Safety & Risk Management

SUU Annual Employee Injury Report
July 2017 to July 2018

This report was created using the data collected by the SUU Accident Reporting and Investigation Procedures and the Workers Compensation Fund. Visit our webpage to learn more about the SUU Accident Reporting and Investigation Procedures.

During the months between July 2017 and July 2018, there have been a total of 50 reported employee injuries which required some sort of help from a medical professional.

The purpose of sharing this report is to help SUU employees be aware of the common injuries here at Southern Utah University. We will also show you how you can get involved with campus safety programs so that you can be a part of helping us achieve our goal of having an Injury Free Campus.

A graph depicting the area of the body an injury occurred.

This graph indicates that 24% of all injuries were on the leg or knee. The next largest groups were the hand and wrist and the head and face areas of the body. 

Graph depicting the nature of injuries.

The graph tells us that the most common type of injury this year was Strains and Sprains. Contusions and crushes were also pretty common.

Graph depicting the types of injuries.

Though very similar to the Nature of Injury graph, the Accident Type graph gives us very different information. This one helps us to identify which types of accidents are most common on the campus workplace. The most frequent type of accident is to be hit against or hit by something. This category can range from anything from being struck by a falling storage box or walking into a set of open drawers.

The keys to reducing the accidents within your department will be to identify the hazards and then apply the appropriate safety controls to prevent injuries from happening. For more information on hazard identification and control, contact the Safety & Risk Management office.

A graph of injuries based on length of employment.

To help us know which employees are most likely to get injured on the job, we can compare the factor of length of employment. From the data we can see that there is definitely a correlation between being a new employee and getting injured. The fact that most of these injuries came from employees that haven’t been employed at SUU for long indicates that certain departments may need to improve their new-employee safety training programs or they need to more strictly enforced safety policies among the newer employees.

Does your department have a new employee safety training program? The SUU Safety and Risk Management Office is dedicated to assisting campus departments to establish meaningful new employee safety training. Contact our office for assistance today at (435)586-7901.

A graph of injuries counted by the claimant's age.

This graph compares the amount of injuries with the individual age groups of the employees that were injured. The fact that 20-29 year old employees were the most injury prone group once again confirms the idea that proper training and policy enforcement may be key solutions for injury prevention in the campus workplace. The employees that fall into this category are most likely to have only been working as SUU employees for a short time.

If we look more in depth into the data and into the specific cases reported, we can see that injuries among the younger employees such as the 20-29 year old group are generally less severe than the few injuries sustained by employees in the older groups.

After reviewing the information given here and understanding it, it’s safe to say that there is room for improvement here at SUU. We hope that this report will help you to be more aware of the hazards that are associated with your job. Below you will find some safety tips that you can apply in your workplace to avoid some of SUU’s most common injuries. Thank you for helping us in our goal to create an Injury Free Campus.

For assistance in developing a safety program for your department or any other safety concerns, please contact the SUU Safety and Risk Management office at (435)586-7901.

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