City Employee Safety - Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) YTD

Desired Result:  Below Target

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Analysis of Performance

Note: This historical data of this metric changes in subsequent time periods because injury data is tied to the date of injury regardless of when treatment occurs or the case changes from recordable to time away restricted, or transferred. For example, if an employee has an injury in March but he does not seek medical treatment until June, it will be captured on March's OSHA log and it will not show up on the June log. There is an approximate 18 month lag time in current available national benchmark data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As anticipated, the TRIR rate did increase as the City reopened and more services reopened. Employees who had been away from routine work of 2019 returned and there have been some injuries associated with the return to that work.

Some of the injuries are not new, but are requiring more care than similar types of injuries.

Vehicle based accidents are contributing to our DART and TRIR injuries. We are evaluating ideas on how to reduce these incidents

We have been performing root cause analysis of some new types of injury that has lead to modified or lost time injuries that we haven't seen in the past at this severity level.

Safety and Risk Management are continuing with the process of having Physical Demands Assessments of City jobs so that we can safely return people to work, as well as ensure that the City is properly representing what work is required of a job. The value in this work is that the City understands the work associated with the position, employees and applicants know, and we can create a solid expectation of the work to be performed. If the City doesn't have this, when a prospective employee applies for a position, they are entering into a situation where they may be asked to do work they are physically incapable of, setting them or their coworkers up for potential injury. Having this information will start employees and the City off on the right path starting from the hiring process.

Working with departments to determine needs to improve their safety environment.

Metric Definition
The Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) is a nationally recognized standard safety metric. It is based upon the total number of work related injury and illness cases reported that, generally speaking, required more than standard first aid treatment, as it relates to the total number of employee hours worked. Current-year benchmarks are not available as they are published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and have an approximate 18 month lag time.
Why Is This Important?
The Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) is important because it is a nationally benchmarkeable measure that allows us to track injury frequency trends over time.  It is important for the City to provide a safe workplace for all employees and the only way to achieve that is by driving a culture of proactive safety built on continuous improvement.  As safety efforts drive down injuries, the costs associated with workers' compensation claims can be driven down as well.  While the TRIR is a lagging indicator, it is valuable as a symptom of the effectiveness of our proactive injury prevention efforts.
City Organization Impact on Performance

High – Reducing the TRIR rate requires the City to reduce the number of injuries that are sustained in any given year. Driving down injuries requires workgroups to actively work to identify and mitigate injury causes.  We are seeing more employee involvement throughout the City now than at any point in the past through sharing of best practices and lessons learned, excellent active safety meeting attendance, new safety teams being launched, and safety team members being called on more than ever by their workgroups to help spearhead safety improvements. 

Benchmark Information
This metric contains General Industry and Public Entities benchmark data. The General Industry benchmark gives overall context to the City's performance, while the Public Entities benchmark allows for a closer comparison that accounts for the unique challenges that face local governments.