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Oil Industry Accidents

There are 530 non-fatal personal injuries on average annually in the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector*. 47 major injuries were reported in 2012/13†. 88 ‘over-7-day’ injuries were reported in 2012/13. 351 dangerous occurrences were reported IN 2012/13.

*Source: Oil & Gas UK; Health & Safety Report 2013
† Source: Health & Safety Executive; Offshore injury, ill health and incident statistics 2012/13

Although the offshore oil and gas industry is a very dangerous business its strict safety practices mean it experiences lower numbers of accidents than many other industry sectors. The sector also shows a steady decline in accident rates in recent years.

However, according to the industry body’s 2013 safety report, the sources of ‘dangerous occurences’ in the offshore oil and gas industry included:

  • Lifting machinery failures
  • Pressure systems
  • Electrical short circuits and fires
  • Radiation incidents
  • Breathing apparatus malfunctions
  • Scaffolding collapse
  • Well incidents
  • Pipeline hazards
  • Petroleum hydrocarbon
  • Fires and explosions
  • Release or escapes of dangerous substances
  • Dropped objects
  • Collisions
  • Evacuation

With so many potential hazards, accidents do happen and when they do, they can have a serious impact on the lives of the victims and their families.

Four categories of injury accounted for 90% of all injuries recorded in the sector in 2012/13. They were:

  • Injuries from handling, lifting or carrying
  • Being struck by moving objects
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Falls from height

These accidents mostly resulted in injuries to limbs – like fractures, cuts and bruises causing considerable discomfort and suffering to the victims.

If you have suffered an injury while working in the offshore gas and oil industry, you may be entitled to a claim for compensation.

Is there an up front cost for making a claim?

There's no charge for looking at your case. There's no up front cost if we take the case on either and we work on a 'no win, no fee' basis.

How long does a claim take?

We'll look at all the details before telling you if we're able to take your case forward. After that, case lengths can vary depending on things like how the accident happened, the type of injuries sustained and how the other party responds to the claim. You'll be kept informed throughout the process.

Am I likely to win?

By checking to see if you have a strong case from the start, we can give you the best chance of winning your case. More than 20,000 people have won compensation with Watermans. It’s ‘no win, no fee’ too so it's very much in our interest to make sure you win.

If you, or a relative, have been involved in an accident in the offshore oil and gas industry, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Why not find out more and get in touch with us today?

You have just 3 years to claim after an accident so you need to get your claim started as quickly as possible.

Take a look at our injury calculator to see the kind of damages you could expect.