Tradies National Health Month

Tradies National Health Month
21 August 2018    Samantha Kenaan    0 comments
‘Tradies fix most things, but not always themselves’
So you might be asking yourself, what exactly is Tradies National Health Month and how does it benefit me? Well, in a nutshell The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and Steel Blue have created the month long initiative to help engage and educate tradespeople in the importance of full body health and safety in the workplace.
Did you know that nearly a quarter of all roofers, laborers and plumbers experience back pain, muscle stress and strain from lifting equipment or from slips, trips, and falls when handling materials. As we know, prevention is better than cure; after six months off work, 18 per cent of injured workers sought access to mental health services and after a year off work, 30 per cent of injured workers had sought treatment for mental health.

Back pain is also one of the most common injuries and another focus of the APA initiative, three million Aussies (14% of the population) suffer from lower back pain with the most common back injuries found in males 30 – 32 years old. By taking note of these tips when lifting you might save yourself a nasty injury.

Next time your lifting at work, keep these thoughts top of mind;
  • The speed of your lift, slow it down
  • The distance you carry the object
  • The distance the load is away from your body
  • The number of times you lift
  • The weight shape and size of the load
  • The need to lift below knee height or above shoulder height
So what can you do to get involved? Well it’s simple really, it can be as easy as doing some stretches and warm ups with your mates before the work day starts or chatting to your boss about getting a physiotherapist to come on-site and do a workplace analysis and run through the steps to get your body warmed up for the day ahead. 
Using the website, you can also access case studies, workplace posters and general advice on common workplace issues like sprains, knee injuries, mental health and workplace bullying.
Get involved by heading to the website and reading more information about the initiative and how you can use the resources to ensure you look after you’re most valuable asset – your health.
Photo by Anthony Ginsbrook on Unsplash
Lisa.jpg Bondi-based freelance journalist, blogger & #girlboss, Lisa Clark, has an acute appreciation for travel, fashion and photography. Through this lifestyle, Lisa creates beautiful and inspiring content across her Instagram @iamlisaclark and her blog
When she isn't writing for Skillsroad you can find her at the beach with her dog Levi or working on her Social Media Company We Are The Hunted, shooting (and eating) food for her hospitality clients.


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