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Gold Medal Safety: Courage, Communication & Stress Response

12 years, 2 million practice strokes, 7,200 practices sessions, 13,000 hours on the water. 

Olympic training statistics are remarkable.  I know.  I lived it.  However, when discussing Olympic results, one measure of success and failure is often overlooked:

How many workers died in preventable safety incidents to create a successful Olympic experience?  For me, it was 24.

Ten workers died preparing the Beijing Olympic facilities where I competed and won in 2008.

Fourteen workers died to produce the Athens Olympics where I competed just four years earlier.

These workplace fatality numbers break my heart, and many more life-changing injuries hide behind each fatality number.

But there is hope.  The London Olympics pursued safety with an overt Olympic mindset and delivered the best safety performance on record for a summer games.  Not one worker died due to workplace neglect.  Now, that’s an Olympic record to strive for!

What is Gold Medal Safety?   A Zero-Harm worksite.

Zero-harm can seem as daunting as winning an Olympic Gold Medal, so we need to have the courage to dream this big.  Aim for perfection, accept excellence.  That is how you win the Olympics.  That is how you build a strong safety culture.  That is how you win in a competitive marketplace.

The insights, questions and stories shared in Adam’s keynote will help safety leaders and their organizations build and sustain Gold Medal Safety at every level of an organization.

Adam’s industry customized, thought provoking and behaviour changing Gold Medal Safety keynote teaches participants:

  1. Practical and effective communication and conflict resolution models for safe work environments.
  2. Successful responses to hazardous stress triggers.
  3. To harness courage and speak with authority under pressure.
  4. To take personal responsibility for team Safety.