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Why do people work on oil rigs?

Working on an oil rig, or an offshore oil drilling platform, is a tough job. It’s dangerous. It’s physically demanding. It’s remote. If you do get injured, you could be hundreds of miles from a hospital. Workers suffer serious injuries and even die on these rigs every year.

So, why do people do it? Why take those types of risks? Some of the perks include:

  • You tend to work for only two-fifths of the year. You get a lot of time off compared to a normal 9-5 job, which may just give you two weeks vacation out of 52 weeks every year.
  • You often have to work for 14 days in a row, but then you get the next three weeks (21 days) off. Those 14 days are intense, but having three weeks for every break allows for travel, vacations and time with family.
  • The accommodations on an oil rig are better than many people realize. Some have compared them to five-star hotels.
  • You do not have to pay for things like travel, laundry, utilities, rent or food while you’re on the rig. The company covers these costs in addition to your salary.
  • Since you have no costs and you’re so far from the mainland, you typically do not spend any of that money for two weeks at a time. This makes it easier to save, if you so desire.

As you can see, oil rig jobs can be very alluring. This means many workers deliberately put themselves in harm’s way. Those who get hurt, and the families of those who pass away, must know what legal options they have.