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Workplace Safety
A Powerful Keynote

Location: Standard, Alberta

Reputation: Provincial

Member Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©

David and Jamie Dyck deliver a powerful true story on the subject of:

Workplace Safety – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

David Dyck was involved in a horrendous workplace explosion in 2003. His miraculous survival has led to him being known as “EXPLOSION MAN - The Man Who Lived”.

David was working at an Oilfield Services Company in Standard, Alberta washing sand out of a tank truck.  While kneeling on top of the truck, with his arm through the hatch holding onto a hose and his head directly over the opening, suddenly, there was an explosion. The explosion blew a hole in the metal roof of the truck wash three metres above David.  He was blown through that opening, 10 meters into the air, with his right leg hitting a metal truss.  He then fell back through the same hole, landing on top of the truck.

Upon arriving at the hospital via STARS, and after being assessed, the doctors found David had a broken left leg, his right kneecap had split, his right femur was shattered into more than 20 pieces, his lefteardrum was perforated and there were severe burns to his face, neck, right hand and arm. David remained in hospital for five weeks, undergoing surgery for his shattered femur and skin grafting for his burns.  His injuries confined him to a wheelchair for several months.

Through his absolute grit and determination, he was able to return to work nine months after the explosion. Beginning with STARS at their Annual General Meeting in 2004, David and his wife Jamie have been asked to share their story to a wide range of groups promoting workplace safety and/or as a motivational/inspirational keynote speaker. Both are articulate presenters.

They receive enthusiastic feedback from their audiences and they feel that David’s story has a positive impact on those who attend. At the end of their keynote presentation, the couple has received a standing ovation and many people have been moved to tears.

Their story has a lasting impact. In spite of the fact that David had taken all the necessary precautions and implemented safety procedures above and beyond those required, David still found himself at the center of a huge workplace explosion.

His true story will inspire all supervisors and workers to not only follow and enforce the safety rules but also follow and use common sense when hazardous materials and conditions are involved.

The powerful message of this dynamic keynote address is threefold:

  • Be Selfish, be Smart, be Safe,
  • Wear your PPE for yourself, and
  • No matter how safely you conduct yourself in the workplace, incidents happen; being prepared can save your life.

Previous Clients:

Agrium - Safety meeting
ATCO Gas - Safety meeting
Canadian Association of Burn Nurses
Cenovus - Safety meeting
Central Alberta Home Builders Association
EnCana - Safety meeting
Harvest Hills Alliance Church (Calgary)
Husky (Calgary)
Investors Group (Drumheller)
Kin Club (Calgary)
Knights of Columbus (Drumheller)
Lions Convention (Strathmore)
Rumsey Ride (Rumsey)
STARS Fundraisers (several times)
Steak Pit Sponsored Fundraiser (Bragg Creek)

“I just had a call from the Kin Club Convention; they wanted me to pass on their thanks to you… that they had never had speakers like you and that they were so thankful to see and hear you speak.”
Sarah Hughes STARS
“David is a truly inspirational story teller and his wife Jamie is a strong-willed survivor in her own right.”
Fraser Gamble, Director Aviation Canada Inc.
“I just wanted to drop you a line to say THANK YOU for an amazing presentation. The delegates loved you and I hope that it has inspired them to do more. So many people were touched by your story and it was amazingly positive. Thank you for touching our hearts.”
Davina, District Director, Service, CF Liaison
“The employees who participated were riveted by David’s story. It really demonstrated to our employees the importance of wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for each particular work assignment. Having them present in person and share their real-life experience really captured my employee’s attention and drove home the importance of following safety procedures.”
Tamra Anderson, Human Resource/Safety Director, Morrissey Inc.
“Thank you for your wonderful presentation.  It was so awesome!   During your presentation it was so quiet which is so unusual for REALTORS®. You certainly had their undivided attention. Your words left everyone in awe”
Nancy Mackie, CRAE, Executive Officer CARA
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