August is Tradies National Health Month and we’d like to give a big shout-out to all the tradies who work so hard building the houses that become our client’s new family homes.
When you think of all the industries they work in, you realise how important tradies are to the economy and to our Australian way of life - without tradies this country would stop!
Tradies National Health Month is an annual campaign designed to raise awareness of the health risks tradies face everyday when they front up to work.
Despite all the great work being done in workplace health and safety, the physical nature of what tradies do still takes a huge physical toll on the body. Aside from trauma injuries caused by accidents, tradies have an elevated risk of strain injuries, stress fractures and general wear and tear on the body, that can lead to serious disability if not properly treated.
According to Safe Work Australia, 31 per cent of the Australian workforce are employed in trades, yet this sector makes up 58 per cent in serious claims for worker’s compensation.
During Tradies National Health Month, tradies around the country are being encouraged to take a moment to think about their health. Seeing a physio about those little pains and niggles is important preventative care, as is maintaining a healthy diet and getting regular exercise.
So during this month we’re urging all tradies to look after themselves. They’re the backbone of this country and our businesses, they deserve to enjoy their work, free from pain, injury and ill health.
We probably don’t say it enough, but we’d like to take a moment to send a big THANK YOU to all the tradies who work with and for G.J. Gardner Homes – we couldn’t do it without you!