Professional divers have some of the most exhilarating jobs on the market. Whether they are studying marine life or repairing oil rigs and pipelines, they get to explore the depths of the sea in a way only people could dream of.

However, this thrilling position also comes with numerous hazards not present in other career paths. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) states that there is an average of 6 to 13 commercial diver deaths every year, which is a higher rate than most jobs given the small size of this field.

If you or a loved one suffers from injuries or illnesses in this field, someone could be at fault for your condition. If you want to receive compensation from your damages, you should know instances where you can find someone liable for diving injuries.

Equipment malfunctions

With the high pressure and lack of oxygen underwater, supervisors need to thoroughly check that all diver equipment is in working order. It takes just one broken part to put the swimmer at serious risk. There have been instances where a diver’s regulator fails and cuts off their oxygen supply, leaving them unable to breath until they hit the surface.

Even if the oxygen supply works fine, there are still multiple areas to check within the equipment. For example, if the diver’s buoyancy compensator is not working, they could rapidly ascend to the surface and risk getting ear or pulmonary barotrauma, which is the most common injury in commercial diving.

Lack of training

Trainers in this field should operate at a steady pace. This is a job with delicate equipment and specific safety practices that could present serious harm if not handled correctly. They should only require divers to perform certain tasks if they know for certain that the diver has the knowledge and experience to do so.

If not given the proper training, divers could descend or ascend the waters at abnormal speeds and potentially misuse their equipment. Trainers should not leave their students alone in their first months of training to ensure that they can quickly resolve the situation if something goes wrong.

Environmental harm

Even if a diver has proper training and functioning equipment, they are not immune from other hazards in the water. Divers should receive warnings from supervisors of the area or the city if there are any potential diseases or animals in the water that would qualify as threats to their work.

An example of this can be found in a recent St. Petersburg lawsuit. A diver is suffering from hearing loss because the city did not warn him or the boat captain of the sewage spill occurring at Tampa Bay in 2015. He was diagnosed with an ear infection caused by E. coli and possibly must deal with the consequences for the rest of his life.

With how dangerous operating in the water can be, supervisors need to take extreme caution when preparing a diver’s expedition. Any failures in warning the divers, failing to train them or not checking the equipment could result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. If you or a loved one is a victim from a commercial diving incident, you should seek legal assistance to help you financially recover.

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