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My boyfriend is an engineer and is on an oil platform to repair

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My boyfriend is an engineer and is on an oil platform to repair a leak. He got the contract for it but there was a fire and he lost all the materials he paid for to repair the leak. The oil and gas company wont pay him for work done so far so he has no funds to buy replacement materials. He's trying to get funds to come back to apply for a short term. He didnt take out insurance but i'm wondering whether the company who own the oil platform, would they not be responsible for getting the materials so he can finish the project? Is there anything he can do?



Ben Jones :

Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. how long has he worked there


Hi Ben


He works for himself but is down with 2 companies as external staff. This project started in January, if he doesnt complete it he will get discredited

Ben Jones :

thank you, XXXXX XXXXX it with me. I need to look up a few things and then get my advice ready. I will post back on here when done. There is no need to wait and you will receive an email when I have responded.

Many thanks for your patience. Whether the company are responsible for the materials would depend on a couple of factors. Once is whether they can be held in some way negligent for the cause of their loss. So if the fire can be attributed to a negligent act by the company or one of their employees, then he could seek to recover his losses by arguing that that due to their negligence he has suffered direct damages to his property and that he should be reimbursed for any losses. If, however, the fire was due to an accident that cannot be attributed to anyone then it would not really be possible to hold the company responsible, even if the fire had happened on their premises. In that case everyone that has suffered losses would cover their own losses, whether through insurance or personally.

Another factor to consider is whether the contract he had with them dealt with any such occurrence. I must say that such specific events are probably unlikely to be directly covered but it nevertheless still worth checking the documentation to see if it is. Similarly, you may try and check if any of the company’s insurance would cover these losses as sometimes you may find that the policy could cover all property that was on the rig at the time of an accident rather than just property that belongs to the company.

However, if neither applies, then as mentioned each party would have to cover their own losses in such circumstances.

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