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Working on an oil platform is dangerous: Here’s why

by | Mar 6, 2020 | Maritime Injuries |

Working offshore, there are many hazards that could cause you to suffer from injuries. It is important that you understand the risks and the safety precautions you can take to stay safe.

One of the major risks of working on an oil platform is simply the fact that it can be harder to get medical care when you work at sea. A head injury that would normally be treatable might result in more serious problems for a worker because of delayed treatment, for example.

Another risk to workers who are working on offshore oil or gas platforms is that the platform can be affected by extreme weather conditions, like heavy waves, extreme thunderstorms and hurricanes. This weather can be avoided on land by traveling a few hundred miles away from the coast or hiding out in a well-prepared home or business, but on a platform, there’s nowhere to go. Evacuation could also be difficult or impossible.

Finally, there is the risk of explosions that can’t be ignored. Gas and oil are both highly combustible, and even a small leak could cause significant problems. An explosion on an oil platform can quickly turn from a small-scale accident into one that envelopes the entire platform.

As a worker who is on an offshore oil or gas platform working, you need to learn about evacuation procedures, how to seek medical care when you need it and what to do if an accident does occur. Being prepared makes all the difference in the world when you’re not on the mainland, especially when it comes to protecting your life and the lives of those around you.