We were shocked to see some photos of Cambodia’s female construction workers in the news this week. Over the past two decades, Cambodia has been the sixth fastest growing company in the world, and has set a target of attracting 8 million tourists by 2020, up from 5 million last year. A construction boom is transforming the developing South-East Asian nation.
Cambodia’s construction industry is booming, and high-rises are being built across the capital of Phnom Penh. With the city’s population doubling over the past four years, it has begun its transformation. The industry employs a large number of migrant workers and around a third of the workers are women, the majority of these women prefer construction work to working in factories or hotels as they get paid weekly on a construction site. Also they can work with their husbands and children in the construction industry. One woman said:
''Together with my husband I build elevator shafts. Our manager consistently sends us from one location to the other. Sometimes we stay at a project for one month, sometimes for two or three’’
You can click here to read more stories from the women working on the construction sites.
The sites however can often be dangerous and female workers can receive lower wages than the men. The women are extremely hard working and all resilient to the risks they face. The workers work their way up a maze of scaffolding without a harness or helmet building huge high-rises! Every day they put themselves in danger to earn money for their family.
Most of us in the UK are familiar with the Health and Safety precautions we have to take in the workplace and for most of us health and safety is seen as a priority. We have created a range of clothing specifically for the construction industry that will help you find the right working gear for your job!
I am sure by just a quick glance of the photos below you are able to spot the hazards straight away!
- No head protection
- No protection for their feet
- No protection for their hands
- Their eyes are exposed
- No proper ear protection
We have identified some of the risks these women are facing by not wearing proper protection - it is important you identify the hazards and have the right equipment to protect yourself on a construction site - that's where we can help!!
Protect your head
Head Protection is necessary on almost all construction sites, in environments where there is a risk of injury from dangers such as falling objects, debris or electric shocks, a hard hat is required for protection. Hard hats reduces the impact on the head in the event of an accident. Head protection should be in good condition, if it’s damaged you should throw it away, fit your head properly and not stop you wearing hearing protectors as well. There is always a risk of a head injury on a construction site – for example objects falling or being thrown from height, an unprotected end of a scaffold pole, projections not being capped e.g. studs or insufficient room on a scaffold. Browse our range of hats to keep you safe on site!
Protect your feet
It is important you protect your feet properly, construction workers are expected to wear protective footwear whilst on site doing heavy work so flip flops are definitely not appropriate to wear. Some of the risks are falling objects and rolling equipment can cause toe crushing, pointed objects can puncture arches, slipping on floors or uneven surfaces cause all sorts of injuries to the body, hot floors can cause burns, cracks and blisters and there are lots more. Make sure you protect your feet. Browse our range of protective footwear
Protect your hands
Your hands are used everywhere you go, and are crucial to most of the work you do every day so it is important to protect them. There are many ways they could be injured some include cutting your hand with a sharp tool, dropping a heavy load on hands can crush them or you could hammer your thumb. Workers should wear the right gloves for the job and they should fit snugly. These are just a few so it is important that you wear the proper type of gloves that will protect your hands in the workplace. Browse our range of safety gloves
Protect your eyes
Eye injuries in the workplace are very common. Some of the risks can include chemicals or objects in the eye, cuts or scrapes on the cornea. Other common eye injuries come from splashes with grease and oil, burns from steam, ultraviolet or infrared radiation exposure, and flying wood or metal chips. Safety glasses or face shields should be worn any time work operations can cause objects to get in the eye. For example, during welding, cutting, grinding, nailing or when working with concrete or harmful chemicals. Browse our range of eye protection
Protect your ears
It is important you protect your ears to avoid hearing risks so using ear protection when working in high noise work areas where chainsaws or heavy equipment are used. Hearing loss, caused by exposure to loud noises, is a growing problem despite government regulation and employee training construction sites are noisy places. Trucks, jackhammers, earth movers - loud stuff. So, one thing construction companies can do is provide their susceptible workers with appropriate ear protection. Browse our range of ear protection
Some key figures for Great Britain 2015/2016:
621,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
30.4 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
source: www.hse.gov.uk - statistics
You see construction workers everywhere wearing hard hats, safety-orange vests, steel-toed boots, protective eye wear - these are the men and women who build our homes and offices, build and repair our roads, and raise skyscrapers to inspiring heights so health and safety should be a priority!
To find out more about Health and Safety click here to the official site - you will be able to keep up to date with all the health and safety regulations in Great Britain for the workplace. You can find all the clothing and safety gear right here!