There are many dangers and risks associated with offshore work. As the heat of summer increases, it’s crucial for those who work on offshore oil rigs and vessels to have sufficient protection from high temperatures and sun. The humidity on the Gulf can make conditions even more unbearable.
Offshore oil workers’ employers and managers have a responsibility for their safety and well-being. When workers are exposed to high temperatures, particularly when they’re doing strenuous work, they can suffer heat-related conditions like heatstroke.
Another danger of working outdoors in the heat is that equipment and other objects can become extremely hot or can malfunction. Workers can be injured by this equipment.
All companies that employ offshore workers should have safety protocols in place when temperatures rise. These protocols should be adjusted as temperatures get higher.
Occupational heat stress standards are generally lacking
There are no federal standards for workplace safety in the heat, although the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) provides guidance. Only a few states currently have occupational heat stress standards. Louisiana is not among them, even though the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) estimates that the state has over 660,000 people in industries considered at high risk for heat-related fatalities.
In addition to having heat and other safety guidelines in place and ensuring that those in charge of the worksite follow them, employers need to ensure that workers are trained to recognize the signs of heatstroke, other heat-related medical conditions in themselves and their co-workers and other signs of danger.
If you or a loved one has suffered a heat-related or other injury illness or injury while working offshore, it’s crucial to get the necessary medical treatment even after on-site emergency care has been provided. It may be necessary to take time away from work as well. Make sure that you’re aware of the legal options for getting the compensation you need for medical bills, lost wages and other costs and damages.