Some 600 railway employees and contractors a year are injured to the extent that they can’t return to work the next day. In the oil and gas industry, the comparable figure for the same numbers of hours worked would be fewer than 60. “Our work practices have not kept pace with comparable heavy engineering industries,” he concluded
I think we're comparing apples and pears here. Despite the fact that rail and oil workers are now represented by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), historically things are rather different. Railways have had strong union representation for a long time; union activity amongst oil workers was almost forbidden until fairly recently (I stand to be corrected, but I suspect that the Piper Alpha disaster was probably the tipping point). I suppose what I'm trying to say here is than an injured railway worker will find the process of going home to recuperate somewhat easier than an injured oil worker who happens to be stuck in the North Sea, 200 miles away from the nearest coastline.
Actually, it doesn't matter which industry you work in. If you're sick or injured, you're simply a broken part in the machine. If repairing the part is cost-effective, they will do so. If, as is the case with much of our disposable, throw-away society, it's cheaper to simply replace the defective part they will do so.
If the whole machine is deemed to be too
militant faulty, then they'll just get rid and bring in a whole new one from an outside supplier.
I love capitalism.