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Commercial diving hazards: Trouble could be lurking

Are you employed as a commercial diver? If so, it goes without saying that you probably enjoy every aspect of your job. This is anything but your standard day-to-day employment arrangement.

Of course, as a commercial diver, you're taking on many potential hazards and risks as the result of your employment.

To start, there is always the fear that you could drown. Even though you're using the best equipment and are well-trained, you never know what could go wrong when you find yourself under water.

Other potential commercial diving hazards include but are not limited to:

  • Circulatory risks
  • Respiratory risks
  • Low visibility
  • Hypothermia
  • Operation of heavy equipment

On top of this, there are other factors that have a lot to do with the risk of working as a commercial diver. How often will you go underwater to complete a task? What task do you need to take on? How long will you remain submerged?

For example, it can be dangerous to complete work under water, such as cutting or welding. These types of activities increase the chances of a serious accident.

If you work as a commercial diver, you're well aware that this can be one of the most exciting professions. You're also aware that an injury could happen when you least expect it.

If you're injured on the job, make sure you receive immediate medical attention. Also, report what went wrong to your employer, ensuring that they understand the finer details. Doing these things will make it easier to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages. An attorney can provide information on your legal options.

Source: United States Department of Labor, "Commercial Diving," accessed April 24, 2018

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