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4 construction injuries women should watch out for

A growing number of women work in the construction field. There are specific injuries and hazards that pose a threat to women of which you should be aware. As the number of women in construction grows, it becomes more important than ever to work cautiously and to be aware of the benefits provided by workers' compensation in the case of an injury. These are four common injuries women could experience on the job.

1. Isolation

Construction accident injuries tend to occur more often when a person doesn't ask for help or feels uncomfortable with other workers. A woman may be the only woman on a construction team or at the site, so that may make her uncomfortable. Mentoring and training given by other workers may favor women or be made more difficult due to gender, depending on the biases of those around the woman. It's important for the employer to guarantee that the woman receives the same training and help that men on the job receive.

2. Repetitive motion injuries

Women face a number of specific problems with repetitive motion injuries in construction. Women have higher rates of sprains and strains in the wrist and forearm than men. For example, if you use a drill repeatedly, the pressure and angle that you must hold it could eventually strain or sprain your wrist or arm due to the weight of the tool. Hammering in nails could strain the arm and wrist, too. There are specialty tools that reduce the risk of injury when repeating common tasks.

3. Lifting injuries

Women tend to weigh less than men and may lift less than others they work with. For your own health and safety, it's important to know your limits and to ask for help when needed. It may take longer to do a job if you have to make two trips, but it's better than trying to carry everything at once and ending up with a back injury.

4. Ergonomic concerns

Men and women have different shapes. Men tend to have a taller, longer figure, while women have a more petite frame. Since women have shorter hands and a lower grip strength in many cases, holding onto tools or machinery can result in injuries over time. Women often require tools in smaller sizes, just as smaller men may require tools of varied sizes.

These are just a few ways that woman could suffer injuries on the job. If you are hurt at work, you may be able to make a workers' compensation claim. This claim provides benefits to you such as medical coverage and payments for your lost wages. If your claim is denied, then you may have a right to appeal that decision with your attorney's help.

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