Steel Blue is partnering with the Australian Physiotherapy Association to ensure the health and wellbeing of tradies by providing the right tools.
All through August - the Tradies National Health Month, Steel Blue representatives and physiotherapists will spread the word among tradesmen at events being organised at various construction sites across Australia. Together, APA and Steel Blue will endeavour to create a behavioural change amongst tradies towards healthier and safer lifestyles.
Research shows that 80% of injured workers in Australia are tradesmen and labourers, totalling over 13,500 injured tradesmen every year. Steel Blue’s initiative aims to promote body health and work safety tips for tradies.
Physiotherapists will be hosting Q&As at these events, providing tips for tradies in areas such as neck, back, shoulder and knee health. Steel Blue representatives will also take to worksites and highlight the full body health benefits of wearing correct footwear.
According to Ross Fitzgerald, General Manager of Steel Blue, everyone is encouraged to get involved with this initiative and spread the word. Companies that wish to host a worksite event anywhere in Australia can register online.
Cris Massis, Chief Executive Officer of Australian Physiotherapy Association explains that tradies place their bodies under a lot of stress in their day-to-day activities. Tradies National Health Month is held to provide awareness and tools for tradesmen to help them move well, stay well and assist in reducing the risk and severity of injuries.
All tradies are encouraged to register their support online; they will also be entered in a $4,000 prize draw to win the ultimate outdoor adventure. Tradies will also be able to find fact sheets and other resources regarding health and safety on the official Tradies National Health Month website.