Hyperbaric Chamber Explosion

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  1. fdog

    fdog ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I was gifted to be able to attend last years' Benefit for the Catalina Chamber, courtesy of the gracious sponsorship of Tobin George. As a former hyperbaric Chamber operator, this hits especially home.

    It is with great sadness that I report an explosion of a Hyperbaric Chamber in Ocala, FL, which killed the inside chamber tender and the patient (a horse).

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    Sadly, all the best, James
     
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  2. Zodiacdiverdave

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    It's been a while since I have heard of a HBC explosion. Sad thing.
    ZDD
     
  3. Garrobo

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    I thought that race horses wore aluminum shoes.
     
  4. DandyDon

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    It was a horrible accident, and there are conflicting reports and confusion over reports. Some excerpts...

    From Manufacturer urges facilities to stop using hyperbaric chambers following explosion
    From Woman identified in fatal Marion County hyperbaric chamber explosion | News - Home
    From Woman, horse killed, 1 injured in Marion Co. hyperbaric... | www.wftv.com
     
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  5. pjhansman

    pjhansman Surface Interval Member

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    There's more to it then a spark from a horseshoe. Oxygen is not a fuel - it doesn't burn. It had to come into contact with a fuel to cause an explosion.
     
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  6. Hatul

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    I can understand the horse, as I almost had a claustrophobic panic attack on entering a small chamber on a dive ship. I closed my eyes and meditated through it and when the ventilation started fortunately the feeling went away.

    Perhaps they should have sedated the horse first.
     
  7. DennisS

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    How much methane is in a horse fart?:D

    A little bit of Acetylene gas and Oxygen makes a boom that sound likes a cannon, I'll speculate that methane and O2 would be an explosive mixture.
     
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  8. DandyDon

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    I think it was mentioned that they usually do, but this horse had been in before and seemed to behave well. I'd want it sedated.

    Enough to ignite a horse tail...?
     
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  9. rmh84

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    I had to chime in on this one, my other expencive hobby is as a horseback rider (the only thing in the world I may like even more then diving).

    Yes, there are lightweight shoes made of composite, aluminum, and even rubber like the bottom of a tennis shoe, and they do tend to use them on racehorses. However, Ocala is the winter sport horse mecca of the universe, so you're dealing with mostly high end jumping or other olympic dicipline horses at this time of year in that part of the world. Most horses still wear steel shoes because they can be re-worn many times, are less expencive, and don't require particular expertise to apply.

    Yes, the horse should have been sedated. Most performance horses are used to tight spaces, they go on long trailer rides regularly, so it would not be unheard of to take a horse that has always traveled calmly and trust him. Sedation always has it's risks, so it's always better to go without if at all possible. That said, **** happens with horses, they're more predictable then humans, but who knows... the handler could have moved abruptly causing the horse to become upset. We'll likely never 100% know.

     
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  10. DandyDon

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    I've been wondering how they handle ear clearing with a horse?
     
  11. ajduplessis

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    finger in it's @#$% :D
     
  12. DivingOtter

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    We heard about this story exactly 5 mins before going into the chamber to 187 fsw. I asked the exact question and was told they would just have to pressurize it very slowly.

    ---------- Post added at 02:09 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:20 AM ----------

    I had these handy dandy Pressure Equilization tubes inserted in my tympanic membrane so that my ears never have to clear, air passes through them naturally, and since I do commercial hard hat diving and my ears stay dry I can bounce dive all day and make it to the bottom as fast as I can fall, also when they had to stop the chamber time and time again so people could clear i didnt feel a thing, just sat back and relaxed. just makes it difficult for scuba ops, i have to wear micky mouse ear cup mask thing to keep them dry..
     
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