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Hal Lomax

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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Two years to the day after the death of Luke Seabrook, charges have been laid in his death. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/safety-violations-diver-death-nova-scotia-power-tidal-plant-1.4206991
  5. 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

    My most recent BOSIET update was with FALK located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. They also have an excellent course there
  7. My BEST OF SHOW at Underwater Intervention

    Once it has been developed to the point of being surface monitored, I can see the oil companies requiring this technology for all asset inspections in zero visibility. The sales people ought to be marketing this to Chevron, Shell, Exxon-Mobil, BP, Total, Aramco and the rest of the lot just as soon as they can get the imagery onto a surface monitor. This looks like breakthrough technology to me.
  8. Two divers Died in Panama November 2016

    No, John it has not been made a front page article.
  9. Serious Gas Leak

    A gas release like that would turn any sat job to shit.
  10. Serious Gas Leak

    Wow - if there was enough gas released to cause vessel stability issues, that was no minor release. That makes it even more of a miracle that there was not multiple fatalities. I'll be watching also to see if there is an IMCA Safety Flash on this. Tell me Derek, was it a surface oriented or sat job?
  11. Serious Gas Leak

    This incident sounds like it had the potential for multiple casualties / fatalities. Glad it did not turn out that way. Now let's just hope that the contractor and the oil company both learn from this incident and perform a proper LOTO in the future.
  12. This year the Canadian Underwater Conference and Exhibition is in the nation's capital, Ottawa. The link to the website is http://www.underwaterconference.ca/
  13. First Two Fatalities in 2017

    They seem to have one or two fatalities every year in Spain. This is terrible news.
  14. Two divers Died in Panama November 2016

    Thank you Gabriel, very much appreciated. If there is anything the Divers Association can do to help you get these safety regulations put in place, please let us know. We would all be more than happy to help you.
  15. DMAC 12 Seismic Activity

    Bagshy, there are two things to bear in mind: 1) US Navy says the following "there is no safe distance from an underwater explosion" 2) A few years ago a South African scuba club, attempting to break the Guinness Record, had 200 divers enter a large pool. Once they were all in, a flash-bang was tossed in to recall them. There was one fatality, several serious injuries I realize that air cannon are used now instead of explosives, but it is the hydraulic shock wave that poses the risk of fatality, with the sound waves posing a risk of hearing damage. Thermocline layers and tide shear can reduce the distance the shock waves can travel, but bottom topography can magnify the effect. Working in Saudi when they were doing seismic work, we halted diving ops whenever they were within 5 nautical miles of us. At that time, we were working in the 100 fsw range. There is one way to mitigate the effects of subsea blasting, and I assume it would work with air cannon: an air curtain.