An oil rig worker can be seen as a very dangerous career and the reason for this is that they simply face a higher risk of having an accident at work compared to other jobs on solid land.
What types of accidents at work occur on an oil rig?
Most oil rigs are based out in the middle of the ocean in the middle of nowhere, which immediately increases the risk for its employees. This is not only because they face a vastly different environment to people who live and work on land but that it is exposed to often extreme weather that areas on land are not. In fact, severe weather is a significant factor when it comes to attributing work injuries on oil rigs.
Of course, in addition to extreme weather, an oil rig worker is exposed to numerous risks including exposure to chemicals, falls from higher platforms and even potentially drowning. And the risks of these work accidents are even more likely when the sun goes down and the gale force winds start.
How to help prevent an accident at work?
Due to the nature of the work, the fact that the workers remain on the rig day and night and the environments that they work in, an oil rig worker is always at risk of a work accident. However, there are certain precautions an oil rig worker can take in order to help prevent a work injury. In addition to always wearing the correct safety equipment such as goggles and extras like safety harnesses, it’s important that the rig maintains strict protocols when it comes to keeping its employees protected from extreme weather when it arises.
It’s not ideal to suffer an accident at work at any time let alone when you’re on a oil rig miles out to sea so it’s extremely important that you take all steps to avoid being put at risk of a work accident.
If you have suffered an injury at work on an oil rig or somewhere on land and it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you make a claim for compensation. Possessing an expert legal team with over 15 years’ experience in personal injury claims, we can help make the claims process as stress- and hassle-free as possible.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss a potential claim, give us a call on our 24-hour freephone helpline 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile and speak to one of our professionally-trained advisors. Your call will be kept in complete confidence and you can be sure that your claim is in safe hands.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown