Tradies National Health Month runs throughout August and places a firm focus on the health of Australia’s tradies.
While we’ve seen improvements, according to Safe Work Australia our trade industry accounts for 58 per cent of serious claims for worker’s compensation, yet makes up less than one third of Australia’s workforce.
Time off work due to poor health, injury or illness has a significant impact on families, businesses, communities, the health system and the economy—and this impact will grow if we don’t take steps to change behaviour.
The workplace is a major source of sun (UV) exposure for many Canberra tradies. It is not surprising that outdoor workers who are required to spend long periods of time working in the sun, day after day and year after year, have a higher than average risk of developing skin cancers. It has recently been estimated that 200 melanomas and 34,000 non melanoma skin cancers per year are caused by occupational UVR exposure in Australia.
You can also check out Sonny Burns - tradie, and self appointed UV spokesperson.
Read more about Tradies National Health Month here.