Though normally placed in isolated and desolate places, working on oil rigs has one major advantage over many other occupations, the commute to work. Other than being a rockstar or a prominent politician, few other careers offer the opportunity to arrive in such style as stepping off a helicopter to begin your day’s work.
It can be an eclectic experience but unfortunately, there are a number of risks associated with travel by helicopter, and as a result they have been a major source of workplace accidents.
How come these accidents occur?
Helicopters are statistically a very safe way to travel, but the location of North Sea oil rigs makes for some very harsh weather conditions and as a result a helicopter can encounter a number of difficulties upon approach. From 1976 until 2002, just over 48 million passengers were transported to and from offshore installations on the UKCS. Over 6 million sectors were flown taking about 2.7 million flying hours.
During this time 7 fatal accidents claimed the lives of 88 offshore workers and flight crew. As recently as August of this year, 2013, four people tragically lost their lives as a result of a helicopter crash, when their Puma AS332 L2 ran into difficulties as it came in to land just south of the Shetland Islands. Fourteen survivors were stranded in freezing waters as their means of transport suffered a catastrophic loss of power.
Just a few days ago, 19 oil rig workers had to be rescued from the same area when their helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing.
I’ve suffered injuries as the result of a helicopter accident. Does this count as a workplace accident even though it was on the way to work?
If you have suffered as the result of a helicopter accident on an oil platform then don’t despair. An offer of compensation may not rectify the situation, but don’t let such accidents deter you in your claim for compensation. You can make a claim if the accident has happened within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to provide friendly, professional assistance on our Freephone helpline and you are under no obligation to proceed with any advice. Our advice lines are open 24/7 and you can find out in less than 30 seconds on our website if you’re able to qualify for compensation.
Date Published: November 20, 2013
Author: David Brown