How to Choose the Right Commercial Diving Contractor for Your Dive Project
August 28, 2020
Hiring properly certified commercial diving contractors is required by Provincial Laws in Canada and by Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) in the United States.
You are responsible to ensure that the team you are engaging is appropriately qualified and certified.
Here’s what you should look for to help identify a commercial diving contractor:
If you work in an industrial setting, there may be a time where you will need a commercial diving contractor. Perhaps you need underwater inspection, repair, cleaning, construction, or recovery.
As you are searching for a diving contractor for your project, here are a few things to keep in mind.
It’s important to find certified diving contractors, rather than simply going with the cheapest option.
The lowest daily cost-option could be a firm who is not be compliant with local laws and recommended safe work standards.
These laws and recommendations have been created to reduce the risk of injury or death on the jobsite. If a contractor dies during a project, it could leave your company liable.
Non-compliance with safety guidelines can lead to more accidents, potentially fatal ones.
Commercial Diving Standards are available from the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) in the United States, and from the Canada Standards Association (CSA) in Canada. When you are considering a commercial diving contractor, be sure to ask about their safety and internal auditing processes. How do they ensure that they are compliant with all local laws and regulation? Do they perform a Work Execution Plan (WEP) and a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) prior to commencing work?
Is it possible to get a certified diving contractor while also saving money?
Thankfully, it is possible to have it all. There are fully certified diving contractors that can still save you time and money on your project. The processes, work skills, and resources a certified diving contractor brings to the table (how to actually complete the underwater task at hand) often far exceed those of a less qualified operator, and that experience gets the job done efficiently.
What recognizable certifications and qualifications can you ask for from a commercial diving contractor?
A professional diving contractor should be a general member of the Association of Diving Contractors (ADCI) in North America (because they insist on third party audits to a published standard) and also a general member of the Canadian Association of Diving Contractors (CADC) in Canada (because they identify and require adherence to the CSA Standards).
Qualified Commercial Diving Personnel must have diving certifications on their person for the entire diving team, including (but not limited to):
- ADCI (Association of Diving Contractors International) Supervisor, Diving Medical Technician, and Diving Certifications
- DCBC (Divers Certification Board of Canada) Supervisor, Diving Medical Technician, and Diving Certifications
- First Aid and Oxygen Therapy Certification
- Diving Medical Certification from an accredited Hyperbaric Physician
At Canada Pump and Power (CPP), our goal is to be the best and easiest solution for projects in our four core competencies – Dive, Pump, Barge, Dredge – for all of our existing and future clients. We pride ourselves on strict compliance with safety regulations. As of June 2020, have logged over 1.2 million person hours without a time loss injury.
If you are looking for the best solution for your project, please reach out to us. We would be happy to help, including providing you a with no-obligation quote.