Oil and gas Industrial Medic.

Medic, oil and gas industry, Andrew Macdonald, sickbay, medcenter, photo by Lee Ramsden,


This is the platform medic. 

In the UK oil and gas industry there is a requirement for all installations to have sufficient medical cover and provisions. 


The offshore medics role - 

 Treat people working on an offshore oil or gas rig for any injuries or illnesses. 

Provide medical care for anyone on the rig or platform who has an accident and make sure that people are fit and safe to work. The health, safety and welfare of all those working on the rig would be the medics responsibility. They also carry out administrative tasks.

  • Provide 24-hour medical care for the crew
  • Carry out routine health checks
  • Treat illnesses and minor wounds
  • Keep accurate medical records
  • Train other people on the rig in first aid
  • Order new supplies of medicines and equipment
  • Carry out health promotion activities 
  • Advise on health and safety issues
  • Arrange for very ill people to be taken back to land for treatment

The medic advises the senior managers if they thought a person was not fit for work or might affect other people’s safety.

If someone had an injury or illness that you were not sure how to treat, they would phone the onshore company doctor for advice.

Offshore Emergency rope access response exercise.

IRATA, rope access, casuilty, dummy, rescue, ermgency team, working at height rescue, plan,  photo by Lee Ramsden


Today we see another emergency exercise. As you can see in the oil and gas industry we regularly drill and test the emergency response plan. 

It is the old adage -  fail to prepare, prepare to fail. 

It is a legal requirement to have a plan on what to do in an emergency, but does it work? 

Testing different scenarios on a regularly basis ensures that the plan works, and keeps the emergency response team skills fresh. 


Todays scenario, is in the above image. In this case we are using an inanimate dummy. But it is to practice how to rescue a rope access worker, working under deck. 

IRATA, rope access technician, donning, harness, getting ready, industrial worker, working at height.

IRATA rope access technician donning his harness. 

IRATA, rope access, rescue, level 3, hauling casulty, offshore, photo by Lee Ramsden

The rope access supervisor, using his equipment to haul the pretend casualty up to the deck. 

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Platform fire team member safely has hands on the practice casualty. 

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The platform Medic and his first aid team, practice administrating first aid, and using the different types of stretchers required. 

casuilty on a stretcher, medical team, responding, offshore, oil and gas industry.
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Platform medic, coordinates the fire team members on lifting the stretcher and places it into the "frog", to lift the practice casualty from the lower levels of the platform, up to the installation sickbay. 

Blog, fireteam, emergency response, frog personnel transfer, north sea, photo by Lee Ramsden

Fire team leader, in communications with the crane operator. They safely lift the practice casualty to the platform sickbay.