Everyone who works at heights, whether on a roof, scaffolding, or edge of a tall building, should have properly fitting safety harnesses. To help address this, Autodesk is funding a grant program with one of the largest construction trade organizations—the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)—to supply select, in-need member contractors with fall protection harnesses sized for women who work at heights.

Ill-fitting PPE can range from uncomfortable to downright dangerous. For example, a fall protection harness that’s too loose may still catch a woman when the scaffolding beneath her collapses. 

“One of the most effective ways to successfully recruit more women into high-paying construction careers is to make sure firms are able to provide safety equipment that makes them even safer,” says Stephen E. Sandherr, the chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America.

The grant program will fund the purchase of approximately 300 fall protection harnesses sized for women. AGC members can apply for the grants until the application window closes on January 10, 2020. Winners will be notified in advance and honored at the AGC’s annual convention, to be held March 9–12, 2020, in Las Vegas. For more, visit www.agc.org.