Safety

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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Mark Klein

The Last Word PROJECT MANAGER, S. T. HUDSON ENGINEERS, INC. AND ADCI-OSHA DELTA P TASK FORCE MEMBER UNDERWATER Magazine had the opportunity to speak Mark Klein, S. T. Hudson Engineers, Inc. and ADCI-OSHA Delta P Task Force SME for sonar and ROV domain awareness at power-generating facilities. What your responsibilities are at your current job? I am Project Manager as ...

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Updates from the ADCI-OSHA Delta P Task Force

BY PHIL NEWSUM JOSEPH SOHM/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Stemming the Tide of Power-Generating Fatalities in the U.S. was one of the feature articles in the last edition of Underwater. The article outlined the mission of the Task Force, which is to: Educate clients/end-users on who should perform underwater work on their facilities; Propose operational recommendations on best industry practices for performing underwater inspections, ...

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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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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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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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