Anyone who works on an offshore oil rig should understand the proper safety procedures and protocol that come with this job. They should also have access to all the personal protective and safety equipment that enable them to do their job duties safely.
The onus is on the employer to ensure that these offshore workers have a safe work environment. There are many ways that they can do this, so it’s important that they have a comprehensive plan to accomplish it. A good plan may include the following things:
Proper training and continuing education
Safety training must be completed by every worker who’s getting onto the rig. While this should be done when they’re first hired, it must also be continued throughout their time on the rig. Having a safety meeting before each shift or periodically is beneficial.
Encouragement of reports
The “buddy culture” on oil rigs sometimes means that workers won’t report safety violations. Companies should ensure that they encourage violation reporting, even if it means that they do this anonymously. Reports of safety violations can help to keep everyone safe. It may even prevent fatalities from occurring.
Steady maintenance and cleaning
Ensuring that everything on the offshore oil rig is in good shape and clean can prevent accidents. Even small tasks like cleaning fluids off the deck and sweeping debris are beneficial.
Any offshore oil rig worker who suffers an injury should learn about their options for seeking compensation. An attorney who’s familiar with these types of accidents can help you to determine your course of action. Being compensated for medical care costs, missed wages and similar damages can reduce the negative financial impact of your injuries on your family.