Maritime Laws for Commercial Diving Accidents

April 13, 2016

Perhaps one of the most dangerous of the maritime industries is commercial diving. A 2013 article provided a shocking set of statistics related to the field, and said that, “Commercial divers are dying at a rate that is 40 times greater than all other workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” (Thomas,… Continue Reading »


Impact of New OSHA Silica Rule on Oil, Gas Industry Uncertain

March 29, 2016

The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) reports it is “troubled” that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) did not convene a small business advocacy review panel for upstream oil and gas when it issued its long-awaited final rule on occupational exposure to crystalline silica. The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) requires… Continue Reading »


Commercial Diving Employer Responsibilities

February 18, 2016

It is imperative that diver safety and equipment safety be a top priority for companies that employ commercial divers in order to prevent commercial diving accidents from occurring.  Unfortunately, divers often receive different levels of safety training based on their employers and the type and scope of the work they are involved in.  While training… Continue Reading »


Commercial Diving Accidents

January 23, 2016

What is commercial diving? Commercial (also called professional) diving is an occupation that involves underwater construction, scientific research, etc. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), commercial divers are subject to a multitude of accidents and injuries. Offshore diving, a branch of professional diving, is used by the oil and gas industry in… Continue Reading »


Commercial Diving

January 1, 2016

Commercial diving involves a diverse group of individuals and companies involved in a wide range of activities. These workers are exposed to the same hazards anyone would if they spent extended periods of time underwater, such as drowning, respiratory and circulatory problems, and hypothermia. The number of dives, length of time spent underwater, lack of visibility,… Continue Reading »


What do human divers bring to operations?

November 6, 2015

Although technology is a large part of the commercial marine work industry, there’s no substitute yet for human divers, especially in situations that require finesse. We simply aren’t at a point where machines can do all of the necessary work for an underwater job, so employers need to insure both live crew and the remote equipment they… Continue Reading »


Man fined more than $62,000 for diving regulations violations

October 30, 2015

A 41-year-old Digby County man has been slapped with more than $60,000 in fines and penalties for violations of occupational diving regulations and ignoring a stop-work order. Frank Joseph (Joey) Oickle was sentenced Tuesday in Digby provincial court. The owner of CJM Fisheries Ltd. was charged after a sea urchin diver he hired was lost… Continue Reading »


What Is Scientific Diving?

October 22, 2015

In 1975, in response to numerous accidents in the commercial diving sector, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, supported by the AFL-CIO, petitioned the Federal Government urging a development of commercial diving standards applicable to all professional diving operations. Given the employee-employer nature of the relationship between scientists and students and their… Continue Reading »

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