Transport and Logistics

The transport and logistics industry covers workers from a vast range of occupations including truck drivers, couriers and postal deliverers, bus and coach drivers, mail sorters, fork lift drivers, warehouse workers, storespersons and despatch clerks.

The industry is responsible for the employment of approximately 579,500 workers equating to around five per cent of the total Australian workforce. It contributed $62.1 billion to the Australian economy in 2009-10 accounting for around 5.7 per cent of total GDP.

Workers in this industry experience a higher rate of serious injury when compared to the national average. In 2009-10, eight per cent of all serious injuries reported in the National Data Set were workers within the transport and logistics industry. This equates to around 29 workers each day requiring one or more days off work because of a work related injury.

Over the last decade there has been a significant decrease in the number of injuries due to improvements in the awareness of good OHS practices.

The most common issues experienced in this industry include:

  • Muscular stress
  • Falls, trips and slips
  • Being hit by a moving object
  • Vehicle and mechanical accidents
  • Falls from heights

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