The mere mention of TRIF strikes fear into the hearts of construction leaders. And for good reason, as a subpar TRIF score can be a veritable death knell for those who chase bid work.
TRIF stands for total recordable injury frequency, aka the gold standard of safety metrics. This rather harsh, and arguably maladapted KPI, measures recordable safety incidents. The article below explains how TRIF can be misleading, as it unfairly penalizes small and mid-size companies who employ fewer than 100 workers.
Safety managers are well-acquainted with the OHS criteria governing incident reporting. And by OHS standards, a superficial laceration (requiring medical aid) is statistically equivalent to a paralyzing spinal injury—from a reporting standpoint. Now bear in mind that OHS draws no distinction between mental and physical injuries. Hence, a WCB claim for anxiety or burnout (psych injuries are up 2700% in recent years) impacts a TRIF score the same as a fractured femur.