Wednesday Mornings Most Likely for Incidents/ Accidents

January 22, 2020

Following an analysis of Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) data over the last 4 years, Wm O’Brien, the heavy lift engineering solutions company,  has found that the most likely time for team members to have an incident / accident is on a Wednesday morning. Tracking statistics from 2016 to 2019, the company has shown that there is a 21% more likely risk on Wednesdays of an incident/accident compared to Fridays where it drops to only an 11% risk.



The statistics also show that the morning is the most likely time with a 61% chance of an incident/accident in comparison to the afternoon.

Source: Wm. O’Brien Integrated Management System, Events Register, 2016 – 2019

Commenting on the findings, John Enright, Head of Environmental Health & Safety at Wm. O’Brien said, “We were genuinely surprised at the findings as logically we thought it would more likely be the start or end of the week, but the data shows that people can potentially be more complacent about things in the middle of the week. In response to the findings, we are actively biasing extra safety activities, inspections and toolbox talks towards the middle of the week.

“For the last 4 years we have maintained our goal of ZERO Harm with no reportable accidents across all company activities. We know that it’s the attention to detail and the small things that matter when it comes to ongoing safety and we constantly encourage the team to never get complacent when it comes to working safely.”

The figures were taken from Wm. O’Brien’s events register where all near misses, good catches, incidents and accidents are tracked in line with the company’s integrated management system, incorporating ISO9001_2015 (quality management system), ISO14001_2015 (environmental management system) and IS045001_2018 (occupational health and safety).

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