August is Tradies National Health Month. The aim is to raise awareness of the risks posed to those who work in trade occupations—among individuals, their families, employers and the wider community.
While we’ve seen improvements, Australia’s trade industry continues to have among the highest health and safety issues of any sector. Time off work due to poor health and injury has a significant impact on families, businesses, communities, the health system and the economy. This impact will grow if we don’t take steps to change behaviour.
Trades make up almost one-third (30%) of Australia’s workforce but represent over half (58%) of serious claims for workers’ compensation.
To mark the start of Tradies Health Month, Safe Work Australia has released a new infographic with data and statistics on serious claims made by Tradies.
The most common cause of injury (18%) involves muscular stress while lifting, carrying or putting down objects and the most common type of serious claim (44%) involves traumatic joint injuries.
Tradies need to make their health the most important part of their toolkit. Preventive treatment to reduce the risk of injury is just as important as seeking help when things do go wrong.
Source: Safe Work Australia’s National Data Set for Compensation-based Statistics, 2014-15.