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Tradies National Health Month is an important campaign held every August in Australia each year, aiming to raise awareness around the health and safety of tradies. According to Safe Work Australia, tradies make up almost one-third of the Australian workforce and represent over half of the country’s serious workers’ compensation claims, an alarming result.
To help promote Tradies National Health Month, we have created a toolbox of resources and handy tips to help tradies look after their heath on the work site and beyond.
There are many different professions that fall under the tradie umbrella, but regardless if you’re a plumber or a sparky, safety should always be front of mind. It’s vital to maintain a safe work environment by eliminating the opportunity for hazards and risks to occur. These are some handy tips to help keep your workplace safe:
As a tradie, your work is anything but idle, with jobs often requiring a high level of strenuous and physical activity. Taking the extra time and effort to move correctly when performing a task, (especially those that are repetitious or require picking up heavy items) can save you a lot of backache in the future.
Research conducted by Safe Work Australia found that:
An injury or serious illness could not only have a devastating impact on your physical wellbeing but your hip pocket too. If you’re a sole trader or contractor and not covered by Workers Compensation, that’s where Personal Accident and Illness (PA) insurance comes into play. Personal Accident insurance* can provide levels of cover if as a result of an unexpected injury or illness you experience loss of income due to being unable to work, become permanently disabled or even pass away. The cover is there even if the injury or illness arises outside of your employment.
For when life throws a spanner in the works and the unexpected happens, this product can provide financial protection and peace of mind.
For more information on exercises, moving the right way and looking after your physical wellbeing check out the Australian Physiotherapy Association advice or tradies health.
Everyone has their ups and downs, and sometimes a little support is just the help we need to get back on track. Looking after your mental health is vital, and whether it’s a face to face chin wag, a phone call or a chat online, there are many support networks out there to connect with. Here are a few:
Black Dog Institute: founded in 2002, this organisation is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the identification, prevention and treatment of mental illness, and the promotion of wellbeing. They have a list of helpful support and resource links across Australia which can be found here.
It’s no secret that tradies often get a bad rap for their dietary habits, with pastries and soft drinks often the main culinary culprits. We’ve sourced some gourmet inspiration that promotes a healthier diet and are easy to whip up in the kitchen, no Masterchef skills required!
Start by introducing some of these healthier alternatives to the mix suggested by the Cancer Council:
A balanced diet and regular exercise go hand in hand to helping maintain a healthy lifestyle! Sometimes we just need that dose of motivation to get the heart pounding, get started with these tips:
Taking the time to review your health and making a few lifestyle changes can help make a world of difference to your overall wellbeing. Maybe it’s walking to the shops instead of driving, swapping a hamburger for a salad, or getting a better deal on your business insurance, just remember it’s never too late to start.
One thing you can get in shape is your business insurance. Jump online or give the BizCover team a call to take the stress out of getting your tradie business protected. Insurance made easy.
*As with any insurance, cover will be subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions contained in the policy wording. The information contained on this web page is general only and should not be relied upon as advice.