If an oil rig injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

Working on an oil rig can be a hazardous job, with a high risk of accidents and injury due to the nature of working offshore. If you have been injured while working on an oil rig, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and financial losses.

In this article, we will outline the process for making a No Win, No Fee claim, eligibility for making a claim, common types of accidents and injuries, and how a solicitor can help you.

You are not alone

HSE report there are around 100 reportable offshore injuries a year (hse.gov.uk).

In the latest data available, there were 114 major injuries on offshore oil and gas installations in the UK, along with 220 non-major injuries in 2019/2020.

Do I have a claim?

If you've been injured working on an oil rig in the last three years and it wasn't your fault, you will be able to claim compensation.

Find out online if you can claim with our injury claim calculator. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

How much compensation can I claim for an injury on an oil rig?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

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Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.

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General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred because of your accident. In addition to paying for lost wages, bonuses, benefits and other perks, damage to clothing, special damages can cover any care costs and medical procedures you need, such as pain medication, physical therapy and psychological support.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Making an oil rig injury claim

The process of making an oil rig injury claim typically involves the following steps:

  1. Seeking medical attention for your injuries
  2. Reporting the accident to your employer or supervisor
  3. Contacting a specialist solicitor
  4. Gathering evidence, such as witness statements and medical reports
  5. Negotiating a settlement with the responsible parties, or take the claim to court

The high-risk nature of the oil and gas industry

The oil and gas industry is considered a high-risk industry due to the potential for serious accidents and injuries. The nature of the work involves handling hazardous materials, heavy machinery, and working in remote and challenging environments.

Employers have a duty to provide adequate training and safety measures to minimize the risks to offshore workers.

How health and safety laws protect oil rig workers

There are several pieces of health and safety legislation that apply to oil rigs, including the Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

These laws place a duty of care on employers to ensure that their workers are provided with a safe working environment and adequate training and equipment. This includes identifying and managing risks, providing safety equipment such as personal protective equipment (PPE), and ensuring that workers are trained to carry out their roles safely and effectively.

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 came into force on April 30, 2022. These regulations require employers to provide suitable PPE to workers free of charge, and to ensure that the PPE is used properly.

Typical oil rig accidents

Common types of accidents that may occur on oil rigs include:

  • Falls from heights
  • Explosions and fires
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Equipment and machinery accidents

Types of injuries on oil rigs

Injuries that may be sustained on oil rigs can include:

  • Burns and scarring
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries

Can I make an oil rig contractor injury claim?

Contractors who work on oil rigs may also be eligible to make injury claims if they suffer an accident that was caused by the negligence of another party. This may include claims against the oil rig operator, the client who hired the contractor, or other contractors who were working on the rig.

Does the employment status of workers on oil rigs matter for a claim?

Workers on oil rigs may be employed directly by the oil rig operator, or as contractors or agency workers. Regardless of employment status, all offshore workers are entitled to the same duty of care and protection under health and safety legislation.

Who can injured oil rig workers claim against?

If you have been injured in an oil rig accident, you may be able to claim against one or more of the following parties:

  • Your employer or the oil rig operator
  • Contractors working on the oil rig
  • The manufacturer or supplier of faulty equipment
  • Other workers who were responsible for the accident

Injuries to oil rig visitors

If you are injured while visiting an oil rig as a client, contractor, or other visitor, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries if the accident was caused by the negligence of another party. This may include the oil rig operator, contractors, or other visitors.

What to do if you have been injured on an oil rig

If you have been injured while working on an oil rig, it is important to seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible. You should also report the accident to your employer or supervisor, and contact a solicitor specializing in oil rig injury claims to discuss your options for making a claim.

How a solicitor can help with an oil rig injury claim

A solicitor specializing in oil rig injury claims can help you to gather evidence, negotiate a settlement with the responsible parties, and take your claim to court if necessary.

They can also provide guidance and support throughout the claims process, helping to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

How were you injured?

The process for claiming compensation will vary depending on how your oil rig injury happened. Click the icons below to learn more:

No win, no fee oil rig injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim oil rig injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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Source: (reviewed: 12/12/2023)

Source: (reviewed: 12/12/2023)

Chris Salmon, Director

Chris Salmon, Director