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

Desired Result: Below Target

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. National benchmark data for any year is only available in September of the following year.

The TRIR is a commonly used lagging indicator 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 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 has improved since the previous quarter and is in line with the national average for local government entities. At the City, we are really driving a focus on the need the for reporting all injuries, regardless of severity, in order to focus on prevention and mitigate the severity of employee injury claims. We can expect that in this environment, we will experience a slight jump in these statistics over the previous year, which is the case. As we progress along in our safety journey focused on prevention and awareness, we can expect these numbers to taper off. TRIR = (# of Recordable Injuries x 200,000 hours) / # of actual hours worked.

Metric Definition

Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) rate is a federal Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) metric. It is calculated by the number of recordable injuries per 200,000 hours worked. Current-year benchmarks are not available as they are published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and not usually available until September of the following year.

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.