Vehicle Accident Trends At Work

Between 2003 and 2012, almost half of the 573 reported deaths arising from workplace accidents were vehicle related.

The Transport and Storage sector reports an average of 1000 injuries each year, resulting in up to 100 lost working days from injuries linked to manual handling, slips, trips and falls and being struck by vehicles. Click here for detailed information on Transport and Storage Sector injury trends.

Employers and self-employed need to be aware of the main risks associated with vehicles that need to be managed to protect workers and members of the public. The activities most commonly associated with vehicle related deaths and injuries are:

  • Driving for work
  • Reversing and slow speed manoeuvres
  • Coupling and uncoupling
  • Vehicle maintenance and repairs
  • Loading, unloading and load securing


Further Information

Injury Trends in the Transport and Storage Sector 2008 to 2012

Work Related Vehicle Fatalities Report 2010

Work Related Vehicle Fatalities Report 2009

Work Related Vehicle Fatalities Report 2003 - 2008

Survey of Workplace Transport Safety Injuries 2008