If you or a loved one are an oil rig worker that has suffered an injury while on the job, you may be due monetary compensation. At Cueria Law Firm, we specialize in assisting individuals who work in the offshore industry when an injury occurs due to the negligence of someone else. Oil rig employees are at great risk for injury and should know their legal rights if injured while working. Our Louisiana personal injury attorneys are well-equipped and experienced to fight for you, assisting in winning your case so you have compensation to use for medical expenses, lost wages, etc.
Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe work environment for oil rig workers. The industry is very dangerous as employees are working offshore, out on open water. The employer must ensure that the environment is as safe as can be, with properly working equipment onsite, emergency materials and trained employees so that the workday runs smooth.
Below are a few examples of injuries that can occur and how oil rig employers may be responsible:
Slip and Fall
One of the most common ways an oil rig worker can be injured is due to a slip and fall. During drilling, the floors of the oil rig can become slippery with oil or even water depending on where you are working. Employees can slip and fall, injuring their back, knees or other areas. Employers are required to take safety precautions such as using non-skid paint on surfaces, offering coco mats, having designated walkways and taking other precautions to ensure the surfaces are not slippery.
Derricks Are Not Maintained Properly
In the derrick, there will be work that needs to be completed. An employee in this area will typically have to pull a pipe in or out of the fingers located on the drilling rig. If the fingers are not properly maintained, the derrick hand will have to struggle when working the pipes. Ensuring that the machinery is properly maintained with regular maintenance checks and repairs will ensure derrick hands do not have any difficulty or become injured on the job.
Employees who handle drilling slips can also be at risk of injury, particularly within the lower back area of the body. When there are not enough employees pulling the drilling slips, then the strain left on those working can cause injury. The drilling slip can also get hung up or caught during the pulling process which can also lead to injury.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident while employed on an oil rig, give our office a call. We are ready to provide you with legal advice based on your case and help you file a claim for compensation.