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Diver hand burn injury during underwater cutting operation

A member has reported an incident where a diver received a burn to his hand during use of underwater cutting equipment. The company concerned has advised its employees as follows.

Before using such equipment, ensure that

  • hose and cables are in good condition with no visible cuts, cracking or splitting. Cable lug connectors should be securely attached and without visible excessive corrosion;
  • all electrical connections are watertight. This can be achieved by carefully taping the connection with approved electrical insulating tape. Tape should extend at least 10cm/4″ up the cable on both sides of the connection;
  • equipment is seen to be in overall good condition. If any doubt exists as to the condition of cutting and burning .equipment, guidance should be sought from the appropriate manager prior to commencement of work;
  • any defective components noted during the inspection process should be removed and replaced before equipment is used. Replaced components should be marked and stored in a safe and secure area, and passed for further inspection/ management action as soon as practicable.
  • equipment is operated and maintained as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

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