An oil rig or an oil platform is a structure purely designed to drill for oil. These are mainly based out in the middle of the ocean and are either directly anchored to the bottom of the ocean or may float on the surface. Either way when the tide is high or the weather gets rough it can get pretty dangerous to work on one of these which is when accidents at work occur.
What dangers are there working on a rig?
One of the main dangers of working on an oil rig is that you are surrounded by ocean which, if you fall in, can pull you under if the current is strong enough or cause hypothermia.
But when poor weather is added to the equation, the chance of an accident at work increases tenfold as you are often battling against strong winds and rough waves which could easily cause a fall injury at work. As well as this, the weather out at sea can also get stormy which means that lightning can strike, and with a large metal pylon in the middle of the rig, this can act as a conductor.
How to avoid an accident at work during bad weather?
If bad weather strikes make sure you do everything your manager tells you to in order to stay safe and avoid any serious work accidents. If the weather turns stormy, make sure you are wearing rubber soled shoes to discharge any static energy. Also avoid working up high as the current is likely to be stronger. If you can, stay away from the edge of the platform so you don’t risk falling or suffering a worse accident at work. Other than this, make sure you are wearing protective head gear in case any part of the rig becomes damaged in the storm and avoid staying out in the open where strong winds could cause a severe injury at work.
Bad weather can cause serious work injuries wherever you work but especially if you are out on the ocean as this is often where the storms start. But, if you have an accident at work that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Line is a law firm committed to helping their clients get the compensation they deserve. Speak to them today about how much your potential claim could be worth on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: February 25, 2014
Author: David Brown