As with most things that are challenging and a step away from the norm, the dangers of working on an oil rig are unique, complex and accidents at work can be fatal.
Accidents at work: Oil rig
As well as the usual accidents at work, such as slips and trips, oil rigs present a myriad of hazards which can cause work-related injuries and fatalities.
Top 5 common oil rig accidents
- Accidents due to adverse weather conditions – oil rig workers work outdoors in all weathers, from snow and gales to blistering heat. Illnesses can occur due to the weather, as well as slips, trips and falls.
- Human error – although human error can occur in all fields, a simple mistake when working on an oil rig can cause an employee and/or their colleague to lose their lives. This includes correctly handling equipment and performing assigned duties.
- Exposure to hazardous substances – working on an oil rig you are at risk of exposure to hazardous substances that if handled incorrectly could cause illness.
- Collapsing oil rigs – while is one of the less common oil rig specific accidents, oil rigs have been known to collapse and take their workers with it. Of course, this can lead to a number of injuries from fractures to fatalities.
- Explosions and fires – extracting oil under high pressure can sometimes cause an explosion to occur and a fire to break out. This can cause burns of varying severity and sometimes deaths.
Who is to blame for my oil rig injury?
If you have sustained an injury while working on an oil rig, it is possible that the blame for your injury can be placed on your employer. In the case that you were working responsibly and you are sure you are not the cause of the harm you have suffered, your employer could be liable.
While at work, and travelling to and from the oil rig, your employer is legally obliged to ensure your safety and to maintain working conditions to minimise the risk to you and your colleagues. When you become injured, this duty has not been undertaken to a satisfactory standard and therefore your case may be eligible for personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is a legal firm with over 15 years’ experience in dealing with personal injury claims, including those that have occurred due to accidents at work. Call their 24/7 advice line today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile for their expert opinion on your claim.
Date Published: February 13, 2014
Author: David Brown