Underwater cutting of steel or "burning" can lead to an accident if proper techniques are not followed. In this video, Preventing Underwater Burning Accidents, Steven M. Barsky explains how this can occur.
Commercial diving is a hazardous profession. Although the number of lost-time accidents and cases of decompression sickness has greatly decreased over the years, make no mistake, the commercial diver normally works in a dangerous industrial environment. Prudent diving contractors do everything they can to minimize the risks in commercial diving, but it is impossible to completely eliminate all of the dangers a person may encounter.
Commercial divers work in inshore environments, in relatively shallow water, but also at extreme depths, often hundreds of feet below the surface of the sea. In order to work in these environments successfully, the diver is dependent on a range of life-support equipment, as well as the expertise of his topside crew.
Steven M. Barsky knows his way around commercial diving systems and is knowledgeable in the job site hazards, the diving gear, the procedures, as well as the standards and regulations that apply to the industry. Steve co-chaired the committee and helped write the first standard for the Association of Diving Contractors International for contaminated water diving procedures. Steve also served on the advisory board for H2OPs, an international commercial diving magazine.
Steve has been qualified in Federal Admiralty Court as a commercial diving expert witness in several cases. Contact Steve for a consultation on your next diving accident case, whether you are working for the defense or the plaintiffs.
Steve Barsky has handled the inspection of a wide range of equipment in commercial diving accidents.
Steve Barsky has worked aboard jack-up rigs, semi-submersibles, barges, supply ships, and dedicated diving support vessels.
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