Safety

When Every Minute Counts

NUI’s Compact Chest Compression Device (NCCD) has life-saving applications in the commercial diving industry BY RACHEL BROWN IMAGES COURTESY OF NUI The need for a better way to perform CPR in a diving bell was presented by medical researchers during The Bergen International Diving Seminar in November 2019, where the best current practice was to use the head or knee ...

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Stemming the Tide of Power-Generating Fatalities in the U.S.

ADCI and OSHA establish a Delta P Task Force     BY PHIL NEWSUM JOSEPH SOHM/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM In August of 2020, the ADCI and OSHA established a Delta P Task Force to address the 5 Delta P-related fatalities at power-generating facilities over a 25-month period. The task force will look at ways to educate facility operators of power-generating facilities that utilize ...

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One-Way Valves

BY CHRIS GABEL, OCEAN EYE, INC. ERIK IHLENFELD/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Whether they’re on a helmet, a surface control system, or hose, they are one of the most critical components in your system. If you didn’t get a chance, take a look at an old Myth Busters episode segment on Youtube (https://youtu.be/LEY3fN4N3D8) to see just how important it is. I use this segment ...

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The Last Word: Tony Alleman, MD, MPH, Medical Director

UNDERWATER Magazine had the opportunity to speak Tony Alleman, MD, MPH, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center Regional One Health How did you become familiar with hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the commercial diving industry? What is your background? I started out in family practice and after a handful of years, moved to occupational medicine. I attended Duke for two years and ...

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Underwater Tech: Controlling Ups and Downs

Underwater Buoyancy Technology enables more efficient dive operations     BY RICHARD FRYBURG PHOTOS COURTESY OF SUBSALVE Working underwater has always presented challenges including diver safety, site conditions and possible damage of equipment/other assets. When moving objects under water precise real time information on the location, depth, and underwater weight of the object is critical but not always available. Past operations ...

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The Gorski

BY CHRISTOPHER T. GABLE This month, the diving industry lost a pioneer. Les Gorski will always be remembered for his innovative contribution to commercial diving with the release of the Gorski G2000SS stainless steel helmet. I thought revisiting this article would be an appropriate tribute. It was originally written in 2010 when Les was still at the helm of the G2000SS. ...

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Wire Up: Part 2 of a Two-part Series

BY OCEAN EYE, INC.’S CHRIS GABEL If you missed part 1, where we covered troubleshooting two-wire confirmation, please visit www.underwatermagazine.com/2021/04/wire-up-part-1/ A Marsh Marine/4 wire system is a completely different animal from two-wire. The first thing to note is that the Marsh Marine plug should be mated to the communication line with an underwater splice. That’s great because theoretically, you don’t have wires ...

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COVID-19 Aboard

Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 on vessels BY RACHEL BROWN Maha Heang 245789/Shutterstock.com Over the past year, most everyone on the planet has spoken or heard mention of the word “COVID-19” daily. However, many conversations about COVID-19 end in questions instead of clear-cut answers. As the medical community continues to learn more about the causes and effects of the virus, we ...

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Divers Needed

With construction of offshore windfarms about to surge, U.S. diving contractors are in demand BY NICK FORTUNA Yobidaba/Shutterstock.com The old maxim that elections have consequences is undeniably true, and for advocates of renewable energy such as offshore windfarms, the 2020 election easily ranks among the most important in U.S. history. Regardless of their politics, diving contractors might soon agree, given that ...

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Working Together

ADCI and IMCA published the USCG Policy Letter, “Commercial Diving Operations – Equivalent Levels of Safety” last October, which applies to all USCG regulated vessels operating anywhere in the world. BY PHIL NEWSUM History and Background For those contractors operating in the Gulf of Mexico’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), it has been a long haul to get legislative change to USCG ...

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