Working on an oil rig is one of the most hazardous occupations a person can do. Apart from being swept out to sea by waves 50ft or more, there are strong gusts of wind that can blow you off walkways, when you’re unceremoniously deposited on the deck below.
People working in the petrochemical industry often remain on permanent structures marooned in high seas for months at a time. Offshore oil platforms are operating in most of the planet’s oceans to exploit oil and gas reserves in, for example the North Sea, the Pacific Ocean or the Caspian Sea.
Before specialists can extract oil from an oil field, they must drill and before they can do that, a geological survey of a potential site must be completed. If the survey says there’s oil, a mobile exploration rig is towed out to sea to the area in question.
Erecting any kind of rig is very dangerous, even when the sea is calm any number of accidents can occur. In shallow waters (up to depths of 110m/361 ft) specialists erect a jack-up rig, but in deeper waters of up to 1,500m/5,000 ft, a semi-submersible rig must be used.
They are floated to the spot where they are to “anchored” and will be partially flooded with sea water, allowing the major part of the rig to be submerged. The whole structure is anchored to the sea bed.
Special support craft supply rigs and platforms with everything they need and there are also vessels that lay pipes to transfer oil to the shore.
If you were the victim of an accident in the petrochemical industries and were injured in an accident at work within the last 3 years, an accident solicitor in Chatton or other legal specialist in personal injury claims may be able to win compensation for you.
Even if you suffered injuries in a less dramatic fashion, say a fall due to faulty climbing equipment while travelling in the Cheviot Hills with an organised climbing group or an accident at sea while you were visiting Holy Island on a tourist cruise, you can still claim compensation, if somebody else was at fault and caused your injuries.
To qualify for a personal injury claim with an accident solicitor in Chatton:
• Your accident must have been the result of somebody else’s negligence
• Your accident must have happened within the last 3 years
Visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website and complete their 30-second test. You’ll see straight away if you qualify for a claim.
Their compensation calculator will estimate how much compensation you might win with the help of an accident solicitor in Chatton or other Accident Advice Helpline legal partner.
All Accident Advice Helpline legal partners offer a no win no fee service, so you don’t have to wait and can start your claim immediately.
Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 and speak to an adviser. Lines are available 24/7.
Date Published: 12th July 2013