Employees of Transportation Businesses

A second point of emphasis in the transportation industry is to assure that the employees are properly protected from the hazards they face. This is accomplished in a similar manner as with other industries. They should be trained in the specific hazards of their unique part of the transportation industry, as well as safety, maintenance, and heath issues. All operators, drivers, captains, and engineers should receive job-specific training expectations, and the employer must assure that all have the operator skills to perform their jobs.

When employees are required to repair infrastructure such as replace rails or conduct maintenance activities, all of these actions should be done in a safe and healthy manner. Also, employees who are responsible for material handling must be trained in safe loading and unloading techniques. Employers must maintain a safe and healthy workplace for their employees.


Nothing will happen, nothing can happen, and nothing is happening without a transportation system. Food will not flow from the farms, employees will not arrive at work, mail will not be delivered, no tourism will happen, service workers and other services will not be available, and parts, goods, and products will not arrive. Our world as we know it will shut down. Safe transportation is mandatory for our survival.

Further Readings

Daugherty, J.E. Industrial Safety Management: A Practical Approach. Rockville, MD: Government Institutes, 1999.

Goetsch, D.L. Occupational Safety and Health for Technologists, Engineers, and Managers (Fifth Edition).

Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005.

Kohn, J.P. and T.S. Ferry. Safety and Health Management Planning. Rockville, MD: Government Institutes, 1999.

Lack, R.W. Safety, Health, and Asset Protection: Management Essentials (Second Edition). Boca Raton, FL: Lewis Publishers, 2002.

National Safety Council, Motor Fleet Safety Manual (Third Edition). Itasca, IL: NSC, 1986.

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