Many commercial divers are employed by big oil and gas companies to work in the Gulf of Mexico and other areas so they can inspect and maintain oil platforms and deep water rigs. These structures are under water, which begs the need for professional divers in the maritime industry. Many of those who are employed as divers in the oil and gas industry are new to the field and must be properly trained by their employers so accidents do not occur.
There are certain federal standards for commercial diving in order to ensure the safety of offshore divers. Those engaged in underwater operations face a totally unique challenge from other maritime workers. Complicated equipment must be used in order to support the divers while they are performing their job duties. If this equipment is not properly maintained, they could be seriously injured. They may also be injured by the workers operating the vessels above water. In the event that an offshore diver is in danger while performing his job duties, the necessary procedures must be taken. Workers must be properly trained as to emergency procedures in these situations.
Those who wish to work as commercial divers must be properly qualified and meet technical standards, have field experience, and have demonstrated proficiency in the field. Additional requirements such as First Aid and CPR training must be possessed by the diver. Divers must be supervised at all times by a qualified employee. In the event that you are injured and a supervisor was not present or did not meet qualification standards then you could be entitled to compensation. Being injured as a commercial diver in any number of circumstances may qualify you for a personal injury claim with the help of a maritime attorney from our firm.
There are many types of offshore accidents; however, if you were employed as a commercial diver, you may be able to get help from a maritime attorney from our firm. At Arnold & Itkin, we are passionate about the rights of offshore workers and can help you if you have been injured in an accident. Beyond this, we can provide you with information and tips about topics such as selecting your commercial dive team and planning a safe dive. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you could be entitled to a claim under the Jones Act or some other type of maritime law. If you want help from aggressive attorneys who know the maritime field, call an attorney from Arnold & Itkin LLP today.
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