Safety Concerns for a Commercial Dive Team
Commercial diving is one of the most dangerous of all occupations. Dive teams are necessary for a number of different operations including such things as oil rig repair, bridge inspections, salvages, hull cleaning, blasting, welding, mooring and dock repair and construction. Although these tasks are essential, there is some risk involved in performing them because they are done underwater.
Members of a Commercial Dive Team
A commercial dive team consists of a group of highly trained and experienced members. Each team member has a designated position within the crew. The diving supervisor is also known as the designated person in charge, DPIC. The supervisor is responsible for the health and safety of the entire crew. The DPIC must manage all procedures and handle any emergencies that arise.
The assistant to the DPIC is called the tender. The tender takes charge whenever the supervisor is in the water. A standby diver is a professional diver who is ready to assist the working divers if an emergency situation occurs. A life support technician is responsible for managing the diver’s breathing apparatus and for maintaining the correct oxygen, temperature and humidity levels.
Dive Team Safety
All crew members must be properly trained and certified to be part of the team. Divers must also undergo regular medical examinations to ensure that they are healthy. The crew safety is of utmost importance. Every team member must work together to provide a safe working environment. Employers are required to provide a safe working environment at all times.
There should always be at least three crew members assigned to a dive operation. More members are necessary for more complex or dangerous dives. A safety plan must be in place. The plan details how accidents and injuries are to be handled. If an injury occurs, immediate medical treatment must be rendered. A dive ball may be necessary to help remove the injured person from the water. If immediate care is not rendered, the victim’s injuries could worsen.
Commercial Dive Accidents
Diving accidents happen occasionally. When they do, it could be the result of improper safety measures, inadequate training or supervision, or failure to maintain equipment properly. If the company was negligent, they may be responsible for any injuries that resulted from the accident. Poor safety measures can make diving much more hazardous, and a catastrophic injury or fatality may result. Some of the most serious injuries include decompression sickness, hypoxia, drowning, brain injuries, paralysis, disfigurement, and round window rupture, among others. These injuries require immediate emergency treatment, and many of them result in long-term disabilities.
The victim of a catastrophic injury may be entitled to compensation to cover medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Additionally, the victim may be disabled and unable to work. The Jones Act is a law that allows victims of maritime accidents, or their families, to make legal claims against the company if negligence caused or contributed to the accident. Contact an experienced commercial dive injury attorney to discuss your case and protect your rights.