Safety

A View on Faceplates

BY CHRIS GABEL, OCEAN EYE, INC. A diver’s viewport of the world, right? The faceplate is the visual part of any dive helmet that allows the diver to look out and the tender or dive supervisor to look in. Without speaking, you can see the look of anger, terror, delight or disgust. We see them typically scratched up, cracked or ...

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Part 2 Underwater Cutting Explosions Oxygen’s Role

Examining the risk of explosion given specific conditions.     BY FRANCIS HERMANS WITH THE COLLABORATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OF THE OCTO DIVING COMPANY In the first article of this series, we have seen how and how much H2 is produced during underwater cutting. But is this gas by itself susceptible to explode? The answer is no. How, then, does ...

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A Message From The Executive Director

PHIL NEWSUM When an ADCI contractor or school experiences a fatality, where operational or equipment deficiencies cannot be ruled out as a root cause, the Association will initiate its membership review process. I hope you enjoy this edition of Underwater. Since my last message, several developments have taken place. Probably the most notable were the two student fatalities that occurred ...

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The Perils of Saturation Diving

One of the most dangerous jobs in the oil and gas industry.     BY RAY SINCLAIR STAN DE HAAS PHOTOGRAPHY/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM That day in the summer of 1984, I was standing 140 meters on the seafloor of the North Sea. Floating above me and stationed alongside an oil rig is the Dive Support Vessel (DSV) Stadive. Mike Lambert was dive ...

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David Dodd

The Last Word David Dodd Vice President, Diving Operations, Consor Engineers, LLC, And Chairman Of The Adci-Osha Delta P Task Force UNDERWATER Magazine had the opportunity to speak with David Dodd, Vice President, Diving Operations, CONSOR Engineers, LLC, and chairman of the ADCI-OSHA Delta P Task Force. How did you land in the underwater industry? What has been your most ...

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Don’t Worry, Next Week. I Promise…

Feature BY CHRIS GABEL, OCEAN EYE, INC. Equipment maintenance should be part of your routine. Have you heard those words before from your maintenance tech, diver or supervisor about your equipment? I was surfing the internet recently and came across a great sign. The sign stated: “WARNING: If you don’t schedule maintenance, your equipment will schedule it for you.” No ...

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Danger Underwater

Stay aware and take precautions to avoid potential attacks by sea life.     BY MARY LOU JAY SERENA KELLY/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Contrary to what you see in the movies, sharks, barracudas, giant octopuses and other dangerous creatures aren’t always lurking in the ocean waiting to launch a fatal attack on divers. Such incidents are relatively rare; divers are more likely to ...

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Crane Cracks and Fatigue

There is a trend for ports to push their container cranes harder for longer, which can lead to cracks and other fatigue-related issues.     BY RICHARD PHILLIPS, MECHANICAL ENGINEER, CASPER, PHILLIPS & ASSOCIATES INC. (CPA) ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF CASPER, PHILLIPS & ASSOCIATES INC. Lately, it seems that ports have been putting off crane purchases and want to use ...

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Underwater Cutting Explosions

How much hydrogen is produced in underwater cutting.   How much hydrogen is produced in underwater cutting. BY FRANCIS HERMANS WITH THE COLLABORATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OF THE OCTO DIVING COMPANY IMAGES COURTESY OF FRANCIS HERMANS RDVECTOR/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM We have all learned in our manuals that hydrogen can be produced by two ways when cutting under water – by electrolysis and ...

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Health Check

Could your physical exam jeopardize your health in the field?   BY RACHEL BROWN POPTIKA/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM “There are so many diseases and problems that have the potential to affect a commercial diver. Unfortunately, we see a lot of doctors across the country here doing diving physicals that haven’t been trained – and they don’t realize the potential hazard that can be,” ...

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