The Forum has paused its Benchmarking Project
We have been considering this move for some time as the almost unrivalled status of Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rates (TRIFR) as the “industry standard” for safety performance has come under growing criticism.
Recent research, including the Construction Health and Safety NZ (CHASNZ) resource on Leading Indicators has considered whether injury frequency rates such as TRIFR and Lost Time Injury Frequency Rates (LTIFR) are useful as predictors of future accidents. Included in these findings were that:
there is no discernible association between TRIFR and fatalities
the occurrence of recordable injuries is almost entirely random (i.e., not predictable)
TRIFR or LTIFR are not precise measures and should not be communicated to multiple decimal points of precision
in nearly every practical circumstance it is statistically invalid to use TRIFR to compare companies, businesses units, projects or teams
TRIFR is predictive only over very long periods of time (100 months or more).
The Forum remains committed to one of our four strategic pillars of developing insights and learning which is why we will be ensuring our State of a Thriving Nation report becomes an annual report, which involves regular assessment of the wider health and safety, and business ecosystem performance.
We will also be exploring simpler approaches for tracking Forum member health and safety performance.