The logistics industry comprises workers in transport & distribution (via air, road, rail, & water), storage & warehousing, and postal & courier services.

Non-fatal injuries to employees in logistics, 2009/10 to 2013/14p


Slips, Trips and Falls


Fall from Height


Struck by Object


Lifting and Handling

The logistics industry’s health & safety performance is worse-than-average – the non-fatal injuries rate is almost double the all-industries rate, and the rate of musculoskeletal disorders is 50% higher than the all-industries rate.

logistics danger icaons

The Logistics industry is characterised by the need to work:

• at risk of being struck by moving vehicles

• at risk of being struck by large/heavy moving objects

• at risk of exposure to flammable products and chemical emissions, fire and explosions

• with hazardous materials/wastes

• in confined spaces

• at height

• at risk of exposure to fumes (especially vehicle)

• with vibrating tools / machinery (HAV)

• for continued periods of high exertion and/or with repetitive movements

• for long periods of time (risk of driver fatigue).


The main safety and wellbeing issues among warehousing and storage workers relate to manual handling, musculoskeletal awareness, collision with site transport and working at height.  For haulage and distribution workers these include musculoskeletal issues relating to loading / unloading bulk or heavy loads, exposure to workplace transport risks on the highway or at third-party premises, and driver fatigue.

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