It’s true that the construction industry is a male-dominated industry. Yet, women are increasingly entering the industry every day in spite of the challenges they may face. Fortunately, the industry is evolving as it recognizes the great contributions women make to the field. With growing labor shortages and increased opportunities within the field, women are encouraged to explore the potential opportunities available to them.
However, our Florida construction lawyers know that factors such as diversity, safety, and leadership opportunities are important to women and can greatly influence their decision to enter the field. This two-part article series will discuss these key factors and more. Feel free to skip ahead to part two to learn more.
To appeal to women, workplace diversity is critical. More women will consider construction as a viable livelihood when they see a successful representation of themselves in the industry. With increased focus on diversity, employers will see an increase in their talent pool of skilled workers.
Increase Workplace Safety
Safety in the workplace is not only critical to the company’s success but also to the well-being of women on the job site. Women have specific safety and health needs but all too often, women find themselves dealing with the challenge of getting the protective clothing and gear they need to complete their jobs properly. It’s not uncommon for women to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and other gear that isn’t sized properly. It is, however, against the law to ignore safety standards. The OSHA website is replete with resources that address important safety regulations.
Encourage Participation in Trade Organizations
Construction associations, organizations, and networking groups are vital to construction professionals; many can be found in every state in the U.S. Organizations such as the National Women in Roofing (NWIR) and the National Association of Women in Construction exist to support, educate, mentor, and provide networking opportunities to women in roofing and other areas of construction whether they are entry level or seasoned professionals. It’s important that women interested in and working in the industry have a good support system with like-minded individuals.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.