Tradies, stay healthy

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

AU­GUST is Tradies Na­tional Health Month.

It’s an im­por­tant ini­tia­tive that aims to raise aware­ness of work­place safety.

Ac­cord­ing to Safe Work Aus­tralia, tradies make up a third of the work­force yet rep­re­sent 58 per cent of se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents na­tion­ally – many of which are pre­ventable.

Tradies are of­ten re­quired to do repet­i­tive phys­i­cal tasks in­clud­ing lift­ing and han­dling large equip­ment and ob­jects that can place work­ers at par­tic­u­lar risk of back and neck in­juries.

These types of in­juries can have long-last­ing im­pacts on in­di­vid­u­als, their fam­i­lies and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, which is why proper train­ing and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ad­e­quate safety pro­ce­dures is key to pro­tect­ing peo­ple at work.

I urge tradies to look af­ter them­selves and oth­ers on the job this month and be­yond to help en­sure ev­ery­one gets home safely at the end of the work day.

— An­drew McKen­zie Mau­rice Black­burn

Lawyers Ma­roochy­dore

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