Everyone has decisions to make about safety, and many of them happen in an instant. If you have the wrong safety habits, you make it much easier to make the wrong decision, which can have effects that are impossible to undo.
Company leaders are frequently given feedback from presentation attendees that Brandon’s story should be heard by the entire company. Jennifer Ryan, Sr. Manager ES&H Iowa Operations at Rockwell Collins, said,
“One of the guys who works on the line stopped me last week and said it was the best presentation he’s ever heard, and it should have been mandatory for everyone to attend!”
Brandon has worked with clients including:
Cedar Rapids Apprenticeship and Training Center
Cedar Rapids Fire Department
Clow Valve Company
Florida Power and Light
Grinnell Regional Medical
Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities
Iowa Governor’s Safety Conference
Iowa Hospital Association
Kirkwood Safety Conference
MBI Safety Conference
NECA Safety Conference
North Liberty EMS
Proctor & Gamble
St. Lukes EMS
Stark Safety Consultants
University of Iowa Safety Conference
I commend your willingness to share your experience over and over again with the hope that through your life experience you might save others from having to live through the gut-wrenching and painful experience you did.
I have worked for 30-years in the legal department of a global wire and cable manufacturing company. Part of my job is defending the company in products liability and wrongful death cases, as well as assisting our EH&S teams with internal investigations when accidents occur in our plants, on job sites, or end locations where our products may have contributed to a loss or death.. By the very nature of my profession, I must maintain a level of professionalism and businesslike approach in defending my company. There is an expectation that one has to set aside personal emotions to work a case from start to finish. It’s a difficult balance. Your story today left me in tears. But more important, it reminded me that human life is THE most important factor in all that I, my colleagues, and all of us do day-in and day-out.
Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your willingness to help others by sharing the consequences of your mistake so that they may avoid making one in their lives.
Overall I loved the presentation. It was very emotional and moving. I went from feeling sick from the pictures to feeling choked up at the potential loss that Brandon’s family could have had to endure. He really transported me and took me on that journey with him.
I really enjoyed this presentation because his overall message can be applied to so many things. Even if you don’t work with electrical panels, any split-second decision you make while driving, while using machinery or tools can cost you more than it’s worth. That day when I was driving home I kept thinking that if I took a risky turn, or tried to get through a light that was going red that I could ruin my life and my loved one’s.
I’ve been at other companies that think of safety as second to the work, but without safety there is no guarantee you will go home in the same state you came in to work. Since the presentation my coworkers have been more vigilant when it comes to safety, and I think it is due to his message that we are responsible for everyone else’s safety! I think this is a positive change, and I hope the effect stays with us.
It’s easy to handwave safety. At my other companies the employees saw PPE as a nuisance and opted out of it (much like in Brandon’s story). But what they don’t understand is that a small nuisance is worth it to protect the life that you currently have. I know I personally would be devastated if a piece of debris flew into my eye and destroyed my vision, or if my husband took a risk and ended up injured or worse.
I will say that this presentation is not for the faint of heart. I left with my heart in my stomach. However I think that kind of effect emphasizes the importance of safety overall. Now when I am thinking of taking a shortcut I think of Brandon’s story, and imagine what I could be risking. No shortcut is worth risking your life!
Heartfelt, impactful and inspiring! Brandon’s powerful message and courage to share his personal story is moving and will move your audience to believe stronger in Safety. A must to bring to your company and safety culture!!!
Con Edison was very fortunate and honored to have Brandon be the keynote speaker at the company’s annual Safety Conference this November where his dedication to share his story to influence others to follow safety rules and be a leader of safety made a lasting and powerful impression. Attendees are still abuzz about him!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your participation and presenting a keynote at the 2018 NSPC in Louisville, KY. Your dedication to safety in our industry will help our attendees achieve success protecting the employees that work for our association employers.
I received many comments on how impactful your presentation was and how much our attendees enjoyed the closing session. The NECA conference continues to grow each year and once again, the NSPC set attendance records in 2018. The continued success of our conference is directly related to the quality of our presenters and your contribution was a big part of this year’s success.
Thank you again for sharing your knowledge with our attendees. It is because of the professionals like you, our conferences continues to provide the finest safety educational sessions for our industry.
Facts, statistics, and codes, these are the things you hear about when you attend a safety talk. Many experts in the industry give this kind of talk. However, nobody can have a deeper influence than a storyteller can. Brandon takes his audience on a personal journey of becoming complacent, making wrong decisions, and the consequences of them on him and his family. Be prepared to see laughter and tears among the crowd, since his presentation invokes a wide spectrum of human emotions. Brandon shared his story at two of our Intel plants, and we are looking forward to having him share his story at our other sites.
Thank you very much for sharing your experience. I was drawn into every moment of the story, I have seen dozens of videos in my career with Con Edison, but your story was the most effective. Having been in some wild situations before, I understand your mindset leading up to the accident. I think everyone has been in that situation, not fully understanding how much is at risk, but knowing the decision your about to make is wrong. Taking that short cut because all you want to do is go home or eat lunch, or whatever it is you are looking forward to.
Once again, thank you very much. I already stared getting calls from co-workers who all agree what a powerful seminar that was.
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