Inspired by a double workplace tragedy, a team of eight students at CIT have developed an award winning innovation. The HydroFLOcean device has been developed to prevent workers from getting trapped underwater and drowning while working on a work platform. The new HydroFLOcean design will separate the user from a work platform when it is submerged in water.
The HudroFLOcean is attached to the worker’s harness on one side and to the safety cable connecting to the maintenance platform on the other. It uses the same inflation device used in life jackets to activate a gas canister once it hits water. The canister fires and uses pressure to force a pin out, causing the device to split in two, which in turn separates the user from the sinking platform.
The device has seen the team win the CIT 2016 prize for innovation and the prestigious Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys award.They now go forward to compete against teams from 22 counties for the overall James Dyson Award, and the top prize of €35,000.