Oil rigs are among the most dangerous working environments and they present many dangers. Statistics from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) show that in 2011/2012 there were two fatalities, 39 major injuries and 95 injuries requiring more than three days off work sustained by oil rig workers. Oil rigs are unique workplaces in that they’re located off shore, which means they can only be accessed by air or sea. It also means that in case of an accident, the nearest hospital is many miles away and the only way to transport injured staff is by helicopter. Other unique risk factors for oil rigs include:

  • Both the rigs and the workers are subject to hostile weather conditions
  • Oil rigs have been known to collapse or sink
  • Oil itself is both slippery and highly flammable
  • Workers on oil rigs are exposed to a variety of other toxic substances
  • Injuries can occur when operating heavy machinery

The most common injuries sustained by oil rig workers are slips, trips and falls, harmful effects of exposure to toxic substances and injuries sustained from accidents involving heavy machinery. If you’ve been involved in an accident whilst working on an oil rig and your employer was at least partly to blame you may be able to claim compensation.

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Health and Safety on Oil Rigs

Employers are responsible for ensuring a safe working environment for their staff.

  • The rig owner or operator must create safety procedures and oversee the implementation of those procedures.  They must also ensure that all safety procedures are kept up to date.
  • They must ensure that all staff receive the necessary training to make sure they can carry out their roles safely and efficiently.
  • The employer must always act responsibly and carefully when making decisions about the operation of the rig.
  • All equipment and machinery must be stringently maintained.  Any damaged equipment must be repaired immediately.  No equipment must be used unless it’s in full working order.
  • Communication is vital and any new procedures or changes to existing procedures must be communicated to the relevant members of staff.  Breakdowns in communication can cause accidents.
  • Employers are responsible for issuing staff with all necessary safety equipment such as goggles, gloves and protective clothing.

  If you work on an oil rig and you suffered an accident at work because your employer didn’t adhere to the above guidelines, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

How to Make a Claim

If you work on an oil rig and you’ve been injured in an accident as the result of your employer’s negligence, you may have a valid claim to compensation. There are time limits known as a statute of limitations which prevent you from submitting a claim after a certain amount of time has elapsed.  It’s therefore important to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible. Your solicitor will be able to advise you whether you have a good claim and what you should do next. For more information on how Cute Injury can help, get in touch with us today

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