The general trend in operational injury has been downwards as the modernisation agenda has taken effect. Confirmation of the relationship between injury and exposure to the unsafe conditions of the operational environment.
Reflecting the relationship between injury and exposure to the unsafe conditions of the operational environment. The trend of incidents being attended is also on the increase.
In recent years the trend is that operational injury is increasing slightly year-on-year.
All injuries reported from the time of call until resources are either re-directed or return to a turn out location are recorded as 'operational'.
The majority occur before resources attend an incident.
The second largest proportion are a consequence of low or non-hazardous activities. A little under a quarter of all operational injuries involve critical decisions.
Closer analysis can show that the largest cause of injury at the 'moment of choice' results from skill based errors.
The second largest are mistakes that occur due to slips and lapses.
Could this knowledge enable FRSs to target intervention strategies?
Severity was measured based on the seven day threshold of Statutory Sick Pay.
By far the largest proportion of reported injuries did not result in absence from duty.
By far the most serious injury is occurring during response and is often associated with RTC's involving responding appliances and vehicles.