Working on an oil rig is not your average job. You may be there for several weeks before going back to the mainland to go home for a while. Then you will return again for another few weeks, and so the pattern continues. While you’d think of drillers and other demanding jobs being taken on by people working on these rigs, there are other roles to be filled as well. For example chefs will work in the restaurant, there will be cleaners and other staff there who all contribute to the safe running of the oil rig.
Despite the often-demanding surroundings, the incidence of accidents happening in this situation is actually quite low. Health and safety regulations are adhered to in great detail, which means there is a much-reduced chance of accidents happening to anyone working on an oil rig.
Why might oil rig staff compensation be paid?
Compensation can sometimes be paid out when a member of staff is injured because negligence has occurred. This can potentially happen in a number of ways. For example if proper signage is not present that warns of dangers or hazards in an area, it might mean someone is injured when this could otherwise be avoided. Alternatively inappropriate work equipment could lead to someone falling from height. Even something as simple as a person slipping over because something was spilled in the canteen and not cleared up or marked out as a hazard could lead to oil rig staff compensation becoming a possibility.
That’s why it is usually a good idea to contact a professional lawyer so you can see whether you are in a situation where compensation might be payable.
How to find out more information
It is obviously a good idea to get as much information as you can from a professional and experienced source when you have had an accident on an oil rig. You have three years from the date of your accident to do this.
Make sure you phone us at Accident Advice Helpline as you are entitled to no-obligation advice when you do. Call on 0800 689 0500 and you can find out the answers to all the questions you may well have at this stage. You may soon be on the receiving end of a compensation payment if you have enough proof to support a claim following an accident.
Date Published: September 24, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead