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This November safety alert of the ADCI reminds us that not all hazards are visible and/or completely obvious to us. We routinely work around, near, or with compressed air/gas cylinders and the dangers these necessary items bring to the work area. The diver wears one of these on his/her back, and we always check the PSI of this life support devise to ensure an adequate supply of breathing medium is verified. These reading will vary from 2600 – 2900 PSI. We all have seen safety videos where one of these valves have failed, and the end results of such a failure. Imagine being under water and such a failure should occur. You can only guess what might happen to the diver should this amount of stored energy suddenly be released into a column of water. Now imagine what could happen IF the diver was working near, or in the proximity of, a live component and the now “jet pack” that he/she is strapped to just happens to be headed in that direction. We all can visualize that outcome. According to the information provided by the ADCI, 5 divers were injured by such a failure. Apparently this was due to incapability of threads between the tank and valve. This reinforces the importance of using commercial diving companies who support and follow the ADCI recommendations. By doing so, we are provided the certifications of the crew and inspection documents of all equipment brought on site. We also have the opportunity to review and question each item listed and address any concerns we may have. This provides us with a critical “point of intervention” in our line of defense of mitigating hazards from our work. Remember, ZERO HARM is our mission. Anything else is a failure, and failure is NOT an option. The following items of information are provided to bring your attention to recent industry developments, initiatives, or safety notices.
Every Dive Company, Project Manager, Contracting Company Representative, Dive Supervisor, Diver and those providing equipment or personnel to commercial diving operation needs to pay close attention.
One of the biggest changes is to the inland inshore side requiring a minimum 5 man team from 4 men for surface supplied diving operations which was supported by the UK Diving trade body and the unions.
Offshore the maximum sat duration is now 28 days and divers must have a refreshment break between the 2nd and 4th hour on a bell run both RMT union proposals.
Date: 4th November 2014 Incident Type: Fatality Name: Thiago Matheus Coutinho Location: Brazil Company: Sistac - Sistemas De Acesso S. A. Client: Not Known Type of Diving: Not Known Depth: Approx 12m The following information has been translated fro...
I am talking to every good Dive Supervisor, good Diver, good Dive Company Owner and Responsible Company that contracts commercial diving. We all know there are those that will cut any corner: Dive companies, dive supervisor, divers the contracting company and their representative. It is well past time that the corner cutters took responsibility for their actions and that can be made to happen.
RIP Joaquín López Cruz, 35 years old. Another death in our business. Nobody can imagine how much he suffered or struggled to survive. And now we sorrow his lost with the ones he left behind. Without doubt, an unmeasurable pain. Every accident is a pr...
Taken from a response to a report on another fatality in the Middle East: The Egyptian diver in Kuwait? The site was the Al Zour dock gates, Kuwait, 14th September, body recovered by the coastguard. Press quote:- "Diver fell off a boat and drowned" (T...
NEWSLETTER 10/14 Membership With some of the feedback received regards the Divers Association, one comment sticks out; The association is viewed as being too “political”. This is not the aim or reason for the association coming into being. The...
6.1 ROOT CAUSES Refer to EDC Investigation Report, Attachment 2. · Failure to recognizing and applying international best practices for the task. · Inadequate contractor qualification process: - Inadequate contractor pre‐qualifications and selection....