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by Nick Drew  |  Fri 06 Nov 2020

#Womeninconstruction: Roxanne Rocks the Hitachi

In the light of some recent events on our Facebook group, which I won’t go into detail about, I want to continue the work of promoting women in construction and the opportunities that are available for them in our industry.

#Womeninconstruction: Roxanne Rocks the Hitachi

As a nation the UK has a lot of catching up to do with the rest of the world, in terms of encouraging and accepting women into what has historically been a male dominated industry. In countries like Sweden, Finland, Australia, Canada and the United States of America, women are treated totally different and are warmly welcomed into the construction and plant operator sectors.

It really is something I want to see more of in the UK and some of our leading national plant hirers like Flannery Plant and L Lynch are leading the way in trying to attract more females into the game.

We do have some leading female trailblazers here in the UK including Lana Edwards, Pamela Evans aka the Digger Lady, Amy Underwood (featured on this blog some weeks ago) and not forgetting Aimee Pooley to name a few.

Australia seems like another hotbed for female plant operators, readers may recall we featured Scottish girl Mo Duncan aka @theweelassieoperator on Instagram, who has carved a good career as an operator since moving Down Under.

The big mines have an abundance of female heavy plant operators too. Another young woman who I discovered on You Tube is Roxanne Donohue who operates for Axle’s Earthmoving & Civil Engineering Contractors who are based on the glorious Gold Coast. The company is a long-time Hitachi customer and Roxanne operates one of them for the company.


Check out this video from Hitachi to find out more about her, the work she does for the company and why she feels more women should be coming into the industry as a career move.  

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