Being employed as an offshore oil rig worker is dangerous. Commercial divers have perhaps one of the most hazardous jobs of all though.
Most individuals who are hired to work on oil rigs travel hundreds of miles out into the ocean to a work on a conglomerate of large, heavy-duty equipment out in the middle of nowhere at sea.
New workers often ask how all of this is constructed after seeing just the top of the oil rig. What they don’t realize then is that there’s just as much equipment that lies underwater. It’s there that you can find drills that tap the reserves underneath the ocean’s surface. These are connected to pipelines that then transport any extracted gas and oils to a storage facility back on dry land.
Commercial divers’ work begins long before other offshore workers are transported to the oil rig. They build the semi-submersible platform that everyone else works on in addition to helping insert the drills and building the network of pipes used to haul the oil and gas. None of this work can be done on land. It all has to be done underwater.
They spend a significant amount of their time securing clamps to pipelines. They do this so that they don’t bend and break under the pressure of the oil and gas. They deteriorate over time since they’re surrounded by the ocean’s highly corrosive salt water. Oil and gas would leak into the ocean if they didn’t do this, causing a costly environmental crisis.
In all, 28 core components allow an oil rig to function. Some of these include propulsion and underwater cabling systems. Each of these is difficult to manage even when workers are on dry ground. At sea, they’re even harder to manipulate, especially if the weather turns poor. Divers fight against ocean currents and poor visibility to do this work.
Working on an oil rig as a commercial diver offshore in Louisiana is not a job many consider doing because it’s a hard one. Individuals who pursue this career path must not only learn to be professional divers but also how to repair heavy duty equipment under some of the harshest circumstances.
The risk of injury and death that commercial divers on oil rigs face is high. An attorney can help you recover compensation if you’ve been hurt while working out at sea.