City Employee Safety - Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) YTD
- Analysis of Performance
- Metric Definition
- Why Is This Important?
- City Organization Impact on Performance
- Benchmark Information
Analysis of Performance
The TRIR is an industry standard safety lagging indicator metric that measures work-related Total Recordable Injury Rate cases, adjusted for the number of hours worked by our employees. It is a function of the total number of recordable injuries and illnesses and the number of hours worked, including salaried and hourly, not the number of employees working. The goal is the be as close to zero as possible. TRIR = (# of Recordable Injuries x 200,000 hours) / # of actual hours worked.
The 3rd quarter cumulative TRIR continues to improve since the previous quarters, as we make up for lost ground in the 1st quarter, primarily driven by weather events. At the City, we are focusing heavily on the need for reporting all work related injuries and illnesses, regardless of severity, in order to concentrate on prevention and mitigate the severity of employee injury and illness claims. We can expect that in this environment, we will experience a slight jump in these statistics over the previous years, which is the case. As we progress along on our safety journey focused on prevention and awareness, we can expect these numbers to taper off.
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 ofour proactive injury prevention efforts.
City Organization Impact on Performance
High - Reducing the TRIR rate requiresthe Cityto reduce the number of injuries that are sustained in any given year. Driving down injuries requires workgroups to activelyworkto 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.
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.