You can claim for a gas rig injury just as you can for any other workplace accident. The fact that working on the rigs is inherently dangerous does not in any way diminish your employer’s responsibility for your health and safety. If you have not been given adequate training, supervision or support, and you have been injured as a result, the chances are that you are entitled to compensation.
Compensation cases normally need to be brought within three years, and they can only be made if you have received professional medical treatment for your injuries. If you are unsure about your particular circumstances, you can call Accident Advice Helpline at any time. We are always ready to listen to your story and help you to work out your options. Sometimes we are even able to estimate the amount of compensation to which you might be entitled.
An employer’s duties
Every employer in the UK has a duty to protect employees from unnecessary risk. This duty starts with providing adequate training so that, in the context of a rig, you can safely move around and use the equipment provided, and you are familiar with emergency protocols. That equipment must be maintained in a safe condition and replaced when necessary.The rig must be kept as safe as possible, free from trip and slip hazards and things that could fall on you. Unavoidable hazards must be clearly signposted and, when visibility is poor, you must be told about them. In addition to this, your employer must take account of your own capabilities and, for example, not ask you to do something for which you are not strong enough.
In the event of an accident, your employer must log what has happened in the company’s accident book, and usually your direct supervisor would do this. If a serious injury is sustained, a report should also go to the Health and Safety Executive.
Making a claim
Some aspects of employment law are complicated, so if you want to claim for a gas rig injury, it is a good idea to have a specialist industrial accident solicitor representing you. At Accident Advice Helpline, our national reach means that we have access to a number of such solicitors and we should be able to match you up with one quickly. We can arrange for you to communicate with your solicitor by phone so that you can keep in touch with developments in your case, even if you are still out working on the rig.
We use a no win, no fee* system for all our clients. This means that you won’t have to pay anything if we lose the case and you won’t need any money to get it started. If you want more clarification on how this or any other aspect of our case handling works, just pick up the phone. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Winning compensation is a good way to get problems on the rig fixed properly, making everyone safer in the future. It will also ease your financial worries and allow you to concentrate on your recovery.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident at work claim