This tradie health month, get the right tools for the job

Get access to tools of the trade to build a mentally and physically safe site.

Free tools and resources for leaders in trade based industries

August is Tradies National Health Month, an initiative run by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) to raise awareness about the importance of tradies health and wellbeing. The leading causes of workplace injuries for tradies is hazardous manual handling, as well as slips and trips. But with the right systems in place, these can be avoided.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) account for 60% of injuries sustained by Victorian construction workers. MSD can have significant and long-term impacts on workers' physical and mental health and can end careers.

Over the last 12 months in Victoria:

  • Construction has the third highest number of injury-related claims across all industries.
  • Tradies working in carpentry, plumbing and electrical have been the most affected with the highest number of injuries.
  • One-third of these claims are due to injuries sustained from manual handling.
  • Tradies working in construction are significantly affected by poor mental health as mental injuries in the industry are rising yearly.

Now more than ever, your workers' physical and mental safety should be top of mind.

Get the right tools for the job by taking advantage of free programs that offer support to help you build a mentally healthy and physically safe site.

Tradie Health Month 2022 - Mental health

Building a mentally healthy workplace with WorkWell

The WorkWell Toolkit contains practical ideas, tips, tools and good practice suggestions to help you prevent mental injuries on your site. There’s no login and no fee. It’s a free resource designed by OHS and mental health specialists and tailored for all business sizes. Get step-by-step support today with your free WorkWell Toolkit.

WorkWell Toolkit

Get free advice from an industry expert with OHS Essentials program

The free OHS Essentials program offers confidential, independent and personalised advice to keep you and your workers safe. The best part – your consultant comes to you at a time that's convenient for you. Your consultant will work with you to identify hazards and risks and provide a practical safety action plan – personalised for your business needs and size.

OHS Essentials program

Support for injured workers

Workers can now access early treatment and support while they await the outcome of their mental injury claim. This support is called provisional payments. It's available for up to 13 weeks, even if a claim is rejected.

Early treatment of a mental injury often sees better recovery and faster return to work outcomes.

Provisional payments for mental injuries

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