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Workplace safety and Health Awareness for Tradies

Posted on 2/12/2015 by


Workplace safety and Health Awareness for Tradies

Let’s look at some of the facts which are related to this topic:

  • Every day 10 tradies are badly injured at work. That is 3650 tradies a year on workers compensation.
  • 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. Don't ignore the pain, see a physio. 
  • 94% of tradies reported that they don't eat enough fruit and/or vegetables.

That might sound scary to tradies who just started the job or about to begin their career in those areas, however, we have found some tips from APA official website that will improve your body health and safety as a tradie:

1. Don't ignore the pain, see a physio;

2. If you do become injured, your physiotherapist will work with you to provide a course of exercises and recovery advice to get you back on your feet and lessen the chance for repeat injuries.

3. Make exercise part of your daily lifestyle

4. Regular exercise reduces stress, promotes better sleep behaviour, increases energy and is great for your heart.

5. Preventing ankle sprains in the workplace

6. Wear activity-specific, well-fitting shoes, use sports strapping tape or an ankle brace to provide good ankle joint support.

7. Preventing knee injuries in the workplace

8. Practice standing on one leg to improve your balance and leg muscle strength. Make sure you warm up and cool down after exercise with gentle stretches.

9. Preventing back pain in the workplace

10. Prepare your body by warming up and then doing some stretches BEFORE you lift and carry. Make sure you avoid twisting – turn by using your feet, not your back.

11. Preventing neck pain in the workplace

12. Recognize when you are tense. You may be hunching your shoulders or clenching your teeth without realizing it.

Those tips seem to be easy as common sense, and are often ignore by the majority. We must take this seriously or we could end up with serious work related injuries. 

Lastly, we need to know the procedures and rules when accidents do happen at work. Did you know that the Commonwealth’s Work Health and Safety Act 2011 requires that certain serious workplace incidents and injuries be reported to regulators? This applies to any person in the workplace, such as employees, contractors or members of the public.

These notifications are intended to help preserve the incident site pending further direction from the regulator; so it's vital you are aware of the type of incidents that must be reported. 

These are:death of person serious injury or illness a dangerous incident arising from work carried out by the business, undertaking or workplace.

Worksite preservation

When a notifiable incident occurs, there is a legal requirement to keep the incident site and any associated plant, substance, structure or object undisturbed until an inspector arrives or notifies otherwise. It's a good idea to notify the regulator as soon as possible because that will ensure the timely release of the incident site. Penalties apply for failure to preserve a site.

Keeping records

Once the regulator has been notified, a record of the notifiable incident must be kept for at least five years from the date of notification, and penalties apply for failure to comply.