Workplace Hazards that Plague Commercial Divers
Approximately 10,000 American commercial and government divers face a relatively high risk of serious injury or death while on the job. Some say that the existing diving safety standards enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) do not adequately reflect the advances in diving system technology and equipment. Professional commercial divers face major dangers every day. They place their lives in the hands of boat captains, dive supervisors, and other offshore workers while diving. The slightest mistake made by any co-worker can cause catastrophic personal injuries or wrongful death. Deep-sea diving with a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus can cause a variety of medical problems that can be fatal if not treated promptly.
Commercial diving workplace dangers include:
- Brain damage
- Decompression illness or Caisson's disease
- Defective diving equipment
- Gas embolisms
- Head injuries
- Improper operational planning
- Inadequate training and supervision
- Incorrect mixture of air and gas
- Low visibility
- Machinery-related diving accidents
- Poor pre-job safety analysis
- Unsafe diving conditions below water
- Work with hand power tools
The commercial dive team's makeup is essential to the safety and success of an offshore diving job. The diving supervisor, remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) supervisors and pilots, divers, tenders, and life support technicians must all be properly certified and trained to perform their essential job duties.
If you are a professional diver who has been injured on the job, you may be eligible to receive compensation under the Jones Act and General Maritime Law. Arnold & Itkin is an offshore injury law firm that has successfully represented the interests of commercial divers and their families. We represent divers injured or killed in the offshore workplace, and we understand the dangerous consequences of working in hyperbaric underwater conditions. We have the experience and comprehensive knowledge of maritime law necessary to win a commercial diving injury. Contact us today to learn how we can help.