Although there are a number of occupations with a high risk of suffering an accident at work, there is perhaps none quite as dangerous as working oil rigs.
Oil rig users face many of the more common workplace accidents such as slips, trips and falls and repetitive strain injuries from manual handling. However, in addition to this they are exposed to a number of unique and highly dangerous risks in the workplace. In this article we’ll be having a look at why oil rigs are such dangerous places to work.
Transport to and from work
In addition to the potential accidents at work, oil rigs are normally only accessible by helicopter. This in itself creates a serious risk of an accident due to the extreme weather conditions at sea.
Burns and explosions
The sole reason oil rig workers are employed is to extract oil. Pressure can build up during the extraction of oil, which has the potential to cause a catastrophic explosion.
Slips, trips and falls
Oil workers are at a high risk of suffering a slip or trip in the course of their work. There is an increased chance of slipping or tripping on an oil rig due to the sea spray which can accumulate on the platform. Coupled with surface contamination from oil spillages, this makes oil rigs and platforms and extremely dangerous place to suffer a slip or trip.
Plant and heavy machinery
Oil rig workers will use a variety of plant and heavy machinery in the course of their work. This can also increase the risk of being involved in an accident.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice