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AGC Backs Grant for Women's Harnesses

Monday, November 18, 2019

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Construction technology provider Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America announced last week that they are teaming up to fund a grant program to supply select, in-need member contractors with fall protection harnesses size for women.

“According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, falls are the leading cause of private sector worker fatalities in the construction industry,” AGC noted in its press release.

“Everyone who works at heights, whether it’s on a roof, scaffolding, or the edge of a tall building, should have properly fitting safety harnesses, yet not all contractors have the supply they need to better protect women in construction.”

The AGC argues that women—who currently represent approximately 10% of the overall construction labor force, with even lower representation in trades positions—are one of the largest demographics to fill the potential gap in skilled labor (about 80% of construction firms report having a hard time filling the hourly craft positions). However, jobsites need to recognize and meet the needs of a gender-diverse workforce, including properly sized and comfortable PPE.

“The construction industry agrees safety must be everyone’s priority, but we also need to recognize when safety needs aren’t being met for some workers,” said Allison Scott, head of construction thought leadership at Autodesk.

“Technology is improving jobsite safety, but it’s not a silver bullet. Construction is—and will continue to be—a people-driven business. The industry needs more people, and women must feel safe and welcome on jobsites if we want them to choose a career in construction. Ultimately, when we address safety for women, we improve safety for everyone.”

The grant program will fund the purchase of approximately 300 fall protection harnesses sized for women. AGC members can apply for the grants until Jan. 10, 2020. Winners will be notified in advance and honored at the AGC’s annual convention, to be held March 9-12, 2020 in Las Vegas.

   

Tagged categories: Associated General Contractors (AGC); Fall protection; Health & Safety; Health and safety; NA; North America; Safety

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