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    • 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.

    • John Roat

        Best of Show for me this year at Underwater Intervention is Dark Water Visions, The Hammer Head. I was walking around between meetings just looking at what the different booths had to offer. I've been around long enough that I don't get excited by most new innovations. The instant I put the Hammer Head on my thought was: “I would love to burn in black water with this!” After that first thought a whole list of times I was diving or supervising I would have loved to have it came to mind. I started running around like a diver just out of school grabbing guys like Donald Dryden, Les Gorski and Sid Preskitt: “You gotta see this!

        Everyone I showed immediately saw the value. The times (no vis.) you have had to argue with your customer because it is not like what the job plan or the As Built Prints say. The times (No Vis.) your fingers are telling you one thing and your head another. The times (no vis) you have a tie-in assembly and every valve has to be in the right position. You get the point!
        They are about 6 to 8 mouths being ready for anything but Scuba as their major market is Search & Rescue. Mainly done in scuba by Police and Fire Departments across the nation. Any Commercial Diving Company that works in Black Water and does not have this capability when offered to us:  It's my guess, you snooze you lose, your competitor will. They way the Hammer Head is set up right now, just the diver sees and it's not recorded. They will be offering topside viewing and recording through the divers umbilical in the near future.
        I believe that every Diver Supervisor and Inspection Coordinator will want this on their job. Even divers will be happy to ware it when it applies. They have used it for topside Welding & Burning and it works but so far they have not tested it in black water. They will be doing that soon. Anyone interested, can get on VP of Sales Christina Baker's E-mail list, I am!   christina@darkwatervision.com
      Their Web Page

    • John Roat


      Objective: Create an accepted Underwater Oxy-Arc Burning Certification

      Why: Because there is none and it is a misused tool. All we have today is suggested practices that have no standing under law.

      The Working Group Members:
      A member of the Board of Directors ADCI, a Diving Representative of IMCA, a Representative of The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, a Diving Company owner and a Dive School Owner, One Representative each from these Equipment Manufacturers: Oxylance Corporation, Broco Rankin Industries and Fire Wire Marine. We are shooting for a Recognized Underwater Oxy-Arc Burning Standard under the American Welding Society, AWS. Everyone has agreed it is well past due.
      Step 1) Up Grade: Ocean Technologies Oxy-Arc Underwater Burning Course. Completed.
      Step 2) Revise Burning Training for new Students at: Commercial Diving Technologies
      Safety Training will be exactly the same for new students as it will be for the Stand Alone Advanced Course. It will include set up and checking out equipment. A minimum score, of 80% to pass before further training in Oxy-Arc. They will have Basic familiarization with one type of exothermic rod on ½ plate. Their diploma from the school will reflect they passed the Oxy-Arc Burning Safety Training and completed basic familiarization with the rod used. Re-write Completed Step 3) Submit Revised Ocean Technologies Oxy-Arc Underwater Burning Course for all parties involved (See working Group). Completed.
      Step 4) Run new Safety Course for Students at: Commercial Diving Technologies.To Be Anounced
      Step 5) Run Stand Alone: Oxy-Arc Underwater Burning Training Course for Divers To Be Anounced
      Divers must have completed an Accredited Commercial Diving School
      Have a minimum of 30 Logged Commercial Dives.
      To begin the practical part of training with Exothermic, Tubular Steel and Swordfish Arc Cutting Electrode, You must have passed the Safety Training portion with a minimum of 80%, reviewed any incorrect answers and understand the correct answer.
      If we are successful in moving this forward toward a American Welding Society approved standard Commercial Diving Technologies & JCRoat Subject Matter Experts Services will run an Instructors Qualification Course. We will provide the written course, Instructors Notes and Videos that go with that course, to the Graduate Instructor/s. Interested parties can contact Sid Preskitt, Commercial Diving Technologies at 321-212-8550 or underseas6@yahoo.com for more information,
      Attention All Members of the Divers Association International: As this is a Board Member, John Roat's, effort at creating an Oxy-Arc Underwater Burning Certification the Association will post an internal poll of its members on the subject before voting to support this effort!

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    • 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.    
    • 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
    • The following is part of an email received regarding this incident. Other parts have been removed to protect the identity of the emailer:   “At the time of his death, Kevin had been on a jetting job. They were either searching for a pipe or a valve. I do not recall the location.  The trench had been jetted out 20 or so feet below natural bottom. It had not been done very well because they had already experienced some collapses of the wall on either side during the operation. At some point during Kevin's dive he experienced a collapse that resulted in his being completely buried.    Under most circumstances this would not be an issue. One merely "jets" themselves out of the hole and then re-jets the collapsed portion of the trench. Unfortunately, Kevin broke the cardinal rule for jet blasting. He failed to secure the jet nozzle to his wrist with some polyline.    The shock of being struck by the collapse caused him to drop the jet nozzle and it subsequently jetted itself away from him. Two standby divers were utilized to attempt a rescue but were unsuccessful as the material filled in faster than they could jet it away. Kevin was conscious and speaking for a time, but when he finally stopped responding it was decided to "yank" him forcibly out of the trench.    Kevin's umbilical was attached to the crane hook and he was pulled out of the hole. It is a little fuzzy here what happened when they got him to the surface but all attempts at first aid failed.    One point that stuck out was that upon pulling him out of the hole with the crane, his umbilical slipped through the seizing at the QD and subsequently pulled his head down almost to the QD resulting in a broken neck.    Whether or not Kevin was still alive at that point can only be speculated without an autopsy report and I am not aware that one was ever made public. Needless to say, had he still been alive at the time of being "yanked" out of the hole, he certainly would not have been after that.   I am certain that if pursued, an autopsy report could reveal the actual cause of death, but this highlights how important it is to pay attention to the little things. For the want of a four foot piece of polyline, my friend lost his life, I lost a friend, a family lost a fine son, and a fiancé lost a husband.”