Analysis of Performance
The Data for Q1 is year to date rate calculation.
The DART rate is an OSHA calculation for the number of recordable incidents (per 100 full-time employees) that results in:
- One or more days away from work
- One or more days of restricted work or job transfer
It is calculated by taking the total number of DART incidents and multiply by 200,000. Because this is a factor per 100 full-time employees, 200,000 is used because that represents 100 employees working 40 hours a week for a 50 week calendar year. Then, divide this number by the total number of hours worked by all employees.
Many of our injuries requiring lost time or job transfer resulted from slips/trips and falls on ice and snow.
Proactive measures were in place to improve department availability to winter traction aids however supply shortages and delays were a limiting factor.
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.