Injured oil rig worker wins £284,000 damages claim

A welding supervisor on a North Sea oil rig has been awarded £284,000 in damages after the injuries he sustained in an accident meant he could no longer work. John Pascaul, 54, was awarded the damages against employer AOC International of Aberdeen and platform operator Shell. The Court of Session in Edinburgh heard that while […]

A welding supervisor on a North Sea oil rig has been awarded £284,000 in damages after the injuries he sustained in an accident meant he could no longer work.

John Pascaul, 54, was awarded the damages against employer AOC International of Aberdeen and platform operator Shell.

The Court of Session in Edinburgh heard that while Pascaul was working on the Brent Bravo rig in May 1995, he fell over a piece of scaffolding and badly damaged his ankle.

When he realised the injury would effectively end his career, depression set in, the court heard.

While admitting liability, the oil companies tried to argue that Pascaul had contributed to his injury through negligence.

The court, however, ruled that the loose scaffolding was known about and that steps to warn workers about it were only taken after the accident.

Most of the award was for loss of earnings.