Working on an oil platform is a pretty demanding job. You would usually work there for a few weeks at a time before having a few weeks off on the mainland. There are various roles that are taken on in this workplace, such as engineers, logistics workers and rig administrators. Other roles include drillers and derrickmen.
As you can imagine, working on an oil rig exposes you to an unusual workplace few would ever find themselves in. You may be required to work at height so you’ll need a head for heights, especially if you want to be a driller. You will of course be trained in whatever job you want to do, but even if heights are not involved you would have to be willing to work in situations that could be dirty and hot.
Are accidents common in these circumstances?
Actually no – the training everyone receives in order to be able to carry out their duties means there are few accidents that occur on an oil platform. However, with the inherent danger that could potentially be present, you can see that things might potentially go wrong from time to time.
For example, working at height will happen on a regular basis in this role. You could be working several metres off the ground but you will have a harness and other safety equipment to help keep you safe at all times. Plenty of safety signs will also help remind you of what you need to do. Despite the work to be done, there is little chance of an accident occurring that might lead to oil platform accident compensation being paid out in the future.
A downward trend
According to the Health and Safety Executive, there is a downward trend occurring with regard to fatalities and serious injuries incurred on an oil platform. Dangerous occurrences and those that incur injuries do still happen, but the trend is going in the right direction. Some instances are perhaps more common than others, such as slips, trips and falls for example.
If you have been injured on an oil platform and you are wondering whether oil platform accident compensation could potentially be due to you, call Accident Advice Helpline now. Our number is free to call on 0800 689 0500. Speak to one of our team members and see whether you could claim any compensation.
Date Published: September 24, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead