protective gear may not fit women, and it may not adequately protect women from harm.

Women also deal with insufficient sanitation facilities on many jobsites, which can lead to illness and injury. And, women also may be subjected to reproductive hazards on the job.

The National Association of Women in Construction has recently formed an alliance with OSHA to focus on some of these safety concerns, according to a recent report.

Although construction is inherently dangerous to a degree, workers – both men and women – have the right to work in a safe workplace. The law requires all employers to provide working conditions free from known hazards. It is crucial for construction employers to make sure that the hazards that are unique to women are controlled.

Those who are injured on construction sites in the Boston area should not hesitate to contact a construction accident attorney.

Source: Risk & Insurance, “Partnership targets women at risk in construction,” Nancy Grover, Oct. 21, 2013