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Working on an oil rig can be a dangerous job: Here’s why

Working on an oil rig is not always as safe as it may appear. While you are in a contained environment, you’re also far from medical help and assistance when it’s needed. It can be hard to get care to you quickly, which can be a problem if there is an explosion or accident on the rig.

Did you know that there are around 1,500 oil rigs in the oceans today? Though there are so many and the work is financially rewarding, there are still a number of serious accidents that have taken place on them. Safety is usually taken seriously, but even so, accidents still happen.

Why? There are a few reasons. These include:

  • Working a physically demanding job
  • Working long hours
  • Being away from family and friends, which can lead to psychological stress
  • Bring surrounded by the ocean, which can be unpredictable
  • Working with combustible materials
  • Working with heavy equipment and machinery

When there are so many high-risk situations possible, it’s easy to see why accidents still happen despite workers’ best efforts and employers taking the time to train their employees well before allowing them to work independently on the rig.

In an emergency on an oil rig, there needs to be a protocol in place for getting the injured to a hospital or medic. Common injuries on oil rigs include:

  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Brain injuries
  • Bone injuries

These need treatment quickly, so that there are not further complications.

Working on an oil rig is never going to be the safest job, but good training and safety protocols can help. If you’re injured, you may be able to pursue compensation so that you can take the time off you need to recover.