Dedication to one’s work is an admirable quality, but not when it comes at the expense of everything else, including personal welfare. However, many Brisbane plumbers and tradies across the country have failed to consider that, according to research from the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
The organisation’s latest work shows that Aussie tradies are almost twice as likely to look after their tools than their own health, despite the fact that being a trades person is one of the most injury-prone occupations in the country. According to the data, 79% of the tradies reported that they took good care of their tools, while those that took care of their own health only amounted to 47% of the correspondents.
Nearly two-thirds (64%) of the tradies asked reported that they have suffered injuries in their current occupation, while half of these tradies said that they expected to not suffer injuries in their line of work again. Nearly a quarter of the surveyed tradies said that they consider it ill-fitting if a fellow tradie complained of an injury, while 55% said that aches and pains were simply part of the job.
Association President Phil Calvert says that tradies were either not getting treated for their injuries or just waiting until it got aggravated into something worse. He believes that tradies don’t have to live with the attitude that injuries are just part of being a tradie.
The research also noted that not only were physical injuries ignored, but that mental health was also being affected, with 30% of the sample size reporting mental health issues that stemmed from a work injuriy.
Canberra carpenter Adam Potts, one of the tradies who admit that he did not take good care of himself when he was a younger tradie. He says that it’s being young, thinking they’re invincible, then it suddenly creeps up and gets them, with chronic body pain, forcing time off of work at the bare minimum.
He expressed hope for younger tradies, whose culture was shifting and embracing physical and mental well-being as a part of being a tradie. His advice to younger tradies is not to strain themselves out by working too much, as that tends to worsen injuries.