High-Risk & HazMat

High-risk and hazmat diving - Midco Diving & Marine Services

Midco Diving & Marine Services, Inc. is trained, staffed, equipped, and experienced in performing underwater operations that most companies are not qualified to perform. Our high-risk commercial diving team is able to offer solutions for problems involving work in hazardous environments — all within a 24-hour response time.

The high-risk and hazmat professional divers at Midco have undergone the designated training programs and certifications for professional performance compliant with government standards.

Our high-risk commercial diving team also has the equipment necessary for mobilization at work sites with hazardous conditions. These hazardous conditions may include highly contaminated water, confined work spaces, radiation, zero visibility, and high-altitude operations.

Contaminated/HazMat/High-Risk Commercial Diving Services Include:

40-hour HAZWOPER Qualified Dive Teams

The 40-Hour HAZWOPER is a training certification in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER). The certification is granted under OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards. Midco’s haz-mat professional divers receive 40 hours of instruction, 3 days of training, and 8 hours of refresher training on an annual basis to maintain HAZWOPER certification. Services provided under this certification include:
  • Clean-up of uncontrolled hazardous waste sites
  • Handling of hazardous waste at treatment, storage, or disposal facilities
  • Emergence response to the inadvertent release of hazardous waste

Contaminated Sediment Dredging

The elimination, or dredging, of contaminated sediments from a waterway often poses hazardous or high-risk threats. Risk is especially high if the concentration of the contaminated material is great. Once removed, contaminated sediments must be controlled and destroyed in accordance with State and Federal environmental regulations (US Environmental Protection Agency).

Clarifier Repair & Desludging

Clarifiers play a major role in the sedimentation process of wastewater treatment—they remove hazardous solids that have been deposited in the stored water. Eventually, the routine filtration of solids calls for restoration or removal of materials that comprise the function of the clarifier.

Wastewater Plant Services

In addition to clarifier desludging and repair, Midco offers a substantial list of hazmat or high-risk commercial diving services for wastewater plants, including cleaning, inspection, removal, and installation of malfunctioning parts, such as sluice gates, intakes, and outfalls.

Barrel Recovery

Midco Diving specializes in the expert removal of barrels containing dangerous items or materials spilled or disposed of in bodies of fresh or saltwater.

Contaminated Water Diving

Contaminated water diving covers a broad spectrum of services, all of which should be conducted by a professional dive team capable of fully assessing the associated risk. Contaminated water can be found in any number of controlled or accidental instances, all of which require a contamination assessment before diving. Water contamination can pose serious health risks to divers, and diving should be considered a last resort.

Nuclear Diving

Where haz-mat or high-risk commercial diving indicates contact with hazardous materials in a submerged environment, nuclear diving implies exposure to radiation while underwater. Underwater radiation is a very real and serious threat — therefore, nuclear diving is considered a decidedly hazardous occupation. Various safety measures are called for in nuclear diving — most essential is specialized equipment that does not absorb radiation or pose a removal problem after several dives are complete.

High-Altitude Diving

High-altitude diving is defined by the use of diving equipment in bodies of water where the surface is 300 meters (nearly 1,000 feet) above sea-level. The greatest risk associated with high-altitude diving is decompression sickness due to significant differences in atmospheric pressure.

Do you have a project coming up that requires the expertise of high-risk or haz-mat professional divers? Contact us today—we would love to discuss the details of your project!