The Transport and Storage industry represents about 4% of Australia's workforce and in 2009-2010, 85% of its workers were covered for workers' compensation.
In 2009-2010 8% of all workers compensation claims were made by workers in the Transport & Storage industry which equates to an average of 29 employees daily.
With 25 claims per thousand employees (2008-2009), the incident rate in the Transport & Storage industry is well above the 14 claims average across all industries.
In 2009-2010, the most common causes of compensated injury in the Transport & Storage industry were:
1. Muscular stress due to manual handling (42% of all claims)
2. Slips, trips and falls (23% of all claims)
3. Being hit by moving objects (13% of claims)
In 2009-2010 the Transport & Storage industry ranked second highest of all industries with 34 fatalities, which compares to a fatality rate of 7.8 workers per 100,000 workers.