Health and safety is a priority for Enva. Whether on a customer site or at our own processing facilities, we adhere to the highest standards. We have a long established safety management system (OHSAS 18001) and constantly develop and deliver training and awareness programmes. We also continuously monitor national and international regulations and best practise to ensure that our operations are carried out to the highest standards.
However throughout the month of January, the importance of health and safety in the workplace and the “real-life” implications were brought to the forefront following presentations and workshops led by James Gorry. James is a motivational speaker who is determined to spread his message of taking personal responsibility for our own Health and Safety.
He is well placed to present on the repercussions and aftermath of workplace accidents.
“On October 15th 2005, I was working at a galvanising plant in Dublin repairing a damaged roof and slipped and fell in through the roof, falling twenty six feet to the ground.
That is the day that changed my life forever.”
James lost the use of his legs. He is now paraplegic complete and confined to a wheelchair. He spent 3 months in intensive care, in a coma with brain injuries in Tallaght Hospital.
“I awoke to the stark extent of my injuries, fourteen broken ribs, lungs half filled with blood and fractured vertebrae which pierced my spine at the T11.”
James was then transferred to the rehabilitation hospital in Dun Laoghaire for occupational therapy, physiotherapy and psychological therapy and started on the long and hard road to recovery and trying to rebuild his life. Through hard work and determination, James and his family have overcome this tragedy.
James now presents on the reality of life after workplace accidents and highlights the importance of health and safety in an impactful, meaningful and hard hitting way. He draws on his personal experience and details the impact of the accident on him and also on his family.
He engaged with all Enva team members through a series of presentations and workshops throughout January and truly got the message across that we all have to take personal responsibility for ensuring the success of health and safety practices in the workplace
Anne Phelan, Group HSE Manager commented “Through his honest, open and candid account of his accident and the aftermath, James has conveyed the importance of everyone taking responsibility for their own health and safety and the benefit of good communication and team work. The real life consequences and physical, emotional and financial impact on James and his family really hit home with everyone.”