While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is known for upholding safety regulations among all sorts of industries, it sometimes partners with other organizations to take on specific problems in high-hazard industries. In New York and elsewhere, the construction industry is considered one of the most dangerous, and this is especially true for female workers. In response to this, OSHA has renewed an alliance with the National Association of Women in Construction.
Founded in 1955, NAWIC provides over 4,000 female construction workers nationwide with the resources they need to further their education and professional development. Its alliance with OSHA will continue for five years, during which time they will raise awareness of certain issues. They involve topics like sanitation and the selection of personal protective equipment. They will also tackle the issue of workplace violence, which includes not just physical violence but also harassment and intimidation.
NAWIC aims to help employers and employees recognize as well as prevent hazards that affect female construction workers. At the same time, it will spread the word about annual OSHA campaigns regarding things like fall prevention and heat illness prevention. OSHA stresses the fact that more and more women are joining the construction industry and that innovative solutions will be required to ensure their safety.
Construction site accidents could be the result of an employer’s negligence, an employee’s maliciousness, or the recklessness of a third party such as the manufacturer of a defective tool or scaffold. People who have been injured in one may want to meet with an attorney to see what options they have for seeking compensation.