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  3. Luke Rupping, Kuwait, 2014

    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?
  4. Luke Rupping, Kuwait, 2014

    This is their web page talking it say theyhave contracts https://www.mammoet.com/en/news/
  5. Click here to see the video Inside Story Diver Bovisand 1978.mp4 It will take a few minutes to load it is a large file!
  6. Luke Seabrook, Canada, 2015

    I would push to have the Labour Board examine NS Power's role in the incident. You will note I did not call it an accident, because in my opinion it was not.
  7. National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee Regulatory Reform Diving Subcommittee Teleconference Meeting #1 (NOSAC Meeting) Agenda Objectives 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 Rulemaking(ANPRM You will find attached below the Official Task Statement For more information, please contact: Patrick W. Clark (202) 372-1358, Patrick.w.clark@uscg.mil 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
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    The new review of 18 years of recommended changes to the US Coast Guard CFRs/Regulation!
  9. Thanks Hal - the problem is this recreationally carded moron has no commercial insurance that can be found ( the State AG has joined the chase) after a review of my logs and certs - Mr. Berg is suddenly unavailable for comment... to anyone. The Navy and Lockheed questioned it and the boards simple direct answer is we will use whom we chose. Mr. Berg mentioned ADCI allowances and walked away with a slap on the wrist! I miss the Gulf - The Great Lakes showed extreme promise before I relocated here. Now not so much as I am finding this guy has the entire UP conned.
  10. The Problematic in professional diving in Argentina

    We have another player in Argentina working in the Magellan straits doing SAT and Air. At the moment we have the Divers H.W. machine not supply the flow to the divers. Bottom SW water temp between 3° and 4°C, the depth will be approx 65 MSW. The air temp at the moment this week is the the same 3° to 4°C (winter). One Sat diver Argentine wanted out, enough was enough. Most of the Sat divers are non Argentine strong currents in the Magellan Straits normally diving can only be done on the turn of tide but now being pushed to work the strong tides. Would be a disaster if the bell man had to rescue two divers, believe me no chance of getting the divers back to the Bell with the running current . Trunk from Wet pot to the Bell is approx 4 meter long not insulated so the divers freezing crawling through (The ice run) they tried to wrap with rubber to insulate. The bell I believe not insulated as the pic you can see the weld seams but not 100% sure. The seas, Viz, temp, etc in the South Atlantic make the NS look like a walk in the park, why are these conditions allowed? An accident waiting to happen total disregard for the diver back in the dark agesI MCA-Publication-47 (The effects of underwater currents on divers' performance and safety) (1).pdfIMCA-Publication-47 (The effects of underwater currents on divers' performance and safety) (1).pdf
  11. 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!
  12. 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; A little 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!
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    Self Insurance for those working Free Lance.
  17. Luke Seabrook, Canada, 2015

    I would say that yes, the power company are likely to be somewhat accountable. It is unlikely to be as clear cut as being wholly a diving company's fault, but more a combination of factors that contribute to an accident.
  18. Insurance Fisk Marine

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    Self-Insurance for Divers. Accident, Short Term Disability, Critical Illness w/Cancer, Whole Life Insurance.
  19. Billy Ray Lillard

    I didn't know Billy but he was liked and a young man I had put through dive school road the Chamber with Billy. Troy Turner he was a tender on the job. Just doing what the Dive Sup said like Billy.
  20. Luke Seabrook, Canada, 2015

    Ok guys, a question for you all. This is Luke's Mother. For anyone who has read the articles on his accident, I would like your input. Does anyone on this forum feel that the power company should have also been somewhat accountable for this? This was a regular check that apparently had been done times before. I realize the dive company is at fault for not doing a flow test. I am assuming they felt things were as always and never a problem before. Wrong, obviously but things I heard re the gate not closing and possibly why not closing this time due to new operator or debris keeping it open (and yet control room could not determine that flow was high). Should I just let it go (the contractor alone is charged) or should I push to have Labour Board reassess Power Company's contribution in this? Any input would be appreciated. Angela Seabrook Annapolis Generating Station Construction Project.pdf
  21. The never ending deaths of scuba divers who proclaim to be professional divers.

    The lack of care or concern from state and federal agencies to start enforcing the laws that keep people alive . It's never ending and down right frustrating to think that it's ok to be something your not. 

     

    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS COMMERCIAL SCUBA DIVER. 

