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City Employee Safety - Days Away Restricted or Transferred (DART) Rate 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 DART rate is a commonly used lagging indicator that measures Days Away and Restricted Time work-related Injury cases, adjusted for the number of hours worked by our employees. It is strictly a function of the number of work related employee injuries that result in the injured employee having to be assigned restricted work activity or days 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.

DART 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.

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.