With over 15 years in the construction industry, Steve Howe understands the hazards faced by workers daily and why safety is often viewed as an impedance.
In the spring of 2006, while working as a young tree faller on the Sea to Sky Highway project in British Columbia, Steve suffered an unimaginable injury. Despite the feeling that something wasn’t right that morning, Steve pushed forward – as many would – to get the job done. Unfortunately for Steve, this decision – to ignore his gut – resulted in being struck by an excavator bucket through his abdomen and being dragged for several feet. It was the beginning of a drastically altered life.
He was told he would never walk again and it almost broke him. However, throughout his many days in the hospital Steve had a chance to reflect on his journey and muster the courage and strength to challenge his projected outcome. Steve believes fiercely that we control our destiny. We have the choice to speak up when things don’t feel right. We have the choice to stop someone from engaging in unsafe acts. We have the choice to do the safe thing every time. Not only at work but in our day-to-day lives. So he decided to chose a different path and after years of dedicated work, he is now able to walk again.
Steve shares how at 22 years old, he felt invincible. Sure, he had heard stories of workplace injuries, but it would never happen to HIM. Sadly, this belief, shared by so many workers, is what ultimately led to his accident. By reflecting on his injury and drawing on his experiences working in the field of safety, Steve has found what he considers to be the keys to success in preventing all workplace injuries. A goal that he has believes to be 100% obtainable.
Living through 78 surgeries, 90 Days in a Coma and over 500 days in a hospital allowed Steve the opportunity to reflect on his accident and he developed a passion to share his story with others. His message of survival, emphasizing the importance of working safety not just for yourself but others around you, has been heard all around the world from Vancouver to Australia.
As a safety consultant, Steve travels across the country sharing his story and inspiring audiences to trust their gut. And reminding them that he used to live to work but now he works to live. This keeps what’s important – his family, his health, his life – at the forefront of every safety decision he makes today.
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- Inspiring a Culture of Safety
This keynote covers the narrative of Steve in his early career where the rules and best practices did not apply to him, his perception of Safety and how he never thought he would fall victim to a workplace incident. He inspires audiences with his story of recovery and shares how his 15 years on constructions sites since his accident has established his expertise on how to promote and establish a culture of safety in the workplace.