     

     

  22. OSHA Defends a Recreational Divers "Right" to claim Commercial Diver Status

    As you know Mr babin this has been a unsinkable ship scuba dummies trying to be professional divers . We can cry and bitch all we want but as long as the dollar rules the brain stupid there will always be. Keep your chin up and let's keep pounding away maybe some day we Will win this war
  23. As much as you are going to hate to hear this, technically anyone who is paid to perform work underwater (whether using copper hat, superlite, or a snorkel) is in fact a commercial diver. The word "commercial" implies that the task is performed for pay (commerce) and does not stipulate the quality of work, whether it is the exclusive profession of the individual, or the method by which it is performed. A professional diver is one who works as a diver exclusively and does no other work. The term professional is also often used to convey the idea of a job done properly. Competitors hiring untrained inexperienced divers and using SCUBA or Hookah were always a constant source of frustration to me when I operated my own business. I found that on the difficult jobs you never saw them, but on the easy cream jobs they were all over them like ants at a picnic. To demonstrate the difference, I always used to refer to real divers as "commercial industrial divers", and those who worked in SCUBA as "hobby divers" which seemed to better separate the real divers from the recreational divers. I wish I knew a magic fix to pass on to you, but education of the clients is the only thing that will work. ADCI used to have educational material available to pass out to clients, and that did seem to help somewhat. The other answer I found was to stick to deep work that required the chamber and that tended to thin out the recreational crowd.
  24. I have been in or near this industry for over 30 years. This past year everything I have ever known or taught to be true has been thrown into the can by OSHA! In Sept of 2016 I was goaded into contacting OSHA by an overly inexperienced "safety general foreman" (intentionally not capitalized to emphasize the lack of knowledge he really has regarding this industry). Flashback to February 2014 I reported to the safety department that their use of recreational divers not only violated 29 CFR(on various extreme levels) it also was against the law on every level for them to be "Recreational working" in a SHIP YARD! I was chewed by an individual and his flunkies for speaking out of my pay grade (uhhummmm - Retired Marine, Carded and active Commercial Diver Trainer, DSO, Business Owner)! I was assigned to second shift until February 2015 ( so the illegals could dive without being documented). Feb2015 I was reassigned as Services Manager to one of the ships I build from pallets into the modules that become an LCS (Littoral Combat Ship). I gave Sec Nav Mabus and Lt Cmdr. A. Gold my word I would let no harm come to these ships or the men and women building them during my tour. Fincaniteri Marinette Marine has other agendas... Money cheapest cost available yada,yada,yada! Ship manager a retired Navy Lt Cmdr. (whom I cannot name) gave a similar order "Keep My Ship" (for non vets let no harm or damage come to this vessel while you are on deck). We launch in July 2016 this arrogant "Master Scuba Diver" has the wads to ask how I like his little operation - I inform him in true Marine Corps Fashion of the illegality and uninsurable danger his presence has brought to my deck - he scrambles off like a wounded rat and cries victim to Sr. Management. Sept 2016 I have had enough and the door opens to contact OSHA; I do, I am barred from my ship, the investigation, the reporting, he is fined, and back at work the following day! OSHA's Statement: (in short) Victim Diving company allowed to site ADCI regulations allowing the use of SCUBA Interpret OSHA Regulations to investigators (that were clueless by their own admission)...Victime Diving Company fined for not having COmmercial Regs in their Safety Plan ( I wonder why that was - maybe because if they were correctly credentialed It would have already been there) THE END! Additionally the yard can and may hire whom ever they chose to perform any services required... 26May2017 I resigned my post, for these issues and denied unemployment. SHipyard defending their OSHA given right to employ PADI Divers to perform COMMERCIAL Diving Work! What in Poseidon's Name has our industry come to? Anyone want to get involved here? Now outside the yard and the only FBO, GSA recognized Commercial Diving Company within 260 Radial Miles of the Gate I am now legally in competition with a SCUBA Store for work in my craft... Comments and reactions please!
  25. Billy Ray Lillard

    Thank you for posting that, John, yet another forgotten incident. And a stark reminder that behind every fatality there is a family tragedy:- Billy Ray Lillard, born 1966, married Fiancée Jerolyn in 1990, died in 1991, he was aged just 25. As Mark says - What a waste of a life
  26. Fabulous, thank you for your kind offer John! It is set, initially, in the sub-tropical latitudes, roughly parallel with Sao Paulo, in Februrary, so it is warm! Can I email you it as a PDF or Word doc? Tom
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