There are numerous dangers associated with falling over on an oil rig. A fall on an oil rig can also cause a number of significant injuries. Of course, the ultimate danger is that you fall overboard completely and plunge into the sea.
What can cause falling over on an oil rig?
Oil rigs have a reputation as one of the most dangerous working environments for a very good reason – they are. Few places of work combine such harsh, unforgiving surroundings with such physically intense work and dangerous chemicals.
When looking at potential hazards to safety on an oil rig, there’s only one place to start – the sea. Mother Nature can be cruel and demanding. Workers on oil rigs can expect to be rocked by waves and battered by sea spray.
The amount of water splashed onto oil rigs inevitably makes the surfaces extremely slippery. As well as water on the rig itself, swells and movements below can also cause the rig to rock. This can easily cause a trip or fall accident.
What are the consequences of falling over on an oil rig?
If you’re lucky, your subsequent injuries will not be any worse than a sprain or some uncomfortable bruising. However, it’s more likely that your injuries will be considerably more serious.
Broken bones and dislocations are common consequences of slips and fall on oil rigs. Of course, after falling into the sea, head injuries are the most serious danger, especially when you consider the practicalities. Given the remote locations of oil rigs, it can be a long time before proper help arrives.
How can I avoid accidents on an oil rig?
Such is the danger of working on an oil rig, doing so is subject to stringent health and safety procedures. Part of this includes the provision of extensive Personal Protective Equipment or PPE.
On an oil rig, PPE would include jackets, waterproof trousers, gloves and safety boots. A good reliable grip is essential for walking around the uniquely challenging environment.
If you are injured in an accident on an oil rig, then you may be due work accident compensation. Employers have a responsibility towards the health and safety of their employees whilst at work. If they fail to meet this responsibility, they may be liable.
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Date Published: March 17, 2017
Author: Accident Advice