When Sigrid Haugen steps out of the cab of her Hitachi excavator, she sometimes sees people doing a double-take in surprise. However, Sigrid and her colleague, Mona Seljeset, are among the growing number of women working in the construction industry as misconceptions about gender-specific roles gradually decline.
Sigrid and Mona are two of the 18 employees working for Norwegian contractor Vinsrygg Maskin AS, located in Stryn in the county of Vestland. They operate Hitachi Zaxis-6 medium excavators on groundworks, road and housing construction projects.
Mona has nine years of operating experience and started at Vinsrygg in 2017, following Sigrid who joined the company in 2016.
General Manager of Vinsrygg Maskin AS, Jens Vinsrygg, is proud of his diverse workforce, which also includes a female truck driver. He believes more women will join the industry in future: “The construction sector can be tough, but Mona and Sigrid can handle anything – hopefully they can set an example to others.”
Ghislaine Jonker, PR & Communication Manager for Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV, comments: “We’re delighted that NASTA, our local dealer in Norway, is shining a light on the growing number of women operating Hitachi construction equipment.
“This will hopefully encourage a new generation to follow in their footsteps and help to forge a more inclusive world. It’s important for us to celebrate the achievements of female operators working in the construction industry.”