China Light & Power (CLP) refused to pay for a second underwater site inspector, despite concern for the first diver's safety, a tribunal heard. The power giant said it had only agreed to pay for one diver, adding World-Wide Diving Contractor's team was overly cautious when it insisted its first diver resurface after 60 minutes. A second diver was then sent down to speed up the work. But CLP refused to pay for the second inspector, and deducted $8,135 from the company's invoice. The dive company fought back, taking the power giant to the Small Claims Tribunal. It scored a victory yesterday when a tribunal adjudicator ordered CLP to pay. After hearing expert testimony, Adjudicator David Lok concluded the dive team had legitimate cause for concern. 'It would be extremely dangerous for a diver to stay under water for too long, as the [nitrogen] bubbles in the body may cause permanent damage to various parts of the body or even fatal injuries,' Mr Lok told the tribunal in a written judgment. He noted CLP site engineer Chan Chi-wai had given the team permission to send a second diver down. 'The agreement to send in the second diver would definitely benefit CLP as it would facilitate the completion of the construction work at the site,' he said. World-Wide Diving Contractor was carrying out inspection work at CLP's Black Point Power Station between May 11, 1994, and December 31 last year. There was underwater construction work at the site, and the dive team was hired to ensure that the work being carried out by CLP's other contractors was up to standard.