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    Dangerous chemicals you could be exposed to whilst working on an oil rig


    When working on an oil rig, there are a number of dangerous chemicals you could be exposed to. Working on an oil rig is already one of the most dangerous jobs around before you even consider chemical inhalation.

    Slips, trips and falls, for example, are a very real threat to workers on oil rigs. The consequences of seemingly innocuous falls can be devastatingly serious.

    What are some of the dangerous chemicals you could be exposed to whilst working on an oil rig?

    Oil companies and employers have to follow stringent health and safety procedures. When you think about the dangerous chemicals and the consequences of being exposed to them, it’s easy to see why.

    Ultrafine particulates

    Ultrafine particulates can be easily breathed in and spread throughout the body. This is more than likely to cause long-term respiratory problems.

    Hydrogen sulfide

    The majority of oil rigs release high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide (H2S). This can be extremely dangerous to the health of the employees. Pipeline operators and crude oil shippers are the most at risk. The consequences of prolonged exposure to hydrogen sulfide include:

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    • Paralysis
    • Leukaemia
    • Other cancers
    • Death

    There are other symptoms and side-effects as well. Though these are less serious, they can be distressing and uncomfortable. These side-effects include:

    • Headaches
    • Dizziness and nausea
    • Irritation to the eyes and skin
    • Chemical burns

    How can I avoid suffering illness and injuries on an oil rig?

    The extreme dangers of working on an oil rig are precisely why such comprehensive measures are in place. This includes the mandatory provision and wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

    For example, proper facial, eye and respiratory masks and protection must be worn by all employees. If the necessary Personal Protective Equipment is not provided, then the employers may be liable for work illness compensation.

    Unlike other accidents at work, respiratory problems from the exposure to dangerous chemicals are not subject to the same three-year deadline. This is because it often takes longer than three years for the symptoms to manifest themselves.

    If you think you may be due work illness compensation, then call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our expert advisors can offer a no-obligation consultation before you make a decision on your claim.

    Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis so call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.

    Date Published: March 17, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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