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Keywords:

  • health and safety;
  • construction;
  • women;
  • qualitative methods

Abstract

Qualitative research methods were used to determine the health and safety concerns of women employed in the construction trades. Major categories of concern were identified, including: 1) exposure to chemical and physical agents; 2) injuries from lifting/bending/twisting, falling, and lacerations; 3) lack of proper education and training; and 4) the health and safety risks related specifically to tradeswomen. Many of the issues identified by the workers are amenable to change through either engineering, behavioral, or administrative interventions. (This article is a US Government work and, as such, is in the public domain in the United States of America.) © 1996 Wiley-Liss, Inc.