Myth Busting Safety Attitudes in Commercial Diving


It is important we start and continue open, frank, and engaged communication. How can we improve, or find out where we have gaps, and how best to solve issues and close gaps, if we do not listen to each other?

Here and there during the presentations at UI 2015, I saw a few skeptical looks on the data, and remarks that these answers were not necessarily correct. The point with this presentation is that we have little access to important information which can help us prevent the recurrence of events, be it from federal agencies which do not know how to properly track commercial diving accidents, or companies which would not rightly make incidents public.

As one respondent so wisely said: “We have not had a ‘new’ diving accident in 30 years, we just keep repeating the same mistakes”

The important thing here, I want to remind you, is that a survey is not fact. If you want hard facts on data, then you need a census which collects information about EVERY member of a population. Well, we don’t have access to every member of the whole population of commercial divers. What we have is a sample and an opinion piece. If we do not agree with the majority of opinions and we think this majority is wrong, then we need to collectively reflect on how to better educate or communicate what we believe is correct.

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