A lost time injury (LTI) is an injury sustained by an employee that will to a loss of productive work time. An injury is considered an LTI only when the injured worker is unable to perform regular job duties, takes time off for recovery, or is assigned modified work duties while recovering.
What Is a Lost Time Injury? A general lost time injury definition is: a work-related incident that results in a worker being unable to return to work. Safe Work Australia states, “A lost-time injury is something that results in a fatality, permanent disability or time lost from work. It could be as little as one day or shift.”
The incident becomes an OSHA recordable, adding a blemish to a company’s safety record, and leads to unplanned downtime. Between the time off, incident investigation, paperwork, and production loss, the cost of a lost time accident can add up quickly. So how can a lost time accident be avoided?
A lost time accident is an accident occurring at work that results in at least one full day away from work duties. This does not count the day on which the injury occurred or the day on which the employee returns to the job. The number of days counted in the lost days' report includes weekends, holidays and days used for vacation.
A "non OSHA recordable" is an injury, illness, or instance of lost time or lost work days that does not have to be recorded on OSHA specified forms by an employer because it does not meet the ...
The lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) is calculated using two pieces of essential information: the LTI within a given time frame, and the amount of hours worked in that time frame. The other element of the equation is the standardized rate, that is to say, there are X number of LTIs per a set amount of time.
A lost-time injury is something that results in a fatality, permanent disability or time lost from work. It could be as little as one day or shift. LTIFR refer to the number of lost-time injuries within a given accounting period, relative to the total number of hours worked in that period. LTIFR is a proxy measurement for safety performance.
Rates are calculated as N × 200,000 ÷ EH N = number of injuries and illnesses, or number of lost workdays. EH = total hours worked by all employees during a month a quarter, or fiscal year. 200,000 = base for 100 full-time equivalent workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year). 1960.2(k)
What do I do if a physician or other licensed health care professional recommends a job restriction meeting OSHA's definition, but the employee does all of his or her routine job functions anyway? You must record the injury or illness on the OSHA 300 Log as a restricted work case.
Arthur G. Sapper is a partner in the OSHA Practice Group of McDermott Will & Emery, a former deputy general counsel of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and a former professor of OSHA law. He has participated in numerous audits and cases involving OSHA injury recordkeeping, and can be reached at 202-756-8246 or [email protected].