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City Employee Safety - Days Away Restricted or Transferred (DART) Rate YTD

Desired Result: Below Target

Analysis of Performance

Note: 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 data has been revised to be reported as a Year-to-Date (YTD) value to more closely align with other reporting of this metric.

The City of Fort Collins has defined it’s Safety Vision and Mission:
• City Safety Vision Statement - To be the safest workplace in America.
• City Safety Mission Statement – Fostering a culture where safety matters as much as getting the job done.

To that end, we are piloting initiatives including focusing on near miss reporting and hazard recognition as well as safety auditing. Additional emphasis will be on communication around safety including sharing safety stories, creating a more robust City Safety Website and deploying safety teams and safety professionals in such a way that expands all means of communication.

Our metrics include lagging indicators TRIR and DART, Total Recordable Injury Rate and Days Away, Restricted and Transferred respectively, both of which are overall higher over last year at this time. It is to be expected that these rates may rise before falling when there is an increased emphasis on injury reporting. Additionally, we are developing a leading indicator metric around Near Miss reporting, which is critical to future injury prevention. This will be a great measure of our safety performance going forward.

Metric Definition

Days Away Restricted or Transferred (DART) is the number of injuries severe enough to cause Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred from active work 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?

DART rate is important because it is a nationally benchmarkeable measure widely accepted as representative of injury severity in the workplace.  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 and injury severity, the costs associated with workers' compensation claims can be driven down as well.  The reduction of days away, restricted or transferred is directly related to reduction in lost productivity as well as lost efficiency because only workgroups that are whole can operate at optimal performance.

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.

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.