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Titolo:
CAN SAFETY RISKS OF BLUE-COLLAR JOBS BE COMPARED BY GENDER
Autore:
MESSING K; COURVILLE J; BOUCHER M; DUMAIS L; SEIFERT AM;
Indirizzi:
UNIV QUEBEC,CTR ETUD INTERACT BIOL ENTRE SANTE & ENVIRONM,CP 8888 MONTREAL PQ H3C 3P8 CANADA
Titolo Testata:
Safety science
fascicolo: 2, volume: 18, anno: 1994,
pagine: 95 - 112
SICI:
0925-7535(1994)18:2<95:CSROBJ>2.0.ZU;2-4
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Science Citation Index Expanded
Citazioni:
NO
Recensione:
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Citazione:
K. Messing et al., "CAN SAFETY RISKS OF BLUE-COLLAR JOBS BE COMPARED BY GENDER", Safety science, 18(2), 1994, pp. 95-112

Abstract

Studies of accident rates use denominators which vary in their precision and detail. These imprecisions may impact differentially on accident rates of men and women, given their distribution across the labour market. Difficulties in making male/female comparisons were illustrated by a study of accidents and health symptoms among blue collar workers. We examined occupational health claims presented to the Quebec Occupational Health and Safety Commission by male and female municipal workers in 1989-1990, and interviewed 55 male and 58 female workers, asking questions on health symptoms and difficulties experienced on the job. No increase in accidents was found among permanent women workers compared with their male equivalents, and precipitating events and sitesof injury were similar. However, the statistics were not strictly comparable. Four factors complexified the male-female comparisons of accident rates: (1) gender differences in hours worked, (2) gendered task assignments within industrial classifications, occupations and job titles, (3) gender differences in age/seniority, and (4) gender differences in the interaction between equipment and tool dimensions and work activity. Women were less senior, worked fewer hours and were assigned to a small minority of job titles. Interviews revealed a gendered division of labour within many supposedly integrated jobs, and use of different methods to do the same tasks. Men and women reported different musculoskeletal symptom profiles, which could be attributed to differences in tasks, biology or work methods. In view of these results, we suggest that comparing male and female accident rates be done with extreme prudence, taking into account women's and men's specific situationsin the workplace.

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