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Construction sites need female-specific safety measures in place

Though the media may portray construction workers as male, there are an increasing number of women in Aurora and across the country who are finding successful careers in construction. These women, however, are at risk for incredible injuries because of a lack of female-specific safety measures. Employees have a right to a safe work environment, whether by creating a truly safe environment, or by providing safety equipment, trainings and adopting other protective measures to keep employees safe.

Unfortunately, not all employers take this responsibility seriously, exposing their workers to grave risks. When employees are hurt or fall ill because of some workplace condition, however, they are able to file for workers' compensation benefits. By consulting a lawyer, they can build a strong case for why they need compensation and how the injuries come from a workplace accident.

Not only do a lack of female-specific safety measures put female construction workers at a greater risk of injury than their male counterparts, but they also make it harder for women to find work or remain in construction positions. Fortunately, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is partnering with the National Association of Women in Construction to spread information on creating safe environments for women in construction.

Currently, many construction sites lack protective equipment designed for women. Since they are forced to use men's protective equipment, women may not be adequately protected by the ill-fitting equipment. There are also some concerns that women are exposed to reproductive hazards in some areas of construction.

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

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