Female construction workers face a lot of completely avoidable and unnecessary risks on jobsites here in Pennsylvania. Most construction tools, training, gear and safety protocols are designed for the use of men only. Most safety equipment is even designed and manufactured for use by male construction workers only, meaning that the equipment may not properly fit or sufficiently protect females on the job.
These issues make it very difficult for women to enter and remain in the construction industry, and they also make it dangerous for women who are currently working in the field.
As a result of these and other concerns, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration is now working with the National Association of Women in Construction in order to come up with some safety solutions. OSHA has already launched a web page specific to women and the unique safety hazards they face on construction sites. Hopefully, this partnership will produce results.
In the meantime, it is important for both women and men who work in construction to be aware of their rights. When someone is injured on the job in Pennsylvania, he or she has the right to access workers' compensation benefits.
These benefits help injured workers pay their medical bills and other expenses while they are off the job recovering. Unfortunately, it is often harder than it needs to be to obtain benefits. Following any workplace injury, it can be helpful to talk to a workers' compensation attorney about receiving the benefits that you deserve.
Source: Risk & Insurance magazine’s Workers’ Comp Forum, “Partnership targets women at risk in construction,” Nancy Grover, Oct. 21, 2013