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What is decompression illness, and how does it affect you?

One of the biggest risks in commercial diving is a medical condition called decompression illness. Divers with good training and experience should be able to avoid this illness by monitoring how deep they dive and how quickly they surface. However, in emergencies, someone may have to rise more quickly than is advised. Mistakes could also be made that lead to decompression illness.

Falls overboard can lead to drowning, so focus on crew safety

Commercial fishermen along the Louisiana coast confront mortality whenever they embark on a day’s work in the Gulf of Mexico. The fear of drowning, though, usually does not arise among many of them, especially the fishermen who choose not to wear life jackets. But neglecting that last detail can prove to be a fatal mistake.

Seafarers susceptible to mental illness on long treks

Not only do seafarers face physical struggles on the job, they encounter mental struggles as well. Anxiety and depression often emerge. Seafarers are confronted with working long hours leading to fatigue, exhaustion, boredom, burnout and isolation. Separation from families for lengthy periods, bullying from supervisors and harassment from peers also contribute. As if the daily grind of the job was not enough.

What are some common injury risks for oil platform workers?

Working on offshore oil rigs comes with benefits such as excellent pay and long breaks away from the job. Unfortunately, this type of work also comes with potentially serious injury risks when accidents occur aboard a rig. Working on offshore oil platforms means employees have a an above-average risk of suffering a nonfatal injury, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There is romance in the fishing industry and dangers, too

Fishing season is year-round along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, promising catches that get shipped around the world. Right now, commercial fishermen are in the midst of fish and crab season, searching for blue crab and doing their best to catch drum, snapper, grouper and speckled trout. With the recent closure of brown shrimp season, fishermen will have to wait until mid-August for the opening of white shrimp season.

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