Workplace Safety Is Job #1

by / Thursday, February 26, 2015 / Published in Safety

In those precious milliseconds, when my worst fears were realized, I lost not only ten coworkers, but my freedom, my future, and the use of much of my body. The blast had hurled me right through the roof. I flew over a two a story building over 300 feet through the sky, and then landed hard on a concrete parking lot on my head and shoulders. When the paramedics found me, my body was broken over at the chest like most people bend at the waist and blood and cerebral spinal fluid were oozing from my nose, ears and mouth.

Kevin says: Yes, You Can!

Safety education comes 1st because without that education you’ll be operating with a real handicap!

Excruciating pain swept through me. It was the last thing – the only thing – that I remember from the moments before I lost consciousness. I woke up in the hospital to find out I was completely paralyzed from the chest down, confined to a wheelchair for life. I was face down in a hospital bed with massive internal and external injuries. My doctors told me there had been an explosion, and while I was injured, ten of my co-workers were dead. I wondered if they had been the lucky ones. My first reaction upon regaining consciousness was an overwhelming fear. I was almost completely immobile with all kinds of tubes and needles poking out of me, and every other second, piercing pain shot through my spine. When the doctors revealed to me that I was a paraplegic, I fell into a massive depression.

I had always been a very athletic person, and now I couldn’t even get out of bed by myself. I was stripped of my pride and personal dignity, paralyzed from the chest down and left alone to wallow in self-pity. Depression and self-doubt consumed me, dominating my thoughts and reducing me to a shell of my former self. I thought my life was over. It wasn’t only my arms and legs that had been rendered immobile, but I was also convinced that I had lost my positive, never-give-up spirit.

Kevin played sports in college on athletic scholarship.

While I have rebounded from that dark day to accomplish unimaginable feats, like becoming a World Paralympic Champion & wheelchair athlete, I also derive great pleasure from helping others see the importance of making safety job one on the work site.

Kevin shines at Paralympic Games

Blueprint for Success

By becoming a world champion wheelchair athlete and in-demand motivational and safety speaker, my hope is to contribute to a world in which we all strive to use workplace safety strategies to help ensure that no one else will have to endure the pain and suffering that I did – and still do to this very day. Now I continue to overcome adversity and severe pain on a daily basis.

My goal is to bring my safety message to your group and to hit the Safety points that your organization needs to emphasize right on spot!

“Kevin Saunders hit the Safety points that our company wanted to emphasize right on spot! People are still talking about your exciting presentation and the positive impact you made for our Annual Safety Convention this past May. Thanks for helping remind us that when it comes to safety in the workplace ‘There’s Always a Way’ when you Never Give Up!”
Workplace accidents affect companies, families and the community.

Workplace accidents don’t just affect the injured individual, they also impact companies, families and the community.

I receive messages like this from previous safety presentations I have given to corporations and businesses. My goal is to help you as you write your “Blueprint for Success” – in your organization, your community and your personal life.

When it comes to Safety becoming 1st on the job every day on every task I want everyone to WIN the GOLD! by GOING ACCIDENT FREE!

“One of the most heroic and valiant endeavors in sports I have ever seen is the effort and struggle of Kevin Saunders. I am inspired by his message of There’s Always A Way. He is not a dependent in this world but a thrilling contributor to this world.”

Bob Richards,
Two-Time Olympic Pole Vault Gold Medalist

Olympian Bob Richards

Keep Going for the GOLD! Never Give Up!
Kevin Saunders, motivational speaker
Kevin Saunders

Kevin Saunders is a World Champion Paralympian, motivational speaker, athlete (with multiple gold medals) and author. Kevin Saunders was the first person with a disability appointed to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness Sports (only 20 people are selected for this nationwide) by the President of the United States. Kevin Saunders was first chosen to be appointed to the prestigious Council by President George H.W. Bush and was the only person reappointed by to this Council by President Bill Clinton and he was reappointed again by President George W. Bush as a constituent expert to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. Learn more about Kevin’s story and accomplishments.

One Response to “Workplace Safety Is Job #1”

  1. Galen Falk says :

    Kevin, I appreciate all the inspiration that you have given to so many different people. You surely have blessed many, including God! God bless you!