Analysis of Performance
Q3 his historically a high risk quarter for the City. This quarter our number of injuries that required days away, restrictions or transfer of job duties has been on par that with previous years, 369 injuries this quarter compared to 38 in Q3 last year. Below is the breakdown of the cause codes for these types of injuries. Miscellaneos causes included officers injured durring arrest of a person in an act of crime. These are seperated from injuries where employees are struck by falling or flying objects, or objects being handled by others. The yellow section also includes animal bites or insect stings which were still quite active late into the third quarter.
We are currently reviewing many of our heaviest job descriptions for new ways to reduce the risk associated with these jobs. We are also increasing our post-offer, pre-employement (POET) testing for all levels of jobs across the City to ensure that the candidates we hire are safe to perform the essential functions of the job.
Why Is This Important?
City Organization Impact on Performance
High – Reducing the DART rate requires the City to reduce the number of injuries that result in days away, restricted or transferred. Getting employees back to work quickly and efficiently following injuries enables to the City to spend less money on benefits used to keep employees who are off or on modified duty whole. Many studies have led to the well accepted fact that employees who return to work quickly following an injury rehab faster, better, and more completely than those who do not. Driving down injuries that impact the DART rate requires workgroups to be engaged and to actively interact with injured workers to get them back to work as efficiently as medically possible. This engagement in conjuction with other ongoing proactive safety efforts has concrete and continuous impact on improving the City's safety culture.