10 safety tips for women in construction

The construction industry has been largely male-dominated for decades. Today women make up nine percent of the total construction workforce. This may not seem like much, but a look at trends over the years shows a growing female presence. According to the US Department of Labor, the number of women in construction rose 81.3 percent from 1985 to 2007. In 2018, 1,106,919 women were employed in the construction industry. With this influx of new employees, workplace safety has become a higher priority. This is especially true given the changes that Covid-19 has created.

How safety has changed on construction sites

Since its inception in 1970, OSHA has created safe environments for its employees by holding employers accountable for policies they set. However, with conditions changing, there is more and more room to improve and maintain high standards of occupational safety, especially in the face of the pandemic.

Preventing the spread of Covid-19

OSHA’s general mandatory clause requires employers to “provide every worker with employment and a job that is free from recognized hazards that cause or may cause death or serious physical harm”. To stay in compliance with this clause, employers have gone to great lengths to prevent the spread of Covid-19 including:

• Increased ventilation in closed rooms

• Avoidance of car rides to construction sites

• Grant paid leave to employees to get vaccinated

• Amazing arrival and departure times

• Reducing the number of crews on the construction site

• Breathtaking break times

• Incorporation of PPE, if this is not already required for the respective activity