One of the most dangerous jobs in the world is working on an oil rig. So much so that nearly 5% of all oil workers are hurt each year. Prior to practicing law, Rusty Galloway, partner and firm co-founder of Galloway Jefcoat LLP, worked on a Grey Work inland oil rig for several years. He knows what can go wrong.
How to Avoid the Most Common Oil Rig Injuries
- Amputations – Due to the hazardous machinery involved in the oil workplace, amputations are common. This is usually because of mistakes such as never having been taught correctly, acting recklessly, and poor communication due to the noise level on the rig. The best way to prevent this type of injury is to always be cautious, obey safety protocols, and ensure all information is communicated clearly.
- Chemical Exposure – Most oil rigs release high concentrations of Hydrogen Sulfide. Prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals like this can cause respiratory problems, paralysis, cancer, and even death. The best way to avoid these risks is to always wear proper eye, face, and respiratory protection while on the rig.
- Head Injury – Working on elevated platforms means that there is risk of both falling from these heights or having a piece of equipment fall and strike you. To prevent these injuries, ladders, guardrails, and harnesses should be inspected before each use. Unused equipment should be kept clear of any area where it can be tripped over or kicked off a ledge.
- Explosions and Burns – Breaking news: oil is highly combustible! In all seriousness, though, burn accidents can come without warning, so they can be difficult to prepare for and hard to avoid. Having extinguishers and suppressing agents ready is a great idea, but avoiding a fire altogether by using the preventive measures mentioned above is an even better one.
Galloway Jefcoat, LPP is a Louisiana personal injury law firm that fights for victims of car crashes, boat accidents, workplace accidents and other forms of negligence or injury. We are committed to serving you and your family.