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10 Safety Tips for Women in Construction — Occupational Health & Safety

10 Safety Tips for Women in Construction

Construction, for the most part, has been a male-dominated industry for decades. Today, women make up nine percent of the total construction force. This may not seem like a lot, However, looking at the trends over the years reveals a growing female presence.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, from 1985 to 2007, the number of women in construction increased by 81.3 percent. As of 2018, there were 1,106,919 women in the construction workforce. With this influx of new employees comes a higher priority for safety in the workplace. This is especially true given the changes Covid-19 has created.

How Safety Has Changed on Construction Sites

Since its establishment in 1970, OSHA has produced safe environments for employees by holding employers accountable to specified guidelines they establish. Yet, as conditions change, there is always more room to improve and maintain a high standard for workplace safety, particularly considering the pandemic.

Preventing the Spread of Covid-19

OSHA’s general duty clause requires employers to “furnish each worker employment and a place of employment, which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” To remain in accordance with this clause, employers have taken great lengths to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including:

  • Increasing ventilation in enclosed spaces
  • Avoiding ride-sharing to job sites
  • Providing paid leave for employees to get vaccinated
  • Staggering arrival and departure times
  • Decreasing crew size on the job site
  • Staggering break times
  • Incorporating PPE if it is not already necessary for the particular job