Every day in Australia 10 tradies are badly injured at work, and nearly all roofers, plumbers and labourers experience some form of back pain, muscle strain and sprain from their trade. Mental health is also a significant issue with around 18% of injured workers having to seek mental health services after being off work for more than six months.
Check out the 6 health tips below to ensure you are taking care of your body and staying safe on the worksite:
Physical Health Tip #1: Don’t ignore the pain, see a physio
If you do become injured, your physiotherapist will work with you to provide a course of exercises and recovery advice to get you back on your feet and lessen the chance for repeat injuries.
Physical Health Tip #2: Make exercise part of your daily lifestyle
Regular exercise reduces stress, promotes better sleep behaviour, increases energy and is great for your heart.
Physical Health Tip #3: 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.
Physical Health Tip #4: Preventing knee injuries in the workplace
Practice standing on one leg to improve your balance and leg muscle strength. Make sure you warm up and cool down after exercise with gentle stretches.
Physical Health Tip #5: Preventing back pain in the workplace
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.
Physical Health Tip #6: Preventing neck pain in the workplace
Recognise when you are tense. You may be hunching your shoulders or clenching your teeth without realising it.
So whether you are an apprentice or a seasoned tradie, look after yourself and watch each other’s back. Get on board with National Tradies Health Month!
For more information, visit tradieshealth.com.au