City Employee Safety - Days Away Restricted or Transferred (DART) Rate YTD
- Analysis of Performance
- Metric Definition
- Why Is This Important?
- City Organization Impact on Performance
- Benchmark Information
Analysis of Performance
The DART rate is an industry standard safety lagging indicator metric that measures Days Away and Restricted Time work-related Injury cases, adjusted for the number of hours worked by our employees. It is a function of the number of work related employee injuries and illnesses that result in the injured employee having to be assigned restricted work activity or days completely away from work and the number of hours worked, including salaried and hourly, not the number of employees working. The goal is to be as close to zero as possible. DART = (# of Days Away or Restricted Time Cases x 200,000 hours) / # of actual hours worked.
The 3rd quarter cumulative DART rate continues to improve since the previous quarters, as we make up for lost ground from the first quarter driven primarily 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 Days Away Restricted or Transferred (DART) rate calculation is based upon the number of work related injuries and illnesses severe enough to cause an employee to be temporarily reassigned or miss work completely in relation to the total number of employee hours worked. This is a nationally recognized standard safety metric. 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?
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 claimscan 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 onlyworkgroups that are whole can operate at optimal performance.
City Organization Impact on Performance
High - Reducing the DART rate requiresthe Cityto 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 thatemployees 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.
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.