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The 2016 Underwater Intervention has come and gone, but this was a year for a first. There was a panel discussions which took place involving Dive Personal: Project Managers, Dive Supervisors/Superintendents, Saturation Technician, Life Support Supervisor, Life Support Technician and Divers, with those that write and enforce regulation.
Divers Association Board Member
There is one unfortunate constant in the diving industry: accidents. Scarcely a week goes by that we do not hear of a diver dying in an accident. This week it may be offshore, next week it may be in a harbor; it seems to happen in every country on this earth where divers are working. To someone new to the industry, it would appear that all of these accidents are different and unrelated. But to those of us who have been around for any length of time, the sickening reality is that they are all the same – we keep making the same mistakes over and over, and young divers are dying because we are making these mistakes.
UPDATE: 16th February 2016, Louise Ellman MP for Liverpool Riverside and the MP for Stephen O’Malley has informed me that following her debate in parliament and representations by the Minister, the Danish authorities have agreed to re-open the investigation and there will be a police investigation.
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
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...