3 common hazards for offshore oil rig workers

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2023 | Offshore Oil And Gas Workers |

Workers on offshore oil rigs face unique hazards. The employers must do what it takes to keep the workers safe. When this doesn’t happen, the workers can suffer catastrophic injuries. 

Specific hazards are present on all offshore oil rigs. While some, such as slippery decks, are easy to mitigate. Others aren’t so easy to handle. 


There’s a risk of explosions and fires on oil rigs because of the flammable vapors. Despite the presence of those, specific ignition sources can’t be avoided. These include welding tools, electric energy sources, frictional heat and static electricity. All rigs should have an established and practiced plan for addressing possible explosions and fires. 

Equipment failure

There are many moving components on an oil rig platform. These are likely maintained and replaced as needed. If something happens and a component fails, disaster can occur. Employers can reduce the risk of this happening by regularly inspecting all systems.

Exposure to toxic chemicals

Many toxic and dangerous chemicals are present on oil rigs. These include crystalline silica, hydrogen sulfide, naturally occurring radioactive material, hydrocarbon gasses, and vapors. It’s especially dangerous if these chemicals are in the interior spaces. Having respirators may prevent some exposure to these substances. 

Oil rigs are vessels at sea, one of the most significant hazards. The issue is that there is a delay in medical care when something goes amiss. This can worsen the worker’s injuries since they aren’t getting rapid medical care. Those workers may choose to exercise their legal options, so working with someone familiar with applicable laws is critical.