Every single tradie – put your hands up (and stretch)

Where would we be without Tradies? When we need something built, demolished, removed or improved, they provide the brains and muscle to get it done. They’re our backbone – so we need to help them look after theirs.

Luke Barden, Gold Coast Organiser of the Queensland Plumbers Union - walking the talk on tradie health and safety.

Luke Barden, Gold Coast Organiser of the Queensland Plumbers Union – walking the talk on tradie health and safety. PHOTO: Supplied

It’s no secret that Tradies are at a heightened risk of suffering injuries as a result of their repetitive and demanding physical work. A staggering 42% of construction workers commonly suffer from back, nerve and chronic pain injuries according to Worksafe Queensland.


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Sadly, I’ve lost count of the number of tradies I’ve helped who’ve been injured on a worksite. All too often, their stories are the same.

They’re the loyal work-mate who gets the job done and doesn’t want to let anyone down, so they push through the pain and injure themselves.

They’re battling financially and the stress is putting a strain on their relationship.  Loved ones tell me “he’s a different man after his injury”.

Kids question why their handy parent can’t suddenly fix their bike or kick the footy with them anymore.

They’ve been told to toughen up or snap out of it, the reality is they would love nothing more than to get back to work. They never thought this would happen to them.

For me, the most concerning thing is that most workplace injuries can easily be prevented.

Philippa Gilbert CEO of PhysioMax supporting National Tradie Health Month

Philippa Gilbert CEO of PhysioMax supporting National Tradie Health Month PHOTO: Supplied

It’s an issue very close to my heart because I’m a Tradie’s lady myself – a proud one at that. It warms my heart to see my kids light up when they hear their Dad’s ute pull up and leap into his arms after a long day’s work. It’s those priceless moments that I hope remind my Tradie, and yours, to put their health and wellbeing first.

Tradies National Health Month is a valuable reminder to look after yourself and others in the workplace not just throughout August, but for your entire working life so you are returning safely to those you love each and every day.

For more information on the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s (APA) Tradies National Health month, visit www.tradieshealth.com.au