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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

In 2013, fatalities among private sector workers in transportation and warehousing sector accounted for 733 private sector fatalities, a decrease from 2012 (741). The number of fatal injuries in truck transportation, the largest subsector within transportation and warehousing in terms of employment, decreased by 1 percent in 2013. Fatal work injuries remained almost the same in all other transportation subsectors, except warehousing which increased and air which decreased in 2013. The fatality rate for the transportation and warehousing sector in 2013 was 13.7, four times that of general industry at 3.3 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, 2013

Fatalities Number Rate per
100,000 FTE
Violence Transportation
incidents
Falls,Slips & Trips Exposure Contact with objects
and equipment
Transportation and warehousing 733 15.3 71 538 35 21 63
   Air transportation 24 4.7 - 24 - - -
   Rail transportation 14 5.4 1 7 3 - -
   Water transportation 14 20.1 6 5 - - -
   Truck transportation 493 30.0 24 381 24 15 44
   Transit and
   ground passenger transportation
66 13.6 28 32 - - 4
   Scenic and sightseeing 6 31.4 2 - - - -
   Support activities
   for transportation
69 10.0 6 51 - - 6
   Couriers and messengers 29 4.6 - 27 - - -
   Warehousing and storage 17 3.9 3 7 - - 4
Utilities 24 2.6 - 10 - 8 4

 

Fatal occupational injuries* by select TWU sectors in government (2)† by selected event or exposure, 2013

Fatalities Number Rate per
100,000 FTE
Assaults Transportation
incidents
Falls Exposure Contact with objects
and equipment
Transportation and warehousing
Government 39 3.9 5 24 5 1 4
Federal 22 2.9 - 17 - 1 1
   Postal 20 3.0 1 16 - 1 1
   Transit and ground passenger 1 47.9 - 1 - - -
   Support activities 1 2.1 - - - - -
State 6 9.1 - 3 - - -
   Transit and ground passenger 4 16.0 - - - - -
Local 10 5.2 - 4 2 - 3
   Transit and ground passenger 5 4.0 - - - - 3
   Support activities 5 11.3 - - 2 - -
 
Utilities
Government 16 5.1 - 3 6 - -
Local 15 5.8 - 3 5 - -

- 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, 2013 [PDF - 272 KB]

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

Utitlies 2003-2013 line graph

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 10 percent of all private industry injury and illness cases in 2013, but made up only 5 percent of employment. Among private service providing industry sectors, transportation and warehousing had the highest rate of injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work, 215 per 10,000 full-time workers in 2013, double the rate for all private industries (100).

Workers experienced musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in this industry at a rate of 80 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, two times the MSD rate for all private industries. Transportation incidents in this industry occurred at a rate of 24 cases per 10,000 full-time workers which was almost five times the rate for all private industries.

Transportation and warehousing related occupations with the highest injury and illness rate involving days away from work was transit and intercity bus drivers, with an incidence rate of 677 cases per 10,000 full-time workers for all ownerships. The majority of injuries and illnesses to bus drivers occurred in local government with a rate of 874 per 10,000 full time workers.

Utilities

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 involving days away from work in 2013. This sector had a private industry injury and illness rate involving days away from work of 61 per 10,000 full-time workers in 2013, a 22% decrease from 2012.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work, 2013

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

 
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