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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