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Tradies' National Health Month

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
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Don't Live with a Pain in the Neck
Did you know that on average, 10 tradies nationwide are badly injured at work each day? That's a staggering 3650 per annum! And nearly a quarter of all roofers, labourers and plumbers experience back pain, muscle stress and strain from lifting equipment or slips, trips, and falls when handling materials.

Tradies' National Health Week


That is why safety boot manufacturers Steel Blue and the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) have teamed up to create Tradies' National Health Month. During August, tradies are encouraged to focus on the importance of full body health and safety.

A range of resources has been made available on the Tradies' National Health Month website. You will find videos on various health topics, including diabetes and heart health, back injuries and knee injuries. There are also downloadable PDF files on health issues including bullying in the workplace, protecting your hearing and preventing back strain.

As this clip suggests, 'Tradies fix most things, but not always themselves'.



Throughout August there will be events happening at worksites nationwide to celebrate and promote health and safety. What can you do to promote a focus on safety at your workplace?



Tradies are encouraged to register their support online and take part in the month. If you register, you also enter a $4,000 prize draw to win the ultimate outdoor adventure – choose from the ultimate surfing, camping or fishing trip.



So get on board and focus on your health! It's in your best interests to do so.
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Why? For your health! And a $4000 incentive.
When: 1 - 31 August 2014
Where: Australia wide
Cost: Free to participate
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