Commercial diving can be considered one of the most dangerous fields in terms of construction professions. Incidents of diver injury and deaths are still being reported every now and then.
Although investigations are conducted by agencies associated with commercial diving, many still believe that the regulations imposed are not quite enough to prevent these mishaps from occurring.
There was one story of a man, Peter Pilkington, who lost his commercial diver son in an offshore oilfield inspection accident. He has then devoted his life in order to make the industry realize that changes in diving regulations are necessary.
His efforts were not wasted because now the US Coast Guard has been actively encouraging individuals to provide suggestions or feedbacks for the amendment of the regulations that could potentially improve safety in the dive industry.
Rules regarding information collection, record keeping, requirements, log book usage, updates, certification and equipment maintenance are just some of the areas that regularly need improvements/revisions.
Recently in Nova Scotia, a power plant diver lost his life while inspecting a dam. Since then, diving regulations in Canada have been gaining a lot of attention to determine any room for improvements.
Safety standards must be implemented globally where commercial diving is involved but may vary from country to country. Locations prone to more danger may impose a much stricter rule. Examples are those areas where divers must face extreme cold environment and sites where weather disturbances are frequent.
Merely carrying out the rules is inadequate. Agencies and Dive contractors have to strictly enforce and comply with the revised regulations.