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ESI Safety Performance Indicators Resources

Access to the ESI Safety Statistics

The EEA ESI Safety Performance Indicators Report to 2016/17 is available to electricity supply asset owners that responded to the survey in 2017. The report highlights industry and sector trends in injury frequency and severity rates, while comparing those with WorkSafe targets. While historically the industry has focused on reporting Lost Time Injury data, EEA encouraged in 2014/15 a move towards Total Recordable Injury reporting, in an effort to benchmark relative safety performance more objectively and to align with similar industries overseas.

The report is supplemented with a benchmarking spreadsheet, which includes individual and anonymous company data, benchmarked by industry and peer groups, for use internally.

Additionally, EEA, the Australian Energy Council and Energy Networks Australia jointly prepared a 10-year trend fatality and LTIFR benchmarking report for the Australian and New Zealand generation and network sectors.

Access is password protected. The password and also your company Respondent Code/s were communicated in September 2017 in an email to your company Chief Executive and Safety Manager. Please refer to them first if you are authorised to access the report information (link below).

Please call the EEA on 04 473 8600 for any queries concerning this.

Leading indicators - Industry project

In February 2017, the EEA Safety Standards and Procedure Group (SSPG) agreed to support an industry-wide leading indicators project for occupational health and safety. The project was launched with the objective to complement the existing ESI lagging measures and further assist the industry in its aim to reduce harm. As part of this project, EEA and SSPG are actively engaged with StayLive (to link this work with generation sector developments) and Energy Networks Australia (to exchange on our respective industry-wide leading indicators project and for potential benchmark developments).

The first stage of this project involved EEA preparing a research paper on leading indicator monitoring practices at a company level in the electricity supply industry. The paper was presented at the EEA Conference in June 2017, with the intent to inspire industry discussion on any challenges and practical opportunities for the development of industry-wide leading indicators.

This discussion was on the agenda at the EEA H&S Workshop in October 2017, where EEA proposed a common industry definition of leading and lagging indicators, as well as a list of potential leading indicators for industry-wide monitoring. After consultation with the industry, StayLive and SSPG, a final set of five leading indicators was approved at the May SSPG meeting for industry-wide implementation. The proposal also incorporated minor updates to the existing lagging measures.

The full Conference paper and the lagging and leading indicators for industry-wide monitoring can be downloaded below. The new and reviewed measures will be implemented from July 2018 onwards.

Lagging indicators - Industry summary

An overview of total electricity industry lost time injury frequency rate trend ten years to June 2017 is publicly available below.

The electricity supply industry has experienced no fatalities for four consecutive years. While this is good news for our industry and our workers, it does not mean we can be complacent. A number of incidents in 2016/17, included a few fall from height incidents, could have potentially been fatal. As part of its work to provide better analysis of severity potential, EEA will ask companies participating in our annual statistics survey to provide a description of their top 10 significant events that resulted or could have resulted in fatality or serious harm over the reporting period.

The lost time injury trend has also been falling over the past decade, despite a recent 14% year-to-year increase. The graph above shows the ESI LTIFR (Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate) now revolves around one LTI per 200,000 hours worked. With the industry committed to significantly reduce serious harm to its workers, there are opportunities for improvement and a number of initiatives are led by EEA to further improve our safety performance, e.g. Back to Basics project, identification of industry priority health and safety risks, industry-wide leading indicators, safety alert reporting and analysis, work-related health monitoring.

The report also analyses incidents notified to EEA throughout the year as well as annual data to give a clearer view of where the risks are focused. Injuries resulting in more than a week away from work mainly involved slips, trips and falls, as well as being caught or struck by equipment, and lifting equipment.

Looking forward there are opportunities for the industry to work together to further improve reporting and to collaborate with other organisations, with the objective to provide meaningful industry benchmarking and share international best practice.

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