"Dylan, I wanted to thank you for the excellent, hard hitting and thought provoking talk you recently did for my team in Bolton. You really are an inspiration!
If anyone is looking for someone who can make a real difference, challenge behaviours, apathy and how others view health and safety, then I would highly recommend Dylan.
The talk is about Dylan's workplace accident, how and why it happened, the impact on him, his loved ones, and his then workplace.
It is very rare to meet someone who is such a positive role model."
"Amazing talk with Dylan today sharing his journey with the Llandough team, what a valuable message to us all."
"A member of our staff phoned me to say it was the best presentation he has ever came across throughout his life. Multiple comments (all positive) from the guys and girls on our sites."
"Hi Dylan, It was a pleasure to meet you last Thursday in Newcastle and thank you for sharing your story with our operatives and managers. I think your presentation sent a powerful message and hopefully will contribute to the safety ethos we are trying to drive home at Bell Group."
"After speaking to our guys like myself we thought that the impact of Dylan's presentation hit home as it was coming straight from Dylan's own unfortunate accident and not just sitting watching a video. It showed how far and long the impact of an accident is, so hopefully it got through to the guys that safety matters at all times."
"Hi Jonathan, Thanks very much for inviting me along. I thought the presentation was really impactful and thought provoking. It's obviously a personal tragedy for Dylan but hopefully he can help others to stay safe and they will benefit from his experience. The engagement from the many contractors in the room was also very notable. Thanks again and pass on to Dylan. Regards, Robert."
"Good morning Jonathan. On behalf of myself and the CVD ops on site, I would like to thank you and Dylan for such a hard hitting and informative meeting on our safety. To have someone come and tell you how it really is and how many people - family, friends and work colleagues and more are affected by his accident really makes you take notice. Heartbreaking is how we all felt. Very few safety talks have the effect of keeping the guys talking about it after it has finished but this one did and for me that says it all. We came out and spoke about it for at least half an hour amongst ourselves and that is a rarity. We all took something from Dylan's personal tragedy and we would like to thank him for that. It cannot be easy reliving that day again and again for the benefit of others but it worked for us. A great talk and thank you and Dylan for taking the time to talk to us and hopefully it will prevent something like this happening to one of us. Yours Sincerely , Dave."
"Following your attendance and three presentations at our Walthamstow project last month, brief note of sincere thanks for your very open, informative and passionate delivery.
Whilst your life has been turned upside down as consequence of your regrettable incident, your ability and determination to share this experience and prevent others from ‘falling’ into a similar position is commendable. I know you will continue to share your message. As we discussed, if you can alter the course of one individuals approach to safely working on site, a real benefit will be derived.
You will appreciate our project in Walthamstow is on a tight footprint with over 500 dwellings and working at height plus traffic management are fundamental operations to daily safe activities. The explanation you provided I believe will enable our work force to consider their wellbeing first. As you stated on the day, ‘they have a gift you did not’."
"Thank you Dylan for a valuable life lesson today, had been told that your presentation had impact and was not let down. Go a long way to hear a stronger message that endorses the need for individuals to take ownership of their health, safety and well-being."
"Dylan Skelhorn is a great speaker. He knows how to tell his story openly and honestly and with maximum impact to those listening. I took a friend with me to hear Dylan speak. He was really cynical about H&S but listening to Dylan had a huge impact on him. He went back to work and immediately invested in H&S training and PPE for his staff. That was several years ago and he still talks about it today. Thank you Dylan for being willing to speak out. You really do make a difference."
"Hi Dylan, listened to your presentation today at Ground Control, inspirational, I believe that the words you said will enable people to speak up to their peers, to say no I will not risk my health to line your pocket.
As a trainer I would say that your presentation will stay with me forever, thank you."
