Employers owe their employees a duty of care. This means that employers are responsible for health and safety in the workplace. This duty applies to all working environments but employers have to take extra care when it comes to high risk working environments such as oil rigs. Oil rigs are heavily regulated and therefore oil rig injuries are rare, nevertheless when they do occur they can be fatal and you just have to look at the oil rig that caught fire and exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 to see how bad oil rig accidents can be.
Oil Rig/Offshore Accident Claims
As well as normal workplace injuries, oil rig workers are exposed to a host of unique hazards. Oil rigs contain the same dangers as regular work places as well as having their own unique risks. Some of the most common hazards of an oil rig are to do with the fact that they:
• Are in remote locations, accessible only by sea or air;
• Can be exposed to extreme weather;
• Can collapse;
• Work with and extract oil, which is in itself a dangerous substance, being slippery and flammable; and
• Involve using heavy machinery;
Therefore, as part of their duty of care, employers on oil rigs are required to provide appropriate equipment (such as gloves and goggles), training (such as manual handling and using heavy machinery) and very importantly conduct regular risk assessments.
Make a Claim for Injury on an Oil Rig
If you work on an oil ring and you suffer an injury that was not your fault but was as a result of your employer’s negligence then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. The amount of compensation you can claim will depend upon the seriousness of your injuries and will include expenses such as medical bills, physiotherapy, travel expenses, loss of income and so on.
If you would like to make a claim for compensation, contact our team who will work on your case on a no win no fee* basis. Please note that in the majority of cases, claims must be brought within three years of the injury occuring.
Oil Rig Injury Claims Lawyers Leeds
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**We have a team of technical claims qualifiers who will speak with you and if you have, in our opinion, a valid claim we can refer your case to one of the personal injury solicitors on our panel.