Transportation and Warehousing

There are a number of emerging issues within the Transportation and Warehousing sector that impact occupational safety and health. Business practices and response to the national and global economy affect the sector through issues such as an increased use of contractors, and flexible “just-in-time” business models; these models often necessitate frequent changes in work schedules and shift work that can result in increased worker stress. The threat of terrorism and subsequent security procedures have added new and time-consuming requirements that can increase stress in this sector. Finally, financial concerns often result in increased worker stress within the sector as companies strive to compete in the face of rising fuel and other costs. All of this combines to the impact of fatigue on traumatic injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, and worker health and wellness is of increased interest.