As a maritime lawyer, I monitor maritime safety matters and accidents not just in the Gulf of Mexico region, but also overseas. The death of a North Sea oil rig worker who fell 130 feet to his death, has been ruled an accident. The accident occurred in 2008 on the Ocean Princess oil rig, which was docked at Invergordon Harbor for maintenance work. The man was part of a repair team on the rig. According to an inquiry into the accident, the man climbed over a barrier and walked onto a rusty grating. The grating failed to take his weight, and the man lost his balance and fell to his death. The man had been an oil rig worker for several years, and was considered an experienced and skilled worker. According to authorities, the two companies were involved in the accident, MacDonalds Scaffolding Services Ltd. and Diamond Offshore Drilling (UK) Ltd. could not have done anything more to prevent the accident. According to the results of the inquiry, his death was a tragic accident. However, some questions remain unanswered. For instance, there is no way of knowing why the victim, a skilled worker with so many years of experience, simply walked on the rusty grating instead of walking around approximately 50 feet to the enclosed area. Although several questions continue to remain unanswered, one fact remains clear-work on an oil rig continues to be the deadliest for workers, whether they're working on an oil-rig in deep waters, or on an oil rig that has been docked quayside for maintenance.
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