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Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry snapshot 2019

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

4% of the total Tasmanian workforce

72% of workers are employed full time

1 in 3 workers are employed in Road freight transport

60% of workers are aged 45+

The injuries

334 injuries across the industry group in 2019

44% of injuries over the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

8.9 serious injuries per million hours worked, close to the state average of 9.1

30% lower serious injury frequency rate in 2019 than ten years ago

The people

45-54 year olds report the highest serious injury frequency rates

Water transport support services reported the highest serious injury frequency rate, despite a lower number of claims

Occupations with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 38% Truck drivers
  • 15% 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
Updated: 1st July 2020