The use of wheelbarrows in technical diving has increased exponentially in the last year. Unfortunately this use has taken place without any consideration of safety procedures or appropriate standards to regulate wheelbarrow use. It was inevitable that an accident would occur and the attached image shows the sorry victim of a recent accident.
Accident analysis revealed an number of errors made by the pusher.
- Excessive speed
- Overloading the wheelbarrow.
- Incorrect tyre pressure.
- Poor maintenance of wheelbarrow.
- Pusher affected by Bowmore 12 yo scotch whisky (never drink and push!)
We should immediately consider regulations to prevent this happening again.
From another member:
I too have witnessed such incidents in a similar location. I am concerned that unless a Safety Notice is issued to all operators, a fatality could result.
Please consider such mitigators including:
- only 18yo Scotch or older should be consumed before operating this equipment
- a minimum of 6 cylinders, and thereafter an even number should ever be carried for balance
- a loadmaster should observe each load and should hold the barrowman's glass, as inevitably pausing for a sip will throw the weight to one side and result in this situation
- pretrip training sessions will increase tolerance, like with deep air diving and narcosis.
Remember, I am a doctor... so I know stuff like this.