What is the top concern for workers headed to an offshore oil rig? Profit for the dangerous journey is one of them, and future job opportunities is probably another. The No. 1 worry is probably about safety, because injuries can be costly and painful as well as preventing workers from keeping their income flowing.
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.
A Celebrity Cruises worker was awarded $10.3 million for spinal injuries he suffered on the job this week in Miami.
Two oil rig workers were killed and another was injured on an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana on June 30. The fatal incident happened on the Shell Auger Leg Platform, which can be found 214 miles off the coast of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, at around 9 a.m.
Getting caught in a storm is incredibly dangerous, even for those who work at sea and consider themselves prepared for the worst. You can never quite know just how bad things are going to get or how intense the wind, rain and lightning will really be. All it takes is a bit of bad luck for a storm to turn into a disaster.
Maritime industries can be found in virtually every state in the country according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, an estimated 400,000 individuals work in this sector in Louisiana and throughout the United States. Many work in commercial diving, fishing, shipyards, in marine transportation, at terminals or in processing seafood. Many of these professions carry with them a significant injury risk.
The maritime industry is fairly expansive, encompassing far more than just people who work on ships. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, it also includes:
Working on cruise ships can be dangerous, as some workers recently discovered when a crane slammed into a cruise ship in the Bahamas.
It's easy to point to outside factors in a boating accident. Maybe the weather suddenly got bad, and a storm came up. Maybe the boat malfunctioned in some way out at sea. Maybe the map was wrong and did not pinpoint where the rocks and shoals actually lay.
For a professional diver like yourself, one of the biggest hazards of the job is decompression sickness. You have to be very careful not to develop a case of this potentially deadly disorder.