Interesting Article

I read an interesting article in the Courier Mail a couple of weeks ago about “Tradies” and the need to work on their health care.

I thought I should share some of the points with you.

“Tradies are being so effected by preventable injuries, it has fuelled calls for the “industrial athletes” to step up and better protect their health and livelihood”

I thought this was an interesting observation, finally we are starting to realise that injuries are PREVENTABLE.

The article goes on:

“while tradies make up just 30% of Australia’s workforce, they have 60% of workplace injuries, safe Work Australia figures show”

This is not a % that is something to be proud of! The article goes on to say the Australian Physiotherapy Association National chair of Occupational health group urged tradies to not “Take risks at work and seek help for injuries without delay”

“They can be injured when they don’t respect their limits and try to do too much. They have a lot of pressure on them to meet productivity demands and they’ll often take risks or push themselves.”

As we said, I found this article interesting, not probably due to unknown facts, but it is stating what we know already. The injuries are high due to the work ethics we put our tradies in, and this is not mentioning the suicide rates within the group.

The article finishes off with stating that “tradies mostly have injuries to their lower back, neck, shoulder and knees. Injured tradies lose about 5 to 6 weeks from work each year. Tradies also have 29% more upper limb injuries than people in other occupations”

They say that “knowledge is a powerful tool”, so my question is we know the facts, why do we accept that this is how it is?

Worth considering what we can do about this unacceptable trend.


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