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More than 7 million workers in transportation, warehousing, and utilities industries are at risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries. Occupations within these industries account for 5% of U.S. workers and 15% of workplace fatalities. Workers employed in truck transportation account for 65% of the fatalities in transportation, warehousing, and utilities industries. In addition to being at risk of fatal injuries, workers in these industries are at risk of injury or illness from transportation incidents, overexertion, electrocution, vehicle emissions, and falls. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes detailed information about occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities for all industry sectors.


Fatalities among private sector workers in transportation and warehousing sector accounted for 741 fatalities, a decrease from 2011 (749). The number of fatal injuries in truck transportation, the largest subsector within transportation and warehousing in terms of employment, increased by 3 percent in 2012, led by a 61 percent increase in long-distance-less-than-truckload trucking. Fatal work injuries decreased in all other transportation subsectors, except air and couriers and messengers which increased in 2012. The fatality rate for the transportation and warehousing sector in 2012 was 16.5, nearly 5 times that of general industry at 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers.

Source:Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) - Current and Revised Data

Fatal occupational injuries* in TWU private industry by (2)† selected event or exposure, 2012

FatalitiesNumberRate per
100,000 FTE
FallsExposureContact with objects
and equipment
Transportation and warehousing74116.576548341953
   Air transportation326.1-29---
   Transit and
   ground passenger
   Support activities
   for transportation
   Couriers and
   Warehousing and


Fatal occupational injuries* by select TWU sectors in government (2)† by selected event or exposure, 2012

FatalitiesNumberRate per
100,000 FTE
FallsExposureContact with objects
and equipment
Transportation and warehousing
   Transit and
   ground passenger

- No data or data did not meet BLS reporting requirements.
* Totals include data for industries not shown separately.
† Based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2007.

Source: Fatal occupational injuries by industry and event or exposure, All United States, 2012 [PDF - 272 KB]

Additional BLS occupational fatality information is available in the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Fatality Rates for Private Industry, Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities, 2003-2012

Nonfatal injuries and illnesses

Transportation and Warehousing

This industry includes establishments engaged in transportation of passengers and freight via air, water, rail, and ground, as well as warehousing and storage of goods, sightseeing transportation, and various related support activities. This sector accounted for nearly 10 percent of all private industry injury and illness cases in 2010, but made up only 4 percent of employment. This sector reported the highest rate among service-providing industry sectors, 5.2 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2010.


This sector comprises establishments that provide electric power, natural gas, water, and sewage removal. This relatively small industry sector accounted for only about one-half of one percent of private industry employment and injury and illness cases in 2010. This sector experienced a 1% increase in injuries and illness cases after two years of significantly decreasing numbers. The water, sewage, and other systems (NAICS 2213) was the only sub-sector to experience an increase in the injury and illnesses rate, rising from 4.1 to 4.5 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2010.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and Fatal Injuries Profiles

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