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Safety Coffee Chat: The 'Personal' Side of a Workplace Accident

By Tamara Parris
Published: July 12, 2020 | Last updated: November 4, 2021 03:27:19
Key Takeaways

Laurel Youngstrom and Curtis Weber share their first hand experiences and learnings from living through the trauma of a workplace accident.

Join in the discussion as we talk about the personal and family side of workplace accidents with Laurel Youngstrom and Curtis Weber who have experienced this trauma first hand and want to share their stories. Also joining the conversation to provide another Safety Professional view is and our Safety friend and member Steve Stelpflug!


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About Our Guests

Laurel Youngstrom is a Motivational Speaker, at Moving Safety from our Heads to our Hearts. They do safety presentations, anywhere in the country, for any shift, in any industry. My husband, Russ, is a work-related paraplegic. I have been the wife of an injured worker for over twenty-four years. By presenting both perspectives of the permanent and ongoing consequences of ignoring safety precautions, we hope to cause even just one worker out of each audience to think twice about doing something unsafe. I begin, by explaining what it was like receiving "the phone call", and driving to the hospital. Russ then explains the habits and the circumstances that led up to his accident, and the accident itself. We both discuss the physical, financial and emotional consequences of his split-second decision. We hope to show our listeners how one careless act has affected every aspect of our lives (thirty-one surgeries in twenty-four years!) Hopefully, individuals will take it to heart, and think about all of the people in their life who would be affected, if something happened to them...



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Curtis Weberis a Safety Thought leader and International Safety-Motivational Speaker who has spent decades influencing behaviours and inspiring change in safety Internationally.


No more "canned" Safety or Motivational presentations!

Curtis has committed his life and career to saving lives, after a workplace incident nearly resulted in his death. Even more, he his committed to completely customize his presentations for each client or audience to maximize his impacts. Through his "pre presentation" meetings or conference call, Curtis takes the time to discuss his client needs, wants or objectives of each planned event. Through this process, Curtis also gives his clients the opportunity to bring their own messaging into his presentation, to further customize each session.

Curtis emphasizes, that in order to develop or change a safety culture, first we must understand and influence change in human behaviours toward safety.

From a purely Inspirational/Motivational presentation, an exceptional Keynote address to a highly impactful Safety presentation, Curtis commits to developing the right presentation with the appropriate message for each client.

Return to Work: The Curtis Weber story



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Steven Stelpflugis the Principal at WordWerks Consulting. WordWerks provides unparalleled consulting expertise in the areas of Human Resources, Environmental Health & Safety, Employee Training & Development, and Quality Assurance/Control.

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Written by Tamara Parris

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Tamara Parris is the VP of Community and Business Development at Safeopedia, and owner of EHS Professionals Group on LinkedIn. Her passion is working with other EHS Professionals to collaborate in thought leadership, networking and connecting our industry peers to resources that will increase profitability and safety practices within their workplaces. Tamara has been in the Health and Safety field for over 20 years, her industry experiences include the Construction sector, CCTV and Security, and Commercial Retail industries.

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