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Injury/Illness Survey

Issue: Since 1989, the CMI Health and Safety Committee has sponsored an annual Injury/Illness Survey of its member company’s. The data consists of:

  • total injury cases (TCR)
  • lost time from injury/illness cases (LTIR)
  • lost days from injury/illness cases
  • restricted work from injury/illness cases
  • days restricted due to injuries and illnesses
  • injuries and illnesses without lost work day cases
  • the number of hours worked
  • the type of line being used
Discussion: The most significant statistics calculated in the survey are the Lost Time Injury/Illness Rate (LTIR) and the Total Case Rate (TCR) for each company line type, as well as the industry and line type composites. The LTIR is a standard statistical measure of lost time and restricted work days due to work-related injuries and illnesses. The TCR performs a similar function, but also includes all recordable injuries and illnesses, regardless of whether work days were lost or restricted. These statistics allow member companies to compare their health and safety status relative to the industry as a whole and to other lines of the same type. The survey also provides an independent measure of injury/illness rates in the industry to contrast with those collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The names of participating members are kept strictly confidential; letters are arbitrarily assigned to the published data sets and members are informed only as to which letters correspond to their respective line types. Data is collected for beverage, end, and food/general lines. It was agreed by the CMI Health and Safety Committee that lithography/coating lines will be categorized under food/general lines.

The results of this survey should not be considered absolute. There may be a large number of reporting differences both between member companies and among different line types within an individual company. The differences may result from a lack of uniformity in record keeping procedures as well as differing interpretations of "recordable injuries". In an effort to continually improve the accuracy of this annual survey, the committee will consider further addressing these and other possible variabilities.