The annual Western Pulp and Paper Workers Safety and Health Conference was held Nov. 27-30, 2012, in Portland and featured four days of workshops and roundtable discussions, including a keynote presentation by Tony Crow.
Crow, blinded after a hunting accident in 2003, shared his program, "It's Not Just About Me." Crow worked for a Texas utility for more than two decades and offered some special insights into why safety must be a critical piece of everything you do – both on and off the job.
"I wore safety glasses everyday for 26 years where I worked but when I'd leave work, I never put safety glasses on," said Crow.
Crow explained that had he worn safety glasses while hunting, he would still have his eyesight today. He emphasized the fact that accidents do not just affect the person injured, but everyone in that person's circle of influence.
"We're safe at work, but then when we leave work, we don't think about it," Crow said.
"Some of the guys I worked with said it changed their whole life seeing what happened to me."
Hear more from Tony Crow by downloading this podcast: www.orosha.org/audio/podcasts.html
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