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Construction workers' accidents: The threat to female workers

While construction is a male-dominated industry in Pennsylvania, women nationwide have been involved in it for decades. Even though women represent what may seem like an insignificant percentage of construction workers, they are entitled to the same protection from construction workers' accidents. To promote this, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) renewed its alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

NAWIC has been looking after the safety of female construction workers since 1955, making sure that this growing segment of the workers in the construction industry is safe. There are particular concerns of women safety on which the organization focuses. These include the selection of personal protective equipment that is suitable for the female physique along with sanitation issues. Furthermore, they address workplace violence and intimidation.

Certain health and safety issues are unique to women in construction, and NAWIC aims to identify those hazards and then promote innovative remedies to ensure measures are available to protect female construction workers. The alliance with OSHA will share information on its safety campaigns related to all programs to protect workers in the construction injury overall. According to NAWIC, over 4,000 women are working in the construction industry.

Victims of construction workers' accidents in Pennsylvania may seek financial assistance through the workers' compensation insurance program for the state. Although the claims process may be daunting, an experienced workers' compensation attorney can help. With a lawyer's support and guidance, compensation for medical expenses may be obtained along with a percentage of lost wages for those whose injuries prevented them from returning to work for extended periods.

Source: safetyonline.com, "OSHA And The National Association Of Women In Construction Renew Alliance To Protect Safety And Health Of Female Construction Workers", Accessed on Dec. 29, 2017

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