When the largest petroleum spill in the history of the industry happened in 2010 at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, only 11 workers were killed and 16 injured. Although any accidental loss of life is always horrifying, the fact that so few were injured by such a massive explosion is a testament to the improved safety regulations of the oil industry. Back in the eighties, there were at least six major oil rig disasters, all of which resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives.
Preventing injuries on oil rigs
Despite the improved conditions, oil rigs are still extremely dangerous places to work. Situated as they are out at sea, they are regularly battered by storm-force winds and waves many storeys high. Many workers have to work outside in these conditions, where they perform strenuous physical tasks that would be dangerous even in pleasant weather.
Workers must be highly skilled, trained, and supervised in order to work safely in these conditions. All equipment must be regularly and meticulously checked to ensure its functionality. Safety equipment must be of the highest standard, and provisions must be put into place to stop fires from spreading and to prevent blast damage to the structure of the rig itself.
What to do if you have been injured on an offshore oil rig
No worker should ever be put in unnecessary danger as part of their job, so if you have been injured in an accident on an oil rig that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. As the improved statistics show, safety regulations really do work. If you feel that your employer hasn’t abided by these regulations in any way, your injury may have been preventable.
To discuss your situation in detail, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. They’ll be able to tell you whether or not your claim is likely to be successful, and what next steps you should take. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation. We firmly believe that personal injury compensation claims should be conducted with the minimum of hassle to the claimant themselves, which is why almost all of our claims are conducted entirely by telephone, and on a no win, no fee basis.