For a professional diver like yourself, one of the biggest hazards of the job is decompression sickness. You have to be very careful not to develop a case of this potentially deadly disorder.
Now that winter is over, many commercial divers in Louisiana may find themselves returning to work very soon. Even though the water is starting to get warmer, it will still be a while before we get those optimal summer temperatures. Until then, divers could have a high risk of developing cold stress on the job.
A Louisiana court recently heard and adjudicated an interesting case involving maritime law and the Jones Act. It is of particular interest because, while the plaintiff was awarded a seven-figure settlement, his Jones Act portion of the claim was denied.
Most workers in the United States are eligible for workers' compensation in the event they become injured. However, the law becomes more complicated when it comes to those who work in the maritime industry, including longshore and harbor workers.
One of the most dangerous things that can happen on any boat -- a ferry, a barge, a cruise ship, a ski boat or anything else -- is when someone goes overboard. Even when the boat is not traveling at a very substantial speed, it can be all but impossible for the person to keep up, and that's just if they were not injured in the fall.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there's no profession that's most dangerous than those in the commercial fishing industry. Their data shows that those who hold this role have a fatality rate that is 29 times this country's national average for workers. Since this profession is so dangerous, the CDC had taken it upon itself to identify when safety lapses are most apt to occur and how they can be prevented.