"Just a quick word to say thank you for today’s presentation. I thought that your delivery of your unfortunate accident was excellent. As I was looking at the faces of our sub contractors during your talk I am sure it was being considered, especially the aftermath and the financial hardship that follows. If only one person listens to the voices in their head and it prevents a lifetime of pain and misery it will be worth it. Unfortunately in your new role you will never know how many have avoided such an accident, however the more experienced members of the construction industry you present to will know instantly. I am sure we will see you again in the future. "
"I was in the canteen during your talk today for Willmott Dixon at Chelsea Design Centre. Just wanted to say, it is a powerful message that you bring across, and you bring it in a way that everyone can relate to. Thanks for coming down and sharing your story, I think it really hit home with the guys here. I didn't get a chance to get your details off of the screen before you changed slides, so looked you up on the internet. "
"Dylan, many thanks for the talk at my work on Monday, it was eye opening, usually when we have toolbox talks it's a brief spiel from management and a few A4 handouts, they are taken in but soon forgotten about. Your story really hit home, it was eye opening and frightening at the same time, it's the only "toolbox talk" I reckon will stick in my mind (don't think I'll ever forget it) From your AR*SEHOLE of a "boss" with his lies and duplicitous behaviour to the horrendous accident and injuries you suffered....what sickened me was your treatment by the state, a hard working tax paying citizen, truly disgusting.....and the insurance companies, sickening treatment, harassing bullies.....what I really want to say is that you're an inspiration, you've turned a horrible life changing accident into something to be admired. Most folk would lie down and feel sorry for themselves, you've been given lemons and turned it into lemonade. I know plenty of people (family included) who can and should work and pay tax but who chose to cheat/lie and let us "MUGS" pay to keep them in the life they've became accustomed to, they simply have no pride.......in future I'll be using your story to try shame the like of these people, a MAN who is 40% disabled and has gone on to create his own company and make his own way in life. Again you're an inspiration, and to all those folk who feel sorry for themselves look at you and get on with living life. Thanks"
"I was at the Civic Centre yesterday afternoon and had the pleasure of listening to your talk. I was the first one to get up and shake your hand. I was emotionally touched by your story and it really hit home, I think all of our fitters and staff would really benefit from your talk."
"It was good to meet you today at the Willmott Dixon site. Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm sure you will have hit a chord with some of the guys and as you said if it avoids just one having an accident that's great."
"I can't thank you enough for the fantastic motivation speech you delivered at our Southampton project to our site operatives and staff.
I have had some great feedback from some of those who have listened to your personal story and how this has influenced their right to be safe at work and to go home to their love ones."
"I have worked in this industry since 1995 and attended dozens of H&S days where I honestly felt this was just an arse covering exercise by the companies I work for at the time. When I set off from Glasgow this morning I couldn't see any reason for thinking any differently but wasn't prepared for what you were about to say. Without doubt the most enlightening presentation I have ever heard at one of these days. As much as I was gutted listening to your story it was something I could listen to all day. I have always tried to do things safely on site and have been lucky enough to work for some good companies but today through your honesty I have come away with a fresher approach to it."
"Firstly thank you so much for yesterday, I know that people sitting in front of me were nodding in agreement to what you said. Also when I've asked around today what people thought of the day you were mentioned several times."
"The talk you delivered was of the highest standard, very well received and very emotional. To see the work force with tears in their eyes just shows how much you touched them and will no doubt make a difference to the general decisions they make in the future with regards to how they approach H&S and life in general."
"Was really good to meet you yesterday. I thought the day was great and it certainly makes you think. I will definitely be requesting that you come and visit our site in London as it is such an eye opener. It is something that everyone involved on site can benefit and learn from. On site and off site."
"The principal aim of our annual safety conference is to reinforce the message to our personnel that their health and safety is of paramount importance and to actively encourage them to consider what they risk if they fail to take their safety seriously. Dylan's very authentic and relatable speaking style, along with his passionate message that his mission is to prevent others from suffering the same experience helped us to get this message across in a very powerful way."
"Incredible guy! So glad I got to see his presentation, such an eye opener! Keep doing what you're doing Dylan Skelhorn, great work."
"Because of you and your talk and your experiences you may have stopped me doing something stupid in the future and ending up in a similar position to you and for that I sincerely thank you."
"All the lads I spoke to today, as a normal part of the engagement, said that you have thrown a completely different light on the way they view H&S and their own responisbility so you do make a big diference. Serveral stopped me and our construction manager to say how important they thought it was and how well you put it across in a language they can relate to."
"We have had excellent feedback from our guys and supply chain. Your chat with them made them think about H&S and what occurs after an accident. Your journey shocked a number of them! Some comments back from our guys on site are as follows;
"I think everyone in that room yesterday was touched by Dylan's story - hopefully it has made people think differently about the choices they make on site regarding their approach to H&S."
"After almost 20 years in the EHS industry, Dylan's very open, honest presentation was a very real reminder about the devastating and emotional effects of an accident on not only the individual but the ripple effect on family, friends, colleagues, paramedics etc. Dylan's Story is a reminder and the real reason that everyone is entitled to a caring operational leadership, with good prefessional EHS support."
"Just wanted to say how powerful and inspirational your talk was today. I am a safety professional for National Grid, it will be my focus to make sure your