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  2. Hi Tim, These two "new" fatalities that I was informed of were supposedly in addition to the two you mentioned above, both occurred in the last three years I believe, however one of them sounds like the 2015 fatality that you mention so it could be possible that in recent years (2013-16) it is only two fatalities - one the panic related incident you mention and one a cardiac related one. Can confirm that during the 2006 incident that standby was not geared up and ready - that has been well documented.
  3. There have been two accidents at Albury that we know of. The fatality in 2015 was a 50 year old on a training dive, pulled unconscious from the water, taken to hospital in Albury, but life support was turned off two days later. He had completed more than 800 work dives but was never properly trained. Was completing last three dives of Part 1 course (SCUBA). Had a set task to do (Night dive) Re-attach legs to table and turn table up onto its feet in 10 metres of water. On Aga mask, appears to have had some form of panic. Was on life line, trapped by line running under the table. Staff St/By jumped and recovered to shore. Reported by the Border News. There was a previous fatality in September 2006, he was aged 35, Australian Army, undergoing commercial diver training, died during training dive, diver was being recovered to shore (low on air) when his life line got caught under a small tree root and he was pulled to the bottom (Reported as 10 metres) as he ran out of air. Life Line was pulled harder and he was effectively held down. Allegedly the staff St/By was not dressed in, no gear was set up. SCUBA cylinder was on back of truck with no regulator attached. Staff St/By ran in dressed in his clothes, with mask and scuba set strapped on. Followed Life Line to tree root and to diver. Diver found to have Aga mask off. SCUBA cylinder low on gas, Bailout still full. No record of a third incident, nor mention of a cardiac problem in either case, but that could have emerged later in the accident inquiry (The information above was taken from press reports at the time and may be neither accurate nor complete)
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  6. I recently was told of two additional student deaths here in Australia at the same commercial diver training school that had the student fatality in May 2015. Word is that one of the more recent deaths was a student suffering a cardiac problem, the other panicked and removed their Aga mask at six metres and drowned.
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  10. 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
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  12. PM me here and let me know what the problem is, and your details, email address, username etc. UPDATE I have looked on longstreath and there are two entries, one with a gmail address and one with a ymail address. Both are listed as members. Let me know which one you want to keep and I'll send you a new password.
  13. Hi I even open a new email address to see if it wood work. No joy with that. got all the emails to confirm but still no access. I have look for help or a admin to send a mail to to sort it out. Any help pleas.
  14. "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/
  15. 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/ This post has been promoted to an article
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  18. Diver who died near Fox Island was Olympia man BY STACIA GLENN sglenn@thenewstribune.com A commercial diver who died Tuesday near Fox Island has been identified as Daniel Hall, 36, of Olympia. Hall apparently ran into trouble shortly before 2 p.m. just south of the Navy Surface Warfare Center area. Witnesses called 911 and pulled Hall aboard a commercial geoduck boat 100 yards from shore. They attempted CPR on the unresponsive diver and met paramedics at the Navy dock. Hall was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, where he was pronounced dead. He worked on the commercial boat for the Squaxin Island Tribe, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. The Coast Guard will investigate what caused his death. Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article145549874.html#storylink=cpy
  19. 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!
  20. 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 kill themselves, even when surround by a team that knows less then 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! This post has been promoted to an article
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  23. Hi Derek - fascinating (And NO, I did not follow the maths!). Basically used records of over 3,000 actual dives and applied a three state model to predict no DCI, mild DCI (Pain only) and Serious DCI (Cardio/neurological DCI) They used the 2008 (Rev 6) USN tables 'no decompression limit' to compare the US Navy's 'standard' of accepting up to a 2% risk of mild DCI and 0.1 % risk of serious DCI (I'm not sure many commercial diving people will accept a hit rate of 'one serious DCI per 1000 dives as normal) They concluded that the USN 2008 'no decompression limits' was conservative for mild DCI - ie you could - theoretically!!! - dive longer for the before you reach the 2% risk of mild DCS BUT they also noted that you had to 'vastly reduce' bottom times to keep within the 0.1 % risk of serious DCS To meet the 0.1% risk of serious DCI, the table they quoted was the French Navy NM90 table. Which kind of supports a lot of people's gut feeling that the old USN air tables are a tadge risky when used straight out of the box - even the US Navy concluded they produced an unacceptably high rate of DCS in the deep air range - That's why they upgraded from Rev 6 to Rev 7 last yea (And why they upped from Rev 5 to Rev 6 in 2008). I believe - but am open to being corrected! - that the French Navy tables are based on a Haldanian model (derived from extrapolating data from actual dives) as opposed to Algorythms (bubble modelling maths) which kind of pushes one to think that science is good, but actual experience is better. It would be interesting if they re-ran the modelling using the NDL limits from USN Rev 7 to see if the new version is any safer. Thanks for posting the link!
  24. I'm going to read it and then comment
  25. John, i don't understand this article. You can't predict where a bubble will end up and how painful it will be. Each dive and diver are different. Hence a neurological exam.
  26. Link to new DCI modelling http://www.news-medical.net/news/20170315/Researchers-create-new-model-for-predicting-severity-of-decompression-sickness-in-divers.aspx Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the document as well The link to the journal PLOS ONE article is below. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0172665
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