As working environments go, few can claim to pose as many dangers to health and safety at work as working on an oil rig. Exposure to the elements, heavy duty machinery and hazardous substances all combine to make workplace accidents a very real threat.
What kind of accidents at work happen on oil rigs?
Staff on oil rigs are at risk of a number of work accidents. The main ones include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Slips, trips and falls: Anything from sea spray to rain and industrial spillages can cause an employee to slip.
- Manual handling injuries: Many staff on oil rigs are tasked with lifting and moving heavy goods. This can easily lead to injuries at work if not done properly.
- Explosions: As they are tasked with dealing with hazardous substances using extraction methods that rely on high levels of pressure, it is not unheard of for workers on oil rigs to be victims of injuries from fires and other serious oil rig accidents.
What types of injuries are caused by accidents on oil rigs?
Given the size and scale of operations and the machines and chemicals all around the working environment, it is rare that an oil rig accident passes off without serious consequences. The most common injuries suffered by those involved in accidents on oil rigs are:
- Burns: Oil is highly combustible and once a fire takes hold on a rig it is extremely difficult to put out, making serious burns a common injury to oil-rig workers.
- Muscle pulls and strains: These injuries are typically caused by trying to lift too much or repeatedly operating heavy machinery.
- Broken bones: Whether it is a slip or fall over some stray equipment, a slippery surface or falling debris destroyed by high winds and other adverse weather, it is worryingly easy for an oil rig employee to suffer a bone break in an accident.
Of course, the most serious oil rig accidents, such as explosions or even structural damage causing the rig itself to sink, can cause fatalities. It is a high-risk, high-skilled and highly-pressured job.
What can I do if I am injured at work on an oil rig?
The first step is to call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 where our legal team can establish the strength of your work accident claim. The freephone service is available 24 hours a day.
Date Published: March 6, 2014
Author: David Brown