Ever since I was a plasticine toddler I have been hearing stories from my Friend McKenzie about the dangers of working offshore. McKenzie is an older more hardened piece of plasticine than me and has spent the majority of his life on the rigs.
Accidents on the rigs range from your average slip, trip or fall to disasters such as Piper Alpha in 1988.
My wee mate Chris Gordon, Thompsons Managing Partner in Aberdeen knows about the dangers of the rigs due to his vast experience of dealing with compensation claims for offshore workers.
He was looking pleased with himself this week when all his good work campaigning for better safety regulations looked to have paid off when the Health and Safety Executive announced that they were going to have a clampdown on lax safety measures on older North Sea platforms.
Christopher was speaking after Talisman Energy UK was ordered to improve its vital fire fighting equipment stationed on its Platform off the coast of Dundee.
The company was served with an improvement notice for its Fulmar Platform 200 miles east of Dundee after H&SE inspectors found its pipe work to be old and decrepit.
This follows Schlumberger Oilfield UK being fined £300,000 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court last week for its failure to protect workers from radioactive material.
Thompsons work closely with the HSE and often rely on their evidence to help us fight our compensation claims.