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The dangers of offshore oil drilling

We use oil to fuel cars and airplanes, heat our homes and supply energy to the power industry. But the workers who extract oil to energize our modern world engage in risky business. Even taking safety precautions, accidents on an offshore oil platform can still happen. And when they do, they often result in serious — and sometimes fatal — injuries.


Potential hazards

There are countless accidents that can take place when you’re working on an offshore oil rig. The oil business itself is one of the most dangerous industries, and offshore sites put workers at high risk of injury, and unfortunately sometimes death.

Below are just three dangers to be aware of when working on an oil rig:

  • Falls — Although you’re probably required to wear sturdy, durable boots to prevent from slipping, it is still a possibility to slip and fall on an offshore oil platform. In addition, oil rigs usually extend a few stories above water. This means that if you do slip and fall, you have a long way to go. Not to mention, because offshore oil rigs are located in the water, floor surfaces are much more likely to be wet.
  • Fatigue — Oil extraction is no easy task. Workers have to put in long hours every day, usually up to 12 hours. Because oil is in such high demand, you may work tirelessly to produce thousands of barrels each day. This amount of work can leave you feeling exhausted. But when you’re tired, you are more vulnerable to accidents and injury because you can’t react as quickly in an emergency situation.
  • Fires — Not only is oil itself flammable even in it’s unrefined state, it’s often necessary to use chemicals such as hydrogen sulfide to extract it. In the blink of an eye, a harmless spark caused by a rig mechanism can cause fires and even explosions.

Seek the help you need

If you received an injury in an offshore drilling accident, it’s crucial that you take the necessary steps toward recovery. Get medical treatment immediately, even if it’s not an emergency. Your injury could keep you from work, which means you may be facing lost wages and even permanent disability. If that is the case, you may be eligible for compensation for your workplace injury.