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Decade after decade we hear diving stories. We hear constant bitching about low wages, crappy conditions, heartless management and clients who only care about the bottom line. Some areas have managed to get divers covered under Union agreements. Then the complaints vary somewhat, but they go on.
A few improvements are made in equipment, some of the Operators realize that improving safety is less costly than paying court ordered settlements and there are always voices, usually in the background, calling for improved safety procedures. In most instances, it takes multiple incidents of a similar nature to get attention. IMCA has improved diving safety in many areas and the ADCI has also. There is a LOT yet to improve.
Girija Shettar, senior editor | 28 January 2016
The Divers Association will attempt to find out what caused this divers life and pass on the information. Information is a safety issue! And all to often takes months to years to come out. This is unacceptable!
The Hyperbaric Lifeboat Recovery Gulf of Mexico Feasibility Study was presented by Mike Willis of Technip at The US GoM Diving Safety Workgroup meeting in Houston this month, Jan 2016. The Gulf of Mexico is not the only area of our diving world that i...
It is my firm belief that if Stephen O'Malley had not been picked up by a harness he would be alive today! Every fully dressed surface diver should be brought out of the water in a Stage or Open Bottom Bell. That Stage or Open Bottom Bell should be able to accommodate a diver in the prone position, when the diver is injured or in respiratory distress.
Every current Open Bottom Bell and Stage could be fitted easily with a flip-out floor. Think about it, do want to be hung by a harness, when you're having breathing problems or are injured?n See Pictures below
The Divers Association wants t thank Derek Moore for his unrelenting efforts in getting this case re-opened. Keep in mind the following when you read the article below: Derek spoke to MP Louise Ellman, who tells him this, “The Danish authorities have since confirmed that their State Attorney is reviewing the case, and is expected to make a decision on whether to re-open the case or agree that the original findings were correct”. So the press articles were somewhat premature as the Danish Authorities have only agreed to review the case, not reopen it. We believe this is a great step forward.
Updated 10:28, 21 Jan 2016
By Luke Traynor
Stephen O'Malley, who died while working as a commercial diver at an off shore wind farm in 2012
Why You need to attend! This Panel & Craw-Fish Boil
All Project Managers, Dive Supervisors/Superintendents, Saturation Technician, Life Support Supervisor, Life Support Technician and Divers attending Underwater Intervention February 23, 2016.
The purpose of the panel: Is to inform Dive personnel where we stand with Coast Guard & The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, BSEE, serious incident Investigations and up coming Coast Guard Regulation changes.
Panel: The Panel discussion will take place at Hyatt Place Convention Center, Conference room, 881 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans This is straight across the Street from Underwater Intervention. There will be a “meet and great” in the Conference Room starting at 13:00 23, February 2016. The Panel Presentation will kick off at 14:00 and be secured no later then 17:00. This will depend on the amount of audience participation.
Panel Members: Regulators from the Coast Guard & BSEE. Dive Company Operations Manager, Saturation Technician, Oil Company Dive Representative, Dive Supervisor, IMCA Representative
The Fisk Marine: Craw-fish Boil is scheduled to start at 17;30 at the Rusty Nail, 1100 Constance St, New Orleans, it has been reserved for that purpose. It is with in walking distance of the Hyatt. http://www.therustynail.biz/
The Panel is being presented by JCRoat Subject Matter Expert Services and Johnny Fisk of Fisk Marine Insurancehttps://fiskusa.com/
Sups, Divers, LSS ,LST, Sat Tech and Project Managers get first call on seating!
THE USE OF SCUBA IN COMMERCIAL DIVING AND ITS IMPACT ON FATALITIES
By Kyra Richter; Board member The Divers Association International.
If the most recent fatality is not enough to convince someone that SCUBA has no business in the commercial industry, perhaps these graphs will help paint the picture.
“When it comes to safety and protecting the lives of divers with improved regulations, we need to break free of the mindset that we’re only looking at offshore safety revisions. Permitting SCUBA in regulations is an unspoken way of giving approval to untrained commercial divers to perform activities which cross the line into the realm of commercial diving. “ Down Load attached PDF
All Project Managers, Dive Supervisors/Superintends, Saturation Technician, Life Support Supervisor, Life Support Technician and Divers attending Underwater Intervention February 23, 2016. The purpose of the panel: Is to inform Dive personnel where w...