A member has reported an incident in which a diver sustained a cut injury to his left hand palm whilst working with a hydraulic impact wrench. A team of two divers were engaged in removing bolts of an old riser clamp at shallow depths. During one such bolt removal, when the first diver held the wrench’s trigger handle using one hand, the wrench socket came off from the bolt and the wrench began to fall. He attempted to prevent the wrench from falling to the seabed, and whilst doing so, his left hand came in contact with the rotating/revolving socket, and the socket retaining pin (makeshift welding rod) cut the palm of his left hand.
The diver was safely and promptly recovered to surface and provided with first aid. Then he was sent to the doctor for further evaluation. He resumed duty on the same day.
An investigation revealed that a long welding rod twisted around the socket had been used as a retaining pin to prevent the socket from falling off during use. This practice was considered ‘normal’.
The following actions were taken to prevent recurrence:
- As advised by the manufacturer, use of the correct size and length of retaining pin, covered by an O-ring, to secure the socket.
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