Accidents can happen in any kind of working environment, from offices to oil rigs and anywhere in between. While some risks are similar in all occupations, others are more specific to certain jobs.
The main risk of accidental injury at work for office employees remains to be the risk of injuries by slips, trips or falls. Slips on wet flooring and trips over objects on the floor (poorly laid wiring; loose carpet edges; boxes on the floor, etc) are particularly common.
- Other risks
Additional risks of accidents at work in offices include injury by electrocution, fires or explosions due to faulty or poorly maintained equipment. Poor positioning or prolonged repetitive activities causing repetitive strain injuries or other musculoskeletal disorders are also comparatively common.
Oil rig workers
The possible risks as mentioned for office employees obviously also apply to employees working on offshore oil rigs. Workers are, however, also exposed to other risks of work accidents, often with potentially much more serious consequences. To begin with, transport to and from work is often done by helicopter, the inherent risks of which are obvious.
- Poor weather conditions
A great deal of the work on rigs is done outside, often during poor weather conditions. Hurricanes have the potential to inflict serious damage to platforms and, of course, workers. Wind, rain, ice and snow often make working procedures and surfaces extremely dangerous, significantly heightening the risk of work related accidents.
- Gas and oil
Extracting oil or gas from below the seabed typically involves a great deal of pressure. Combined with the hazardous nature of these substances, this often leads to fires and explosions. The tragic results of such workplace accidents have been known to include amputations, severe burns and many fatalities.
The heavy plant and equipment on oil rigs can be exceptionally awkward to handle. Working collectively under extremely difficult circumstances occasionally leads to workplace injuries through mistakes made by one or more members of the team.
- Structural dangers
Structural collapse and sinking of oil rigs have sadly also been known to claim the lives of many workers and cause serious work injuries to others.
What all workers have in common is the fact that if they suffered injuries at work through no fault of their own, they could be entitled to industrial injury compensation. With years of experience, Accident Advice Helpline is the perfect law firm to handle work injury compensation claims. Call our Freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to learn more.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice