The commercial diving industry spans far and wide when it comes to employment opportunities. Commercial divers can work in the tourism industry, construction and even gas exploration. Employers of divers will vary but the type of work has common factors; the need to go underwater and the danger involved. With commercial diving, there are serious safety risks involved and the employment type is considered one of the most dangerous in the diving industry. On a yearly basis, as many as six to thirteen diving deaths can occur within commercial diving jobs. At Cueria Law Firm, we offer legal representation to commercial divers in New Orleans and the entire state of Louisiana. Diving positions are prevalent in NOLA and when an accident occurs due to negligent situations, we provide stellar attorney services.
Common Hazards Associated with Commercial Divers
There are several hazards when it comes to diving professionally. Many are commonly known, such as the threat of drowning while diving. Diving equipment that is defective and creatures in the sea can cause accidents during a dive. A big danger involved with diving happens when the individual suffers from a medical issue when proper safety procedures are not followed correctly. Without proper training, divers can develop a medical condition in relation to their employment.
Common medical conditions that can occur include Barotrauma, Nitrogen Narcosis, and Decompression Sickness. With Barotrauma, the pressure underwater creates severe pain as it affects an air pocket within the middle ear. Damage can be caused if the diver does not equalize properly. With Nitrogen Narcosis, the diver’s body is affected by an increase in nitrogen. This can have a narcotic effect and impair judgment as well as sensory perception.
With decompression sickness, the individual is affected by increased underwater pressure. Also known as the bends, the body will absorb an increased amount of nitrogen due to the pressure. If the diver were to reach the surface too soon, the pressure will reduce suddenly, and the nitrogen will create bubbles in the body which will create pain, even paralysis or death in severe cases.
When divers are not properly trained, they will suffer from severe medical issues like decompression sickness or Barotrauma. Employers of divers must provide quality training as well as have safety procedures that are enforced as well as maintain equipment and take preventative measures to ensure every employee will be safe while diving.
Safety for Commercial Divers
An employer of commercial divers must ensure that diving regulations are followed, and that best practices are created to lower the risks associated with diving. A dive team must be trained in every area of the job, be provided the necessary tools as well as learn any safety procedures so they are prepared to work safely. To improve the safety of divers, employers will need to follow the Diving at Work Regulations.
By adhering to Diving at Work Regulations, companies will ensure that all divers are qualified, are able to work safely and have a certificate of medical fitness to dive. However, even when these protocols are implemented, accidents can occur. Any company providing diving employment should do everything they can to reduce the risk of injury as well as provide divers with the right tools for safety.