Most occupations carry a risk, but there are few that are as dangerous as working on an oil rig. Oil rig workers face a wide range of hazards, from those faced by most employees on a day-to-day basis, to unique dangers presented by the unusual nature of the job and the ever-changing working environment. If you’ve been injured in an oil rig accident or you know somebody who is a victim of accidents at work, you may wish to think about claiming compensation.
Work accidents: Oil rig incidents
It is true to say that the majority of workers in the UK face a risk of work accidents; however, few occupations carry the risks of working on an oil rig. From the common concerns, such as slips, trips and falls, to the potential dangers of explosions, helicopter crashes and oil rig collapse, it is evident that employees operate in a truly unique and potentially very threatening environment.
Before workers even start their roles, there are risks associated with the helicopter journey; recrntly, a helicopter carrying workers from the Borgsten Dolphin platform crashed into the North Sea, killing four people. The weather conditions also cause problems, as often workers are based outside and subjected to high winds and torrential rain.
Workplace accidents: How common is structural collapse?
Thankfully, improvements in health and safety measures and stringent testing have contributed to a significant decrease in the number of workers suffering work-related injuries; however, accidents do still happen. Fortunately, structural collapse is rare; there have only been a handful of incidents since the 1980’s, and rescue crews are so quick to react now that the number of casualties has been minimal. The major risk factors for collapse are technical failure and adverse weather conditions, but oil rigs are subjected to rigorous testing and the risk of collapse is now much lower than in previous decades.
Work accident compensation: Can I claim for an oil rig accident?
If you’ve been injured while working on an oil rig and you were not to blame, you may be able to claim work injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has been enabling people to claim compensation for work injuries for more than 15 years now and the firm has established an excellent reputation. If you are interested in finding out more about work injury claims, visit the website and take the simple 30-second eligibility test or ring the 24-hour advice line on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.