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Safety Awareness Presentation

A Fall From Height Story



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Hi Gary, Sorry to trouble you, but I wanted to thank you for the talk you made to CIIU project this morning at the Inchyra Hotel. David Carroll passed on your e-mail address – I hope that was OK. It was incredibly brave of you not only to have come through the recovery and rehabilitation process that you have, but to share your experience with everyone there today. That’s a very courageous thing to do. It’s certainly a presentation that will stay with me.

It was particularly poignant, as the anniversary has just passed, of a head injury I sustained following a fall 3 years ago, when I slipped on ice (no drink involved!) during the Christmas period. It was clearly nothing on the scale of injuries you sustained in 1996, but the graphic detail of your presentation took me back to the accident.

I was fortunate enough to be back at work within 10 weeks, but I was in no way prepared for the effects that trauma has on your body and how you have to adapt (albeit temporarily in my case). Apart from a cut to the head (which was in my hair) – nothing about my accident was visible and I remember being incredibly embarrassed by many of the symptoms I was experiencing (including my speech being quite affected for some time) and tried to hide them from family and medical staff. My priority was to get out of hospital to be back home with my daughter and I felt incredibly guilty in being unable to do that at the time. The whole experience was terrifying – not least because it’s a stark reminder of your own mortality. Your incredible story will resonate with every audience I’m sure. Best wishes to you and your family for a very Happy and Healthy 2014.

Ruth Rennie – Electrical Project Engineer, BP CIIU Project


I would like to share with you my heartfelt feelings and express the effect you had on me when delivering your safety talk. It’s true what they say; “never judge a book by its cover”, as I did with you before this talk.

The presentation given by you was hard hitting but amazingly done, I never knew your background before the talk. I sat with my fellow workers and I’m not embarrassed to say, I choked back tears. The talk had me well and truly switched on making me think about safety with a whole new perspective.

Once the talk was over, I wanted to speak to you face to face but found it very hard to hold myself together. I cannot explain just how much the presentation hit home, I told my family about it that night and found it very hard to explain without those emotions I felt directly after the talk.

Stevie Ure – Cape, Scaffolding Supervisor


I cannot thank you enough for telling your story yesterday, it really went down well with the BP team. Many people have come to me to say how touched they were by your story and that they were fighting back the tears listening to you. Many people have also said how different it was to have a speaker like yourself and what you did yesterday really did get them thinking about why it is important to stay safe, so well done.

I know this wasn’t easy for you but you really should be proud of what you did yesterday, it takes a lot of courage. I am sure I send this message on behalf of everyone who was present yesterday, a sincere thank you and well done. Speak soon, and all the best to you and your family for the year ahead.

David Carroll – HSSE Lead, BP CIIU Project, Grangemouth


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