It’s Tradies National Health Month and comedian David Hughes is reminding the plumbers, construction workers and carpenters of the country to look after themselves.
Have you ever heard of a tradie bringing sugar-free quinoa muffins into work to share with his mates? Or have you heard of a tradie turning down a smoko break or a trip to the pub? Hughesy hasn’t and he’s taking a look at a whole lot other things tradies never say in a promo video, but for good reason.
The clip, which was made in conjunction with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and Steel Work Boots, brings attention to the health and wellbeing of tradies, especially as recent findings from an APA health report show one in five of all serious workplace injuries in Australia involve a tradie.
“Despite the high safety measures in place, many tradies continue to get hurt and the majority often ignore aches and pain and don’t seek treatment,” said APA national president, Marcus Dripps. “This can have a long-term effect on tradies — many of whom retire well before most white collar workers of the same age.”