Tasmanian tradies need to look after the most valuable part of their toolkit – their health!
Tradies National Health Month raises awareness of the health and injury risks affecting those who work in trade occupations-among tradies themselves, their families, employers and the wider community.
With statistics showing almost 3 in 5 serious workplace injuries involve a tradie-despite making up only 35 per cent of the workforce-tradies’ health must be everyone’s priority.
It comes as Aussie tradies continue to have some of the poorest health and injury outcomes compared to other workers.
According to the latest Safe Work Australia statistics*, our tradies make up less than one third (30 per cent) of the Australian workforce yet account for almost three in five (58 per cent) serious workplace injuries.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) campaign aims to engage and empower tradies to maintain their health and wellbeing, and seek preventive treatment before small ‘niggles’ become more serious chronic injuries.
Most tradies assume a few aches and pains are part and parcel of their demanding physical work, but few seek regular preventive health checks which can significantly reduce common musculoskeletal conditions, including muscle/tendon injuries, knee, shoulder and back pain.
Help us spread the message and keep Aussie tradies healthy.
*Safe Work Australia 2015-16 National Data Set for Compensation-based Statistics