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With 46% of construction workers’ compensation claims in Queensland due to musculoskeletal injuries, Tradies National Health month is a great time for tradies to focus on what they can do to reduce their risk of injury at work.

Tradies National Health month in August is all about educating tradies to keep a check on their health and wellbeing.

The campaign focuses on health (physical and mental), safety on site and the positive effects that physiotherapy can have on those that work in a labour intensive industry.

Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) CEO Cris Massis is proud that the program will continue to spread the important message of health, well-being and safety within the trade industry.

“From apprentices to seasoned tradies, it is important that they all look after themselves 24/7. Health and wellbeing should be a tradies most important and valued tool.”

“We are so proud that the Australian Physiotherapy Association is able to support tradies. Physiotherapists are always using their skills to care for tradies so we wanted to continue this support beyond the consulting room,” Cris said.

Tradies top tips

Some tips from the APA include:

  • Preventing ankle sprains in the workplace - Wear activity-specific, well-fitting shoes, use sports strapping tape or an ankle brace to provide good ankle joint support.
  • Preventing back pain in the workplace - Prior to any lift, ask yourself if there is an easier way to do this. Could I use a crane, forklift, wheelbarrow or other device to do the hard work for me? For those heavy lifts, asking for help doesn’t make you less of a tradie.
  • Prepare your body by warming up and then doing some stretches BEFORE you lift and carry. Make sure you avoid twisting – turn by using your feet, not your back.
  • Preventing neck pain in the workplace - Recognise when you are tense. You may be hunching your shoulders or clenching your teeth without realising it.

WorkCover Queensland Industry Manager, Construction, Melanie Stojanovic said Tradies National Health month was a good opportunity for all tradespeople to take stock of their work fitness and make sure they were doing all the right things to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.

“While the focus is on for the month of August, it’s important that workers continue their behaviour change for the duration of their career,” she said.

“Our data shows that 46% of claims in 2014-2015 were for musculoskeletal injuries. If we could reduce that by just a few percent, that’s a massive improvement for the industry with less injuries, less time off work, and therefore more productivity.”

Resources

Tradies Health website

Tradies health video - The Block and Reno Rumble favourites Kyal and Kara Demmrich, a carpenter and physiotherapist, share their top tips.

Last updated
29 May 2017