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What rights do offshore oil/gas rig workers have?

Offshore oil and gas rig workers complete demanding work daily in hazardous situations. The potential for accidents leading to injuries or illness necessitates protections similar to other maritime employees. Employers are required to ensure the rigs are always safe and secure.  Rig workers benefit from protections given under the Jones Act or Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Compensation is designed to cover injuries suffered while working on rigs. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act provides compensation for workers injured on fixed installations offshore. The Jones Act provides compensation for workers injured on floating vessels. Both work to aid workers recover from their injuries and maintain financial stability. Rig operators must ensure quick and quality medical aid for injuries suffered. Delaying medical care could lead to further issues in the future which the operator can be held responsible for. Once a worker establishes an injury occurs on the job, the employer or insurer should pay the claim unless it has a valid reason not to.

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