3 ways offshore oil and gas work could lead to a brain injury

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2021 | Maritime Law |

Oil and gas works is a dangerous profession, and there are many kinds of injuries that a worker could suffer in the line of duty. Few injuries are as devastating as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

Although many people think of burns or falls as major risks for those in the oil and gas industry, brain injuries are also a common concern. A TBI could cause lifelong limitations for a previously skilled employee. In some cases, someone with a brain injury may never be able to return to their profession at all.

What are some of the ways that a worker might hurt their brain while working in offshore oil and gas extraction?

A near-drowning incident

Working out on the open water means that there is always the risk of being drowned. A worker could fall off of a boat during transit to their job site. They might slip over or under a railing during a workplace accident. Even a good swimmer might succumb to bad weather conditions or a blow on the head.

Oxygen deprivation due to drowning can cause brain damage, often with lasting consequences for the worker. The longer it takes to locate and resuscitate someone, the more likely it is they will suffer a permanent injury as a result.

The force from an explosion on the job

Explosions are a real risk when working with volatile chemicals and oil and gas products. Those employed at offshore facilities could experience an explosion on the job. Not only could an explosion cause broken bones, lacerations and burns, but it could also cause brain injuries.

In fact, explosions are a leading cause of TBIs in military veterans, which only serves to highlight how dangerous an explosion could be for someone’s brain. 

Blunt force trauma due to contact with objects

With many moving objects on an offshore extraction rig, the risk is always there for a worker to make accidental contact with the piece of machinery or equipment. Even a falling tool could strike someone’s head and cause a TBI.