Work accidents are a major concern in any occupation. According to the HSE, in 2011/12 over one half (53 per cent) of major work place accidents were as a result of a slip, trip or fall. Perhaps nowhere is the risk of such an accident as high as on an oil rig. The sheer number of hazardous surfaces and materials on board an oil rig make for a very dangerous work environment and no matter how careful you are, accidents can still happen!
How can I prevent the chance of accidents at work on an oil rig?
You can prevent the chances of a slip, trip or fall by taking some of the following precautions:
- Keeping all work surfaces clear of oil, tools and debris. Obstacles such as tools can pose a serious hazard, especially in an environment such as an oil rig, where there is a greater risk of falling debris and tools from upper platforms.
- Wearing adequate safety protection (e.g. hard hats, protective gloves, waterproof shoes). The effects of a slip, trip or fall can be greatly reduced by wearing the appropriate protection. Protective gloves can provide extra grip. A hard hat may be the difference between a serious and a mild head injury.
- Conducting a pre-inspection in order to ensure all surfaces are in reasonable condition. A thorough check of any work surfaces can reduce the chances of an accident.
- Ensuring proper maintenance of ladders. Be sure to check that all ladders are adequately secured and that there are no missing rungs.
- Using all guard and handrails. Appropriate guard and handrails should be installed on all oil rigs to minimise the chances of an injury.
- Installing floor plugs to ensure that cables are not trailing across the ground. There is no shortage of equipment and tools needed on board an oil rig. A loose cable can be deadly in a hazardous environment.
- Using non-slip surfaces where appropriate. Rubber mats and other accessories can help to reduce the chances of a slip, trip, or fall.
- Reporting any spillages of materials which may pose a hazard. Being vigilant is paramount to your safety in any occupation. Make sure to report any potential hazards which may cause you or your co-workers a serious injury.
Remember though, accidents can still happen and if you’ve been the victim of a slip, trip or fall on an oil rig, and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to work accident compensation. Be sure to contact Accident Advice Helpline for more information.