A workplace accident left father-of-two Rohan Sykes in an induced coma fighting for his life with third-degree burns to 35 per cent of his body – but that’s just how his inspirational and emotional story starts. As a motivational and informative speaker for Phoenix Workplace Safety, Rohan shares his story spurred by the notion that ‘every worker should feel they are entitled to go to work and come home every day’.
A qualified fitter and turner, Rohan was working at a glass bottle factory in Melbourne’s west in 2011 when exposure to radiant heat from molten glass caused his upper body to catch fire. He followed all correct safety procedures and was wearing correct safety clothing, but high-pressure emergency hoses failed to work. Drama ensued, and he would end up in an induced coma for three days and hospital for six weeks.
From beating what might have killed him, to battling the guilt of the perceived strain on his young family, to exposing the safety systems that failed him – Rohan’s biggest motivation, other than his family, is now helping others avoid going through the pain that he did.
Rohan’s story will make industrial workplaces and individuals completely re-think the way they approach safety. Having Rohan speak at your workplace or to your group will provide an emotional insight into the devastating impact of a lapse in workplace safety systems.
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