The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is known for its regulations and guidelines on workplace safety. Through the OSHA Alliance Program, it partners with other organizations at the national level to focus on specific issues and provide greater access to safety tools and information. One such issue, which many workers in Pennsylvania may be aware of, is how to address the hazards that face women in the construction industry.
In this industry, women represent a small but growing segment of the workforce. In response to the various safety concerns that women have brought up, OSHA has renewed a five-year alliance plan with the National Association of Women in Construction. NAWIC was founded in 1955 to provide female construction workers with educational and professional development opportunities.
The alliance will concentrate on several problems: the lack of personal protective equipment designed for women, sanitation standards that are inadequate or not enforced, and cases of violence and intimidation in the workplace. Together, the two organizations will work to provide innovative solutions that meet the unique needs of female workers. NAWIC will provide its network with information on recognizing and preventing safety hazards while also promoting OSHA campaigns, which cover topics like fall prevention and heat illness prevention.
Even when all safety precautions are taken, workplace injuries will unfortunately continue to happen. Most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage, and people who are injured on the job can file a claim for benefits that can include the payment of medical expenses. An attorney can often be of assistance in helping to ensure that the claim is filed within the required time period.