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Industry Snapshot | Transportation and warehousing, 2015-2019 | August 2021


Background

The transportation and warehousing sector includes industries that provide transportation of passengers and cargo, warehousing and storage for goods, sightseeing transportation, and support activities related to modes of transportation.

As of 2019, there was an average of 5,491,748 people employed in the private sector of this industry in 262,049 establishments.

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses

In the private transportation and warehousing industry during 2019, there were 227,900 total recordable cases (TRC) of nonfatal injuries and illnesses. Of those, 103,600 had days away from work (DAFW), 62,600 had days of job transfer or restriction (DJTR), and 61,700 had other recordable cases (ORC). The total recordable case incidence rate per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 4.4.



Table 1. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected case characteristics, transportation and warehousing, private industry, 2019
Case characteristic[1]Number of cases

Nature of injury or illness

Sprains, strains, tears

45,830

Soreness, pain

15,410

Bruises, contusions

10,990

Fractures

8,150

Cuts, lacerations

4,140

Part of body affected

Back

18,090

Knee

11,390

Shoulder

9,790

Multiple body parts

9,460

Hand

8,900

Event or exposure leading to injury or illness

Struck by object or equipment

13,080

Overexertion in lifting or lowering

12,920

Fall on same level

12,900

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles

8,390

Fall to lower level

5,630

[1] Data shown correspond to Nature, Part, and Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Fatal occupational injuries

Fatal work injuries totaled 948 for the transportation and warehousing industry during 2019, compared to 909 during 2018.

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, transportation and warehousing, all United States, 2015-2019
Event or exposure[1][2]20152016201720182019

Total fatal injuries (number)

799856916909948

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

6369735588

Transportation incidents

615617656661677

Fires and explosions

9671110

Falls, slips, trips

3151514946

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

2049605656

Contact with objects and equipment

5762657571

[1] CFOI data by event are only provided if there are fatal case counts in three or more of the six event categories.

[2] Data shown correspond to Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Note: Dashes indicate data do not meet BLS publication guidelines.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Sources

Employment data come from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII program concepts, see the definitions page and the SOII Handbook of Methods. For more information on CFOI program concepts, see the definitions page and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.

 

Last Modified Date: August 11, 2021