Jackie Robertson, physiotherapist checks out carpenter Will Todd on the job.
Jackie Robertson, physiotherapist checks out carpenter Will Todd on the job. Nev Madsen

Tough tradies get a health warning

DAILY physical labour doesn't necessarily equate to fitness - a point many tradies may be unaware of, according to Toowoomba health professionals.

August is Tradies National Health Month and locally Willows Professional Health Suites has jumped on board the national campaign to help workers sustain an active life until retirement.

Willows Health Centre owner Troy Morgan said many tradies had a "she'll be right mate" attitude when it came to their own health and well-being.

"We need to change that culture," he said.

"Australians born after 1965 will have to work until they are 70 and for some, that is not a problem, but for many tradies who need to maintain a high level of physical fitness, this can be quite a challenge. We are helping raise awareness to help tradies stay healthy for life."

Willows physiotherapist Jackie Robertson said one-in-five workplace injuries were sustained by tradies.

"Many labourers equate movement with being fit. But there are huge imbalances. Their physical work is not enough to prevent injury and keep them healthy.

"Most workers don't do anything until an injury happens. We're about helping to prevent the injury and keep them ahead of the risks," she said.

As part of the campaign launched by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Willows will hold a special Tradies Health Day on Thursday, August 21.

For more information visit the Willows Professional Health Suites, 55 - 57 Kitchener St, Toowoomba, or go to www.willowshealth.com.au.

SCARY STATS FOR TRADIES

  • One-in-five workplace injuries are sustained by tradies
  • A recent study by Work Health Victoria found 33% of males working in the construction industry were more likely to have high blood pressure and 45% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.
  • Also, body stressing accounted for 34% of all work related injury claims, with muscular stress, while handling a range of materials and equipment, being the major cause.


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