Workplace Oil Rig Injuries
There are many occupations which are considered to be high risk but one that has an exceptionally high risk is that of working on an oil rig. As well as facing the normal hazards that those in other occupations may face such as slips, trips and manual handling, they have to deal with a lot of unique risks that come with working in such a unique environment.
Fortunately, there are strict rules and regulations that must be adhered to which mean that accidents on oil rigs are quite rare. However, they still do happen and when they do, they can lead to serious injuries and potentially prove fatal. The nature of the environment in which they occur can also mean that accidents affect far more people.
Main Risks on Oil Rigs
Oil rigs are unique constructions and as such the risks that are faced by those working on them can be unique too. Along with the usual risks such as manual handling, slips and trips, and working from a height the following risks exist on an oil rig:
- Difficult travel to the rig in difficult conditions
- Structural damage to rig caused by extreme natural conditions
- Release of gas
- Hazardous substances
- Heavy and awkward plant and equipment
Injuries which occur from these risks are typically of the more serious nature ranging from serious burns and lacerations to amputations and death.
Oil Rig Risk and Accident Statistics
In 2014/15, the health and safety executive stated that there was:
- 1 fatality
- Over 125 7 days and over injuries
- 369 dangerous occurrences
- 82 hydrocarbon releases
In law, all employees have a general duty of care to themselves and others. This includes complying with any procedures and practices put in place by their employers and they must use the equipment provided by the employer for their health and safety also.
Employers have a legal duty of care to their employees to ensure that the working environment they are on is safe and as free from risk as possible. Any risks that remain must be communicated and managed accordingly.
There are extensive health and safety regulations governing oil rigs but these can typically be put into 4 categories.
1. Risk Assessments
A risk assessment should be performed for each and every one of the operations on an oil rig. Risks should be identified and controls put in place to mitigate the risk. This includes putting in place measures to prevent any release of flammable or explosive substances. These risks should be communicated to employees so they are aware and have the opportunity to be consulted on them.
Once done, the rig should be operated in line with the safety plan put in place.
2. Safety and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Where risks cannot be mitigated, PPE and safety equipment should be issued. This equipment is designed to protect the workers from the potential harm from the remaining risks. This equipment should be appropriate and adequate for use. Examples include hard hats, hoists and gloves. Staff should be briefed on how to use this equipment and the equipment should be regularly maintained.
3. Train Workers
In such a difficult environment, it is vital that workers are adequately trained to perform their roles. Training should be provided to all staff to enable them to operate machines and equipment safely. Training can take place in many forms including on the job and classroom based.
4. Maintaining the structure
The structure of an oil rig is in the middle of a sea and the environment around it is treacherous. High winds, heavy seas and sinking into the seabed can cause structural damage. This can compromise the safety of employees and as such, it should be inspected and maintained regularly to ensure safety.
Can You Make a Claim?
If you have suffered personal injury as a result of an oil rig accident which wasn’t your fault, then you may be eligible to claim. Employers have to comply with regulations to ensure that workers safety is protected. If they haven’t complied with these regulations, they would be considered at fault if an accident and personal injury occurred.
The best way to be sure if you can make a claim is to get in touch with one of our lawyers and once they have heard the circumstances, they will be able to advise if they think a successful claim is possible.
How Can Injury Lawyers UK Help?
At Injury Lawyers UK, we have years of experience dealing with claims against employers. We understand how stressful a time this is especially if your current employer is involved so we can guide you through the process professionally and sensitively taking the hassle out of the situation for you.
Burn Injuries can be devastating. Not only are they painful but can also lead to a long recovery process which may involve surgeries, permanent scarring and rehabilitation. When pursuing a compensation claim, we always taking into consideration any past or future financial losses to yourself as well as any emotional trauma you may have suffered as a result of your injury.
Our team of lawyers and legal advisers speak in clear and plain English so you never feel overwhelmed by legal jargon. Initially, one of our legal advisers will talk to you about your case to advise whether you have a case for compensation. We have a no win, no fee policy so you never have to pay a penny unless we win your case.
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