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Women in construction: occupational health and working conditions.
Welch LS; Goldenhar LM; Hunting KL
J Am Med Women's Assoc 2000 Apr-Jun; 55(2):89-92
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.
Demographic characteristics; Sex factors; Construction industry; Construction workers; Workers; Work environment; Occupational health; Health hazards; Traumatic injuries; Injuries; Safety monitoring; Women
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Issue of Publication
Journal of the American Medical Women's Association
Center to Protect Workers' Rights, Washington, DC
Page last reviewed: April 9, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division