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"There is nothing special about my accident. I was one of six-hundred people seriously injured across the UK paper industry in the year 2000. That year there were 27000 people - across all industries - that had a serious injury at work in the UK. What is special is the operation I had and the fact I’m still here to tell the tale, to inspire others to be safe at home and work for the ones we love."
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I'm passionate about safety, to make sure that everybody goes home safely everyday in one piece to their families
Paul Mahoney, Tech IOSH

Health and Safety Motivational Speaker

Paul J Mahoney

Clients Include

Health and Safety Training for Crossrail
Health and Safety Training for Lucozade
Health and Safety Training for Diageo
Health and Safety Training for Allied Bakeries
Health and Safety Training for Asda
Health and Safety Training for Dalkia
Health and Safety Training for Ds Smith
Health and Safety Training for Shell
Health and Safety Training for Tarmac
Health and Safety Training for IOSH
Health and Safety Training for Nokia
Health and Safety Training for Stadco

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Inspirational Safety Speaker

Paul Mahoney

Paul Mahoney - Inspirational safety speaker
Having been involved in an industry accident in 2000, I now travel the globe inspiring others in working for a safer today and tomorrow.


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2000 / Present

Paul's Story

In November 2000 Paul was working as a Process Operator and Engineer at the Recycled Fibre Plant in Kemsley, Kent. He was involved in a machinery incident, which resulted in his left arm being severed above the elbow.
Paul’s story was shown as part of the BBC’s 999 programme as his arm was retrieved and reattached. Whilst Paul has his arm back, with limited use, it does not hold him back. As he is honest and open about that day and the ripple that is continuing to this day.

The incident has also had a profound effect on Paul psychologically and socially, affecting his relationships with his wife, family, work mates and friends. Paul’s story is incredibly raw and powerful, as he talks about getting back on his feet and dealing with a new world, in his own honest way of expressing this fact.

It acts as a reminder of the fundamental importance of key safety behaviours such as risk assessment, communication, and lock off procedures. It also highlights the need to think about custom and practice in the workplace and the need to encourage people to question and challenge. It is about joining the dots and speaking up, to ensure everybody goes home every day to loved ones.

There are many opportunities for Paul’s story to be told. As a part of a safety stand down day, a site tour or perhaps as part of a conference. With the opportunity to question Paul regarding the details of his accident and its consequences, no attendee can escape the reality of human error or the tragic outcomes that can result from such incidents.

When effectively designed, the encounter with Paul can be life changing as delegates are forced to relate their own safety behaviours to those that resulted in personal tragedy for the speaker. These occasions are clearly emotional and provide the ideal opportunity for an experienced facilitator to assist delegates to realise the risks that they take together with the potential adverse consequences and influence them to adopt a different approach to their personal safety.

Paul has spoken around the world to industries far and wide. Even though Paul’s story sits beautifully with those in manufacturing and engineering, the story suits all industries as it will help align organisations to where Paul, his colleagues and employer were, to that of their own current position concerning health and safety and the culture that exists within it.
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