Despite the majority of construction workers striving to lead a healthier lifestyle, almost half avoid seeing a doctor when they become ill with the majority blaming work commitments for their failure to seek medical advice, research reveals.
According to a study by IronmongeryDirect, 32 per cent of tradespeople regularly hit the gym and 50 per cent watch their weight, yet only 46 per cent make an appointment to see their GP if they are sick.
Instead the supplier of ironmongery products found that of the 1,000 respondents surveyed, 29 per cent chose to self-medicate while 17 per cent preferred to work through it.
Further research from PushDoctor.co.uk found that more than half (58 per cent) of tradespeople have been unable to go to the doctors in the past year because of work commitments, and 25 per cent still go to work when they are ill, rather than visit a surgery.
Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director at IronmongeryDirect, said: “While it’s great to see so many tradespeople taking active measures to lead a healthy lifestyle, when illness does strike it’s important that they put their health first, rather than their work.
“Tradesmen need to make time to visit the doctors and not feel afraid to ask for help when they are feeling unwell. By seeking medical advice, and gaining expert opinion on how to recuperate, they are likely to recover and return to work faster than if they didn’t.”