Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Program
The Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (TWU) Program provides leadership to promote health and safety among workers in these industries. The TWU Program works with partners in industry, labor, government, trade associations, professional organizations, and academia to address the leading causes of work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities to improve the safety, health and well-being of TWU workers.
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Top 3 Affected Industries
The TWU Program is comprised of eight industries. This super sector grouping includes two parts: the Transportation and Warehousingexternal icon Sector and the Utilitiesexternal icon Sector and covers:
- Transportation including all modes of transporting passengers and cargo by air, rail, water, road, and pipeline.
- Warehousing consists of establishments engaged primarily in the storage of goods.
- Utilities covers electric power, natural gas, alternative sources, water, sewage, and other systems.
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities
Employment 2019 (% of total TWU)
Fatalities 2019 (% of total TWU)
Fatality rate per 100,000 FTE
|48-49||Transportation and Warehousing||7,747,000 (84%)||948 (96%)||12.2|
|481||Air Transportation||626,000 (7%)||34 (3%)||4.6|
|482||Rail Transportation||260,000 (3%)||11 (1%)||6.6|
|483||Water Transportation||87,000 (1%)||13 (1%)||13.2|
|484||Truck Transportation||2,340,000 (25%)||617 (63%)||27.3|
|485||Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation||1,111,000 (12%)||68 (7%)||5.7|
|486||Pipeline Transportation||54,000 (1%)||0 (<1%)||0.00|
|487||Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation||51,000 (<1%)||8 (1%)||32.1|
|488||Support Activities for Transportation||884,000 (10%)||103 (10%)||10.2|
|491||Postal Service||674,000 (7%)||21 (2%)||2.7|
|492||Couriers and Messengers||873,000 (9%)||45 (4%)||7.2|
|493||Warehousing and Storage||788,000 (7%)||24 (2%)||4.1|
|22||Utilities||1,468,000 (%)||39 (4%)||2.7|
The Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Program has selected research priorities on the basis of burden, need, and impact and collaborated with other NIOSH research programs to write the research goals in the NIOSH Strategic Plan for FYs 2019-2023. The priority areas are:
- Reducing cardiovascular diseases including obesity through interventions focused on work organization
- Reducing transportation incidents and related traumatic injuries including vehicle design and prescription drug use/misuse as well as fatal and non-fatal machine-related injuries
- Promoting safe and healthy work design to reduce obesity and chronic disease, injuries associated with human-machine interaction, and fatalities related to fatigue and stress
The Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities Program Performance One-pager (PPOP) offers a snapshot of NIOSH programs’ priorities, strategies used to make progress towards priorities, recent accomplishments, and upcoming work.
To learn more
NIOSH topic pages provide access to a broad range of information on occupational safety and health subjects. Typically, topic pages contain materials and links to NIOSH publications and other resources related to a particular topic.
- Aircrew Safety and Health
- Commercial Aviation in Alaska
- Long Haul Truck Drivers
- Work Schedules: Shift work and long hours
Related NIOSH Centers
- NIOSH Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies
- NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety
- NIOSH Center for Occupational Robotics Research
The TWU Program helps lead the NORA Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Sector Council, which brings together individuals and organizations to share information, form partnerships, and promote adoption and dissemination of solutions that work. The council seeks to facilitate the most important research, understand the most effective intervention strategies, and learn how to implement those strategies to achieve sustained improvements in workplace practice. The final version of the research agenda for the TWU sector council can be found here.
Contact the TWU Program
Contact R.J. Matetic, at RMatetic@cdc.gov with questions about the TWU Program