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Transport, Postal and Warehousing snapshot 2021

Key facts about the workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into 14 groups. The three largest employing groups are:

  • Road freight transport
  • Road passenger transport
  • Postal and courier pick-up and delivery services

Key facts about injury numbers

There were 351 injuries across the industry in 2021.

This results in a serious injury frequency rate of 12.1 serious injuries per million hours worked.

The serious injury frequency rate of 12.1 is 19% higher than the state average of 10.5.

The industry’s serious injury frequency rate was 2% lower in 2021 than ten years ago.

Key facts about injured workers

Road freight transport reported the highest serious injury frequency rate.

The occupations with the highest proportion of serious injuries were:

  • Truck drivers with 36% of the total and
  • Automobile, bus and rail drivers with 16% of the total

Key facts about injury causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry in 2021, in order of largest proportion of total injuries, were:

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

Priority conditions and causes

The WorkSafe Strategic Plan 2018-2023 identifies six priority causes and conditions, of these five are most relevant to the industry

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual task
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Safe movement of vehicles and plant
Updated: 23rd August 2022
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