It’s no secret that tradies have a very labour intensive job and that their health can be compromised as a result. As an electrician much of your day is spent climbing roofs, in confined spaces and managing dangerous, electrical wires, so it’s very important to be vigilant about your health and make sure it’s in top condition. Here’s some healthcare tips that even the busiest of tradies can fit into their daily schedule.
With two of three Australian’s being diagnosed with skin cancer by the time
they’re 70, the importance of wearing sunscreen is a no-brainer. Remember, it’s not just hot, sunny summers days that you’re prone to the dangers of skin cancer, cloudy and overcast days can provide a serious UV dose too, resulting in a sun burn and eventually, potential cancer.
When you’re climbing into hot, confined spaces as an electrician, it’s common for hydration levels to drop drastically. When you’re super busy it can also be easy to forget to drink water, but it’s something that as a tradie, you must be proactive about. Dehydration can lead to headaches, dizziness and sleepiness, meaning that your full attention won’t be on the job at hand and could easily lead to a dangerous mistake.
REMEMBER IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK
Unfortunately, the stigma of it being weak to talk about your feelings all too often goes hand in hand with being a tradie. Often men feel that they will be judged by their male friends/colleagues and feel embarrassed to speak about mental health troubles. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Thankfully, more and more men are speaking out about their struggles with depression, anxiety and other health problems and it’s becoming more acceptable by society. Remember, organisations such as Beyond Blue, Mates in Construction and Lifeline are just a phone call away.
As a tradie it can be so easy and time effective to swing past a petrol station for a pie for lunch, or through a fast food drive through. However, these options are laden with calories and don’t’ have the nutritional elements that your body requires to be healthy and function at it’s best. By consuming calorie, sodium and sugar heavy meals it’s likely you’ll hit an after lunch slump where you’ll feel tired and lethargic, which could lead to a slip up at work and put you in a dangerous situation. Try and pack a lunch before you go to work, like a healthy sandwich, fruit and a muesli bar, this way you’ll still have easy access to food but it’s a much healthier option.
To talk to someone please call:
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636, Lifeline: 13 11 14
Mates in Construction: 1300 642 111