TRANSPORTATION, WAREHOUSING AND UTILITIES
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Inputs: Occupational Safety and Health Risks
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.
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
|Falls,Slips & Trips||Exposure||Contact with objects
|Transportation and warehousing||733||15.3||71||538||35||21||63|
| Transit and
ground passenger transportation
|Scenic and sightseeing||6||31.4||2||-||-||-||-|
| Support activities
|Couriers and messengers||29||4.6||-||27||-||-||-|
|Warehousing and storage||17||3.9||3||7||-||-||4|
Fatal occupational injuries* by select TWU sectors in government (2)† by selected event or exposure, 2013
|Falls||Exposure||Contact with objects
|Transportation and warehousing|
|Transit and ground passenger||1||47.9||-||1||-||-||-|
|Transit and ground passenger||4||16.0||-||-||-||-||-|
|Transit and ground passenger||5||4.0||-||-||-||-||3|
- 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.
Additional BLS occupational fatality information is available in the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries
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.
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.
- Page last reviewed: July 29, 2015 (archived document)
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Division of Safety Research