August is Tradies National Health Month, so it’s a good time to reflect on the priorities for health and safety management for this key industry sector.Frankly, the issue of tradies health and safety needs a lot of attention. According to data from Safe Work Australia, tradies are among the highest ranked sectors in regards to serious injury and disease compensation claims. Statistics have shown that 1 in 5 serious workplace injuries involve someone working as a tradie.
Safeguarding tradies’ health and safety involves three key groups of people:employers, physiotherapists and, of course, tradies themselves. Each of these groups has a unique role to play and neither can do the work alone. We want to focus on what each group can contribute to the health and safety of tradies’ work environment, why this work must be cooperative to be successful, and how to go about managing such a multi-layered health and safety strategy.