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Global Industries, Ltd.

Headquartered in Carlyss, Louisiana, Global Industries Offshore, L.L.C. provides oil and gas offshore construction services in the Gulf of Mexico. It has also expanded into foreign markets. They now serve Mexico, India, and the regions of West Africa, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

Installing platforms and pipelines is the main purpose of the organization. These systems are installed once hydrocarbon reserves are found, and the site is prepared for extraction. Once in place, the offshore systems can transport hydrocarbons to onshore facilities where they are processed and refined into usable fuels.

Also, according to the company’s website, business shipping services are also provided via a Houston-based operation. Support for the e-commerce industry is available through GLOBALIND.COM. Transactions with the company protect business interests and focus on effective storage and cargo, and space arrangements are designed such that delicate cargo remains protected throughout the shipping process. The shipping operation runs 24/7.

In addition to offshore construction and shipping, Global Industries also offers underwater diving services. It has a fleet of 24 construction barges and 18 dive offshore support vessels. An additional 14 support vessels are available as are 22 lifeboats. Its construction vessels include the Global 1200, Titan 2, Chickasaw, and newer additions such as the REM Commander, Olympic Challenger, and Pioneer. Recently announced high-tech vessels include the Global 1201 and Global Orion.

Company History

Global Diving originated in Harvey, Louisiana, in 1973. From there, they developed into a leading offshore construction business, first branching into pipe laying in 1975, and then expanding via numerous acquisitions throughout the 1980s. Achievements over the years include:

  • 1977: Design and fabrication of a four-driver control van, a first in the industry.
  • 1985: A 325-foot wet welding operation was completed, the deepest at the time.
  • 1989: The deepest working dive in the Gulf of Mexico to date, at 1,075 feet, was completed.
  • 1995: A J-tube riser installation was completed at 1,350 feet, the world’s deepest.
  • 2001: In 24 hours, the company laid 214 joints on a 40-inch pipeline.
  • 2003: The company became the first to lay 12-inch chrome pipelines, which took place in Equatorial Guinea.

The company has also perfected automatic welding, mudbug technology, and horizontal reel pipelay in offshore installations. It has also conducted underwater welding research in conjunction with the Colorado School of Mines. Also, it has worked to increase pipe laying capacity via the Hercules, a vessel that has a 1,200-ton, 116-foot diameter pipe real. The reel stands at 40 feet tall and is the largest in the world.

Safety at Global Industries

The company is committed to safety and aims toward zero accidents. However, accidents do happen in maritime jobs, because the work demands long hours and can be physically demanding. Accidents occur due to mishaps with equipment, including forklifts, winches, containers, and material handling systems. Proper use, maintenance, repair, and communication between workers are essential. Incidents also can happen when workers aren’t adequately trained to use a particular piece of equipment or carry out a certain task. Training, safety gear, and communication are therefore key ways to reduce the likelihood of accidents.

Offshore accidents also often involve falls, either on slippery surfaces or down ladders or straight into the ocean. Head, neck, and back injuries are common, but maritime workers may also be exposed to toxic, flammable chemicals. The presence of flammable materials increases the fire dangers, and just a tiny ignition source can trigger an explosion that results in life-long injuries or death. Faulty or corroded electrical equipment can cause accidents as well, as electrocution is one of the more common types of injuries on an offshore platform.

Proving negligence is often a priority for anyone injured in such accidents. If someone did not provide adequate training or did not maintain equipment as it should be, then they may be liable under the law. Maritime laws such as the Jones Act provides benefits such as compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and even emotional trauma. This works similar to the workers’ compensation benefits injured land-based employees receive, so it is possible to find help if an injury or death is caused by the carelessness or negligence of another party on an offshore oil or gas platform.

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