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Women in construction: occupational health and working conditions.

Authors
Welch-LS; Goldenhar-LM; Hunting-KL
Source
J Am Med Women's Assoc 2000 Apr-Jun; 55(2):89-92
NIOSHTIC No.
20020854
Abstract
Construction is one of the largest industries in the United States, employing 7.6 million workers, or about 5% of the US work force. More women have taken jobs in the construction industry over the last two decades, as they have in other nontraditional industries. In 1997, there were 8.1 million construction workers, of whom 781,000 (9%) were women. Approximately 2% of those were employed as skilled tradeswomen. There is no disputing that construction work is dangerous. Seventeen percent of all fatal on-the-job injuries occur in construction, which is about three times its 6% share of total employment. In this paper, we review the medical literature on the safety and health hazards for women working in the construction industry. Women have a different pattern of fatal injuries and some differences in patterns of nonfatal injuries than men and report unique problems and concerns related to working in this industry.
Keywords
Demographic-characteristics; Sex-factors; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Workers; Work-environment; Occupational-health; Health-hazards; Traumatic-injuries; Injuries; Safety-monitoring; Women
Publication Date
20000401
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
2937066
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-306169
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0098-8421
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Journal of the American Medical Women's Association
State
DC; OH
Performing Organization
Center to Protect Workers' Rights, Washington, DC
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