Transport Postal and Warehousing industry snapshot 2017

The workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into 14 groups.

  • Road freight transport
  • Road passenger transport
  • Rail freight transport
  • Rail passenger transport
  • Other transport support services
  • Air and space transport
  • Water freight transport
  • Water passenger transport
  • Scenic and sightseeing transport
  • Pipeline and other transport
  • Postal and courier pick-up and delivery services
  • Water transport support services
  • Airport operations and other air transport support services
  • Warehousing and storage services

5% of the total Tasmanian workforce

74% of workers are employed full time

54% aged 45 and over

The injuries

324 injuries across the industry group in 2017

46% of injuries over the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

9 serious injuries per million hours worked, 14% higher than the state average of 7.9

50% lower serious injury frequency rate than ten years ago. Rate is now in line with state average

The people

55-64 year olds report the highest serious injury frequency rates

56% of serious injuries were reported by Road Freight Transport workers

Occupations with the Highest Percentage of Serious Injuries

  • 36% Truck Drivers
  • 18% Automobile, Bus and Rail Drivers
  • 8% Delivery Drivers

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Being hit by moving objects
  • Vehicle incidents and other

Action areas

Priority conditions and causes identified in the WorkSafe Strategic Plan 2018-2023 relevant to the industry

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual task
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Safe movement of vehicles and plant