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Women working in construction: risks and rewards.

Authors
Goldenhar-LM; Welch-LS; Hunting-KL
Source
Safe Workplace 2000 Aug-Sep; :1-2
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20021236
Abstract
Women currently make up almost half of the U.S. work force and increasingly are moving into occupations, such as the construction trades, once held exclusively by men. In 1997, there were 8.1 million construction workers, of which 2% were skilled tradeswomen. Construction is a dangerous industry: 17% of all fatal on-the-job injuries occur in construction, which also has a high rate of nonfatal injuries. While both men and women working in construction face many of the same risks, there are some unique issues that are of greater concern to women. The average fatality rate of 1.80 per 100,000 female construction workers was more than twice the all-industry average for women workers. Tradeswomen are more likely than their male counterparts to die in job-related motor vehicle accidents or from job-related homicide and less likely to die from falls. Of women killed by motor vehicles, 30% worked as so-called flaggers.
Keywords
Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Demographic-characteristics; Sex-factors; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Motor-vehicles; Accident-analysis; Accident-rates; Accident-statistics; Accidents; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Back-injuries
Publication Date
20000801
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
1078-3512
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Safe Workplace
State
OH
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