Most Dangerous Jobs Deep-Sea Divers

About one of the most dangerous or life-threatening jobs deep-sea diving, information and dangers of the profession.


Deep-Sea Divers: These divers have an alarmingly low life-expectancy. They tend to make a lot of money quickly and then get out while they are ahead. Some of them spend much of their working life in compression chambers, eating and sleeping there for weeks at a time ("saturation diving"). Death can occur from equipment failure; hypothermia (a subnormal drop in body temperature); mistakes in the concentrations of gas mixtures; drowning--for example, strong currents may sweep a diver into valves in pipelines; decompression sickness, which may range from mild joint pains (the "bends") to severe attacks resulting in paraplegia; rupture of the lungs; psychological problems including panic attacks; and high-pressure nervous system syndrome resulting from too rapid compression and leading to mental confusion, dizziness, and vomiting (which can be disastrous at depths). Those who survive may be left with a disabling condition of the joints caused by bone death, usually in the shoulders or hips. Many of these hazards are also experienced by other compressed-air workers such as those employed in tunnels and caissons.

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