Ascension : INTERSERVE INDUSTRIAL TO THE RESCUE!
Submitted by The Islander (Islander Editors) 05.12.2013 (Article Archived on 09.01.2014)
The Interserve Industrial Services (IIS) team were very pleased to support a recent request to modify the existing ladder at One Hook
INTERSERVE INDUSTRIAL TO THE RESCUE! by Mike Webster
The Interserve Industrial Services (IIS) team were very pleased to support a recent request to modify the existing ladder at One Hook to assist the members of the local dive clubs (and other members of the community) to exit the sea safely. Prior to taking on the challenge, Wing Commander Mark Taylor, the MOD Base Commander and President of Atlantis Divers, explained that during periods of strong sea swell at One Hook, there was a real hazard to divers and snorkelers as they attempted to climb the ladder. The unpredictable rise and fall of the sea would make it extremely difficult to get a good foothold onto the bottom rung of the ladder and, once on, there was a real danger that they could be left hanging (wearing their full dive gear) where a potential long drop onto a fellow diver posed a real hazard to safety.
The ladder has been in regular use by Babcock staff for many years for accessing boats used when refuelling the BBC power station’s bulk storage tanks. Following his initial dive with Atlantis Divers, a very enthusiastic William Peat of IIS volunteered the services of the Team’s skilled craftsmen to design and fabricate a the ladder extension and install it at One Hook. The modification involved adding 4-foot to the existing ladder to enable better grip for the divers whilst still submerged in the sea. Seeing that IIS staff were committed to the project, Mike Webster, the Project Engineer, conducted a scrap heap challenge style search for material which was both sound and suitable for the application.
Having found all the necessary parts and utilising the considerable years of welding and fitting experience within the Team, the ladder extension began to take shape. After a couple of weeks of hard work the ladder was finally installed on 22nd of November by Gary Fisher and Paul Williams completing, what was, a great team effort!
There were many more people involved in successfully completing this micro project and a BIG ‘thank you’ must go to the Interserve Defence Limited stores team who put up with many requests to be allowed to rummage in their yard! Thanks also go to Warrant Officer (1st Class) Paul Kersey for backing the project, for Ed Haynes of AIG for governmental permission and to Wing Commander Taylor for setting the challenge!!