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Transport, Postal and Warehousing

This industry includes:

  • road, rail and water transport, of both freight and passengers
  • transport support services
  • warehouse and storage services
  • postal and courier services.

Road transport is one of the industries identified as a national priority for prevention activities in the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy (external link).

Occupations in this industry include:

  • truck, bus, rail and delivery drivers
  • postal workers
  • couriers
  • storepersons.

Most common hazards and injuries

In Tasmania, this industry accounts for the second highest number of deaths amongst all industries.

Most of the work-related deaths and injuries in this industry are a result of vehicle accidents.

Workers in this industry are likely to be injured at work due to:

  • body stressing
  • sips, trips and falls
  • being hit by moving objects.

Other common hazards that workers in this industry are exposed to include:

  • hazardous manual tasks such as moving heavy or awkward loads, securing loads
  • falls from height when loading or unloading
  • being hit by a forklift or another vehicle while on foot
  • fatigue
  • sedentary work.

Some solutions

  • Provide training and instruction in safe manual handling procedures.
  • Fit vehicles with handrails and/or non-slip access ladders or steps.
  • Maintain good housekeeping to ensure there are no obstructions or trip hazards on floors or in store areas.
  • Set realistic work schedules and deadlines.
  • Encourage workers to use their breaks to stretch and move.

Resources and solutions

WorkSafe Tasmania resources

Dangerous goods licensing

Hazardous manual tasks

High risk work licensing

Industry snapshots

Sedentary work

Slips trips and falls

Truck safety: Falls and loads

Other resources

Fatigue: Safe Work Australia (external link)

Guide for managing the risk of fatigue at work: Safe Work Australia (external link)

Traffic management guide: Warehousing: Safe Work Australia (external link)

Updated: 29th October 2019