Working on an offshore oil and gas platform is considered one of the most dangerous careers. Dangerous offshore jobs are included in almost every list of hazardous professions and for good reason.

Onshore oil rigs are much like those used in offshore drilling projects, except they are used on land. Onshore drilling workers face many different types of hazards, from basic structural and environmental hazards to those associated with the chemicals they use to do their jobs.

There are countless types of injury that can happen both on and offshore. The following examples are some of the most common types that most rigs experience.


One of the major hazards to workers employed on oil rigs is fire. Petroleum is highly flammable, as are several chemicals regularly used in onshore drilling, including hydrogen sulfide. A well can also build up too much pressure, which may lead to an explosion if it is not corrected in time. As much as any workplace would like to avoid any fire injuries, a properly trained RHCP is an essential investment as additional compensatory measures will be put in place to make sure the healthcare delivered is of high standard.

Falls and Falling Tools

Falls and associated accidents can be concerns in many types of workplaces, but they are major concerns on onshore oil rigs. The CDC reports that seven percent of oil worker fatalities were caused by falls from higher to lower levels between 2003 and 2006. Even more dangerous is when workers drop tools that then strike another worker, which caused 22 percent of all oilfield worker fatalities in the CDC studies. Treating these kinds of injuries and avoiding fatalities all fall down to what kind of knowledge first aiders are trained in. Courses for DFAs, Topside Supporters, and other remote Healthcare Practitioners are an important investment any vessel should have on their list.

Fatigue and other injuries

Fatigue can be a serious problem for oil rig workers because it slows reaction time and increases the likelihood of an accident. The most common injuries that oil rig workers suffer from include broken bones or loss of limbs; burns, rashes, and other allergic reactions; respiratory problems from inhalation of hazardous substances–and this is all just to name a few.

Sometimes problems can arise that only a registered medical professional can attend to. One of the most practical ways to ensure medical support is to have an offshore medic or medical doctor onboard. Through MEDPeople by Remote Health International, you make sure that your vessel has a dedicated medical staff ready to support you and your crew. In any case, telemedical support is also a great alternative as our medical doctors are available 24/7 to support you.

General health problems and ailments

Aside from the more dangerous accidents and problems offshore workers experience, we also have the more common, every day health complications and ailments that crew members may experience onboard. The isolation, the extreme weather conditions, and the operating of heavy machinery for hours at a time can all take its toll, both physically and mentally. Offshore personell are not immune from general illnesses that may happen in non-offshore situations such as the common cold, scraped knees, migraines, and more life threatening ailments such as cancer.

With all that being said, having a dedicated medical doctor onboard or over telemedicine that ensures the wellbeing of every single member of the crew is only one side of medical support RE-MED delivers–preparing an approved site clinic and supplying the vessel with the necessary medical equipment is also just as important. By incorporating the opportunities provided by technological innovation into a complete remote healthcare system, we continuously improve diagnostic accuracy, treatment capability and the quality of our remote healthcare services.

What would you say is the most dangerous situation that can happen onboard? And how can we help you with them?