Work related diseases and injuries on an oil rig

Int Marit Health. 2005;56(1-4):56-66.


The analysis of diseases and injuries in the workers on an American oil rig, operating in the Mediterranean Sea, was done in the period of one year, from 1 May 1996 to 1 May 1997. In total, 518 medical examinations of sick and injuried workers were conducted. At the first place in morbidity, there were injuries and poisonings (26.7% of all registered cases). Then followed musculo-skeletal (17.5%), respiratory (14.2%), gastrointestinal diseases (12.1%), mental disorders (10.3%), nervous system (9.2%), skin (6.5%), urogenital (2.9%) and circulatory system diseases (0.6%). Out of all cases, the hand and finger injuries (48.3%) were most frequent, followed by injuries of the leg (13.4%), eye (11.3%), head and neck (10.1%), arm (7.9%), foot (6.7%) and trunk (2.3%). To reduce the incidence of diseases and injuries, special attention should be paid to the workers' basic medical education, to protective measures and providing first aid at the work site.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational*
  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Oceans and Seas
  • Petroleum*
  • Prevalence
  • Registries
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*


  • Petroleum