Working offshore is one of the most dangerous jobs you can have. There are so many moving parts and if proper safety protocol isn’t followed, or if negligence occurs, injuries can happen. Some injuries can be devastating and take the worker away from their job for weeks or even months at a time.
Other injuries can be life-altering and prevent the worker from being able to work ever again. At the Paxton Law Firm, we can help you get the compensation you deserve from your offshore injury.
The maritime industry is a fast-paced and demanding one. Because of this, many offshore jobs can be harsh and tough, so workers have to be very attentive. Unfortunately, sometimes things can go wrong. There are a few main injuries that tend to occur offshore that can lead to injury and sometimes death.
Due to the nature of working with natural gas and oil, fires and explosions are a common occurrence. If proper fire safety protocol is not followed or machinery is not used properly, fires and explosions can occur. These can lead to burns which can cause injuries ranging from a limited range of motion and scarring to the loss of a limb or permanent disfigurement.
Unlike most jobs, offshore jobs are much more physically demanding. This can take a toll on your body and result in sprains or back/neck injuries. This can include:
Working offshore causes you to be exposed to a variety of toxic fumes and chemicals. Inhalation of these fumes or contact through the skin can cause rashes, brain damage, and damage to your lungs, skin, and eyes. If proper safety measures are not taken, such as gas masks, gloves, and long-sleeves, you may be exposed to these hazardous materials.
Due to the heavy use of machinery in these job positions, accidents resulting in the loss of a finger, hand, or other appendage are more common than you think. Deep lacerations and amputations can occur if the machinery malfunctions or if the operator is not paying close enough attention.
Unfortunately, offshore accidents can sometimes lead to death. This can be caused by fatal injuries such as severe burns, drowning, head trauma, or a wound that causes the injured to bleed out before they can receive medical attention.
There are a variety of offshore accidents that can result in offshore injuries. They include
Many offshore injuries are caused by inattention, sleepiness, inexperience, failure to follow proper safety standards, lack of supervision, and defective equipment/tools.
Offshore injuries fall under maritime law, so worker’s compensation claims can be difficult to navigate and understand. At Paxton Law, we have committed attorneys ready to take on your case. Call us for a free consultation today.
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