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!
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.
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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 email@example.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!
I will quote John Jenco here, a good diver to work with! “From a safety standpoint, the first line of defense is, and always has been, the diver. For the FNGs, a word of wisdom hard won: Commercial diving will NEVER be a SAFE profession; the best that can be hoped for is that YOU and your brothers in the diving community can make it SAFER. So BE ADVISED, commercial diving is not a game or thrilling profession. Understand that you can get killed or maimed doing this shit. Own that, and act accordingly. Every time.
The second lines of defense are your tender, standby diver, bell partner, or topside supervisor, depending upon the situation. They are your ONLY backup safety system that you can rely upon when your shit goes sideways, so choose wisely. Taking a stand on WHO you will work with - and most importantly, who you won't - may save your life or someone else one day. Understand that as well. If you allow yourself to work with the lazy, careless, nervous, or unreliable, it is YOU that may have to pay the price for your lack of judgment someday, for not wanting to offend anyone.
Finally, I know guys that died in 5' of water, and 500' of water. NO JOB is too simple to take safety for granted. If you want to survive in this profession, you had better learn to lock down all the BS and grab-ass and leave it on the beach. Get your frogman on from the time you leave the dock until the time you return.
Assume nothing and take nothing for granted. Know your job and make certain that everyone else has done theirs as well, because if a tender leaves a fitting loose or doesn't top off the air compressor, or the rack operator doesn't have the right gas mix lined out for your dive, or the supervisor doesn't have the best communications setup with the deck crews, YOU are the one that will likely pay the price for any screw ups resulting therefrom. Own that.
Rant over. “ John Jenco
The things we can control are basic and I know you have been on jobs where basics are shoddy at best.
1) Hose Management both surface and saturation diving (We are sloppy about it)
2) Safety meetings, Diving Safety Drills, JSAs. (Informing everyone what is going on! I hate canned JSAs, if they don't do drills at least walk through it and have it planned out)
3) Surface Diving Chamber Operation. (proper vents, walking away from the chamber to wash divers gear and not looking at the diver through porthole)
4) Fully Dressed Stand By Diver (No Excuse)
5) LEARN TO SAY NO (quit being afraid to offend anyone)
In short man or woman UP! I have never understood a person that has the courage to dive but not the courage to say NO!
There would be two vital areas of importance that would be the focus of this undertaking;
Training would be conducted at the DCBC accredited CDT commercial diver training facility in Hudson FL. and consist of two primary components;
1. Underwater burning certification
2. Underwater Oxy-Arc Burning Instructor certification. (This would be required to conduct training of personal)
John Roat and CDT will be holding meetings during the upcoming UI Conference in New Orleans. If those attending the meetings agree this course will be offered to other Accredited Diver Training Schools. Interested parties can contact Sid Preskitt, Commercial Diving Technologies at 321-212-8550 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can download a short Video overview by clicking on Burning: BurningTraining.wmv
Still no action The Divers Association urges every interested person to contact the Coast Guard, their governmental representatives and every active company in the Diving industry. The anticipated changes won’t revolutionize anything. All of the proposals are already accepted or exceeded by the professional associations in the United States and IMCA.
Mr. Jeffery G. Lantz
Director of Commercial Regulations & Standards (CG-5PS)
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, STOP 7126
Washington, DC 20593-7126
202-372-1351 E-Mail Jeffry G. Lantz <Jeffrey.G.Lantz@uscg.mil>
Mr. Ken Smith Project Manager
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
Commandant (CG-OES-2), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.,
STOP 7509, Washington, DC 20593-7509
Phone: 202 372-1413
For United Citizens you will find your Representative here Just enter you zip code it wll give you the hotlink to their Web page
I am telling mine this " No result in more then 18 years! CHANGES TO CFRs ARE IN BUREAUCRATIC LIMBO and causing the loss of divers lives. You can find evidence of the lack of action here"
As usual ADCI Current Cardholders are admitted to the display floor no charge. If you have your card make sure to bring it! You will find all information on presentations, hotels and sign up for Underwater Intervention 2017 here!
2017 has started with two fatalities in the diving industry, both in Spain.
The first was on January 5th was a diver named Jesus Ramon Vazquez Tojeiro, who was carrying out a dive to recover red coral, commonly used in jewelry that is sold in China. As the amount of red coral declines, divers have to go deeper to find it. This diver died while carrying out a SCUBA Mixed Gas dive. His body was recovered 9 days later on January 14th.
The second diver died on 25th January. His name was Agustin Ortega. Currently we know very little about how he died, just that he was working at the Valdelentisco desalination plant near El Mojón in Mazarrón.
It is widely recognised that Spain has one of the worst safety records in the world, and that their diving regulatory structure is antiquated, and totally inadequate for the diving industry. Lets hope that 2017 can be the start of a total restructuring of the Spanish diving regulations, as they sorely need it.
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