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