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    • John Roat

      18 years of effort and still no changes to US Coast Guard CFR's

      National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee
      Regulatory Reform Diving Subcommittee
      Teleconference Meeting #1 (NOSAC Meeting)
      1. Review task statement, purpose of subcommittee; establish subcommittee objectives
      2. Discuss how subcommittee will go about the task (spreadsheet, division of regulations, bi-weekly assignments, etc.)
      3. Go through regulations to be reviewed by next meeting
      4. Action Items for participants
      We will be having the first Teleconference Thursday, September 7tn I will keep you appraised of the situation
      You can find 18 years of wasted work and effort here. Commercial Diving Operations - Advanced Notice of Proposed
      You will find attached below the Official Task Statement
      For more information, please contact:
      Patrick W. Clark
      (202) 372-1358,
      Commandant (CG-OES-2), U.S. Coast Guard
      2703 Martine Luther King Jr Ave, SE, Stop 7509
      Washington, DC 20593-7509
      I am a member of the Subcommittee and will keep you posted as to our progress. If you have not signed my petition as of yet please do so here:
      Protect Divers Lives
      FACA RRTF Official Task Statement 17Jul2017_FINAL.pdf

    • John Roat


      In November 2005 I wrote an article for Offshore Diver called FEAST Time. There was more work than we could possibly do. We had had the Twin hurricanes, divers from all over the world were working in the GOM. There was more work than we had trained commercials divers for. A quote from that article to start this one: “To the loved ones and dive team members of the three young men we have lost recently there is little we can say that will help you. What we can do is make it a better business, which may help your soul a little and the rest of us a lot. The best safety out there is watching each other’s backs. The Coast Guard and OSHA show up after the fact, neither the ADC or IMCA have any enforcement mechanism and they damn well don't want one either.”

      Nothing I wrote in that article has changed, except, all the experienced dive personnel we have lost from this industry. (SEE That Article here) I believe we have reached the bottom of the worst Famine Time I have been through since coming into the Oil patch in 1969.
      My biggest fear is another major event such as our Twin Hurricanes anywhere in a major oil field on this earth. We do not have the experienced Dive personal, up to date DSV's or the tools ready to handle that. The history of these type events that we have been through many times is: Our customers just want their problem cured, whatever work rules they have, are out the window. So what do we do?
      It is on us, the Dive Supervisor, not the Designated person-in-charge (DPIC), the Project manager anyone else, not even the diver. Our number one job is to get them down and back safely out of the chamber. So whether anyone else on the job or in the office likes it we, the guys sitting in that chair, have to be willing to shut it down.
      You can almost hear the old movie theme from Jaws, playing in the back ground. I do hope this Famine doesn't end like so many in the past have, instant FEAST!
      PS: An important message to Management. You do not build an Effective, Safe, Team by surrounding yourself with people afraid to tell you the truth or are just plain liars, cover their own butts types!

    • John Roat
      What most of you and your customers do not know about Rod Selection

      Classes I teach!
      1) Safety in Oxy Arc Burning: Everyone involved in Oxy-Arc Burning 16 hours, with night study
      2) Safety in Oxy Arc Burning & Practical: Divers with three years experience. 40 Hours with night study.
      3) Customer Introduction to Safe Oxy-Arc Burning: When you should and when you SHOULD NOT use Oxy-Arc Burning. For customers of Burning services 4 hours their location. For this Class contact John Carl Roat vicepresident@jcroat.com

    • John Roat


      Prior to his death, our Board Member John Joly recognized that for working dive personnel the business was changing. With that in mind, he worked closely with Johnny Fisk & Wil Sig of Fisk Marine Insurance so dive personnel can get personal insurances independent of employers.

      "Fisk Marine & Colonial Life Underwriting Department has done what others will not do and that is to provide much needed individual coverages for commercial divers via the Divers Association". These benefits include short-term disability, on and off the job accident policy, life insurance, and a cancer program."
      I know we are not used to dealing with our own Insurance but our business, Commercial Diving as we have known it,  is changing. We need to change with it. I have known Wil Sigl for several years and he does know our business and how to help us through the morass of acquiring our own insurance.  Contact Wil Sigl wsigl@fiskusa.com
      Visit www.DisabilityCanHappen.org to learn more about the risk of disability and the benefits of having disability insurance.
      Visit www.disabilitycounter.org to view the number of working-age Americans who experienced a disabling injury or illness.
      Visit www.lifehappens.org to learn more about the benefits of having life insurance.
      Fisk Marine Int. is working with other providers to make this available outside North America stay tuned. https://fiskusa.com/blog/

    • John Roat

      Oxy-Arc Burning can be done safely!


      Almost every diving job in the field has Burning Gear standing-by to be used! Yet few are trained to use it properly!


      I will be receiving the Printed Copies for Review on the 17th or 18th this month. Most divers will never have the chance to be taught to burn properly, they will learn in the field as most of us have. Hopeful the way I've put this manual together, they can buy it and learn how not to kill themselves, even when surrounded by a team that knows less than they do.  The smart ones will note that my e-mail address is in this course, the smart ones will ask what they don't understand. The attached pictures are ones I created to help make the point about: Why the Drag method: IF YOU'RE IN FRONT OF THE CUT WHEN AN EXPLOSION HAPPENS; Oxy-Arc Burning can be done safely!

    • derek

       " Researchers have created a new model for predicting decompression sickness after deep-sea dives that not only estimates the risk, but how severe the symptoms are likely to be.

        The US Navy Diving Manual may incorporate the model into its next update, as will commercial products intended to help recreational divers plan their ascents to avoid "the bends."

        The results appear online on March 15, 2017, in the journal PLOS ONE.

      "The current guidelines only give you a probability as to whether or not decompression sickness is likely to happen after a given dive," said Laurens Howle, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke, who has been working on these models with the Navy for a decade. "This is the first time we've been able to also address the likely severity of the potential sickness, helping divers determine acceptable risk."

        All risks have two components -- the likelihood of something bad happening and just how bad that something is likely to be. Having a model that accurately provides both aspects will allow divers to better plan safe depths and ascents to help their bodies adjust -- preventing painful and potentially fatal results."

      Link to new DCI modelling
      Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the document as well
      The link to the journal PLOS ONE article is below.

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    • Looks like they are definitely still in business. I can't understand how a company like this can kill a diver and just shut their eyes and go on about business. They know that the only way to stop these stupid accidents from happening is to come forth with details, yet they circle the wagons and cover everything up. So the next time when the same thing happens, these people are equally at fault. Then I have to wonder - where is IMCA in this? Why did they not investigate and release findings to avoid a repeat of this?
    • This is their web page talking it say theyhave contracts https://www.mammoet.com/en/news/
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