Scott McLemore Understands Commercial Diving
The work of professional/commercial divers may include underwater construction, scientific research, and pipeline work. Offshore diving, a specialized type of professional diving, is used for exploration and production by the oil and gas industry. Regardless of the project, commercial divers are exposed to many potential accidents and injuries. Commercial diving, in general, is dangerous, and offshore diving is one of the most hazardous types.
If you’ve been hurt in a commercial diving accident, contact us today at 713-LAW-FORU for a free consultation.
OSHA and Commercial Diving Accidents
Due to the hazardous nature of commercial diving, OSHA has established extensive rules, regulations, and guidelines employers must follow to keep divers safe. The employer and the diving team must be qualified. The dive team must have the required training and experience to perform the task. Every member of the dive team must know how to use any necessary specialized tools.
Each member of the diving team must be knowledgeable about the relevant diving operations and emergency procedures.
OSHA has requirements that must be followed before, during, and after each dive. Employers must supply emergency equipment, including contact phone numbers for the nearest hospitals as well as information about the closest United States Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center; there must be transportation available, assurance that physicians are available in case of an emergency, and access to a decompression chamber. In case of an emergency involving an injured diver, the employer is responsible for getting them safely out of the water. For the dive, the employer is responsible for providing a safe way for the divers to safely enter and exit the water.
Attorney Scott McLemore is well-versed in the latest diving technology and equipment. He understands that injuries happen due to ineffective planning and operational support, errors during the safety checks before the job begins, and equipment failures. Our firm will conduct a full investigation to determine the underlying cause of the injury so that responsible parties are held accountable, and the matter is resolved according to protocols put in place by OSHA and other involved governmental agencies.
Health Risks for Commercial Divers
Commercial divers work in hazardous conditions every day and are exposed to dangerous health risks. Potential hazards for offshore divers include:
- Death by drowning
- Circulatory problems
- Respiratory issues
- Vestibular pulmonary and non-pulmonary barotraumas
- Arterial gas embolism
- Decompression illness
Commercial divers’ dangerous work environment also exposes them to other types of injuries, including crush injuries and burns. Due to decreased visibility underwater and working offshore, construction and demolition sites are considerably more dangerous than comparable environments on dry land.
Claims following commercial diving accidents require qualified lawyers who are knowledgeable about the unique hazards and working environment as well as the potential health-related risks and medical care requirements for treating injured divers. The commercial diving accident and injury attorney Scott McLemore has the required experience and understanding of the psychological and medical effects of working underwater and being exposed to hyperbaric conditions and the potential catastrophic injuries that can happen when there are accidents.
Contact a Commercial Dive Accidents Attorney Today
Attorney Scott McLemore has the experience necessary to advocate for injured commercial divers. Our office serves the entire Gulf of Mexico and work to get you the best possible result. Call us today at 713-888-0080 to learn how we can assist you or contact us online.