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Help save Commercial Diver lives!


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RatHat

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There are laws governing the safety of divers that work in the North Sea, that have prevented accidents and deaths occurring at the rate that was prevalent in the 1970's.

These laws have yet to be reflected in the inshore and coastal areas of the EU.

The following have happened this year:

25th January, Belgium, Olivier Rouxhet, Civil protection fire fighter diver, drowned when trapped on a sluice gate in the river Meuse during a search for two missing children.

23rd March, Spain, Javier Macias was working (upstream) on a dam, his body was recovered downstream, it looks like he went through the spillway.

28th March, Spain, Hector Mayo, A soldier with the 5th intervention Battalion based in El Ferral de Bernesga, one of a 4 man diving team, separated from his group, body recovered the day after.

27th April, Italy, Ottavio Baumgartner, Cleaning water intake grill at a the Edipower plant in Sermide in Northern Italy, found stuck on the grill with his mask off, failed to respond to treatment.

4th June, Spain, Julio Gallo, Cleaning the propeller of a tug when 'somebody' started her up, his colleague (Andres) on the other side of the prop was injured but blown clear, Gallo got sucked through the blades and cut to pieces.

7th June, Portugal, David Garrido, Fish Farm or Fish Processing Plant, Sucked up a water inlet pipe and drowned in the hour it took to get a recovery diver to him.

9th July, Spain, Daniel Heres Álvarez, diver died gathering gelidium ( a kind of kelp used to extract several foods,pharmaceutical and cosmetics components mainly agar-agar ), in north of Spain due to unsafe procedures.

It is time the regulations took into account the safety and training of commercial divers on inland and coastal waters!



This is the preamble from a petition I have created to try to get the EU parliament to improve the safety of commercial divers in Europe.

Since posting the petition, I have received notice that the subject of diver safety will be brought up at the next EU Parliament session in September. To make an impact at that time, I would like to ask as many people as possible to sign the petition, and pass it on to as many friends as they can who may also sign it.

To sign the petition, please go to: http://www.gopetitio...s.html</strong>

Thanks in advance for your help.

Regards,
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Signer #692 at your service...

I've passed the link on, good work !

Edited by Amst3rDamag3, 05 August 2011 - 06:59 PM.

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Thanks Amst3rDamag3!

To date there are 822 signatures. Going to need a lot more, so if anyone else has the time to sign, it would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
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I just received a Thank You mail..
Counter says 1000+ now :unsure:
But they could use a lot more....

All,

Firstly, my apologies if you have already received this email. I had to sign up on a bulk emailer to be able to send out so many emails, and it has been a bit of a learning curve. If you have just got this, please read on:



The petition to Stop Commercial Diver Deaths has now reached just over 1,000 signatures, and I would like to personnally thank each and every one of you for your support.

I would also like to share something with you. The following is the comment from Paulo Baumgartner in Italy:
For my son diver Baumgartner Ottavio dead 27 April 2011 in Sermide.
This petition is for Ottavio, who died too young at 21 years of age, for the other divers who have died this year, and over the years, and for the divers who are working today, so they can go home tomorrow.

Though I thank every one of you for your help, I would like to ask something more of you. Please ask 10 of your friends or colleagues to sign the petition. Ask them to get 10 of their friends to sign, and to ask each of them to get 10 of their friends to sign.
Beg them, bully them, bribe them, do whatever it takes to get them to sign! In less than three weeks, the next session of the European Parliament will open in Brussels. I would like to send them 1,000,000 signatures. Maybe then we can bring about a change, and prevent further avoidable deaths of the people working in our industry.

Regards,
Mark Longstreath
[email protected]

http://www.gopetitio...ver-deaths.html


Just press the link, it only takes a couple of minutes and could save many lives.... :)
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Signed, specially since I'm a recreational diver myself. #2261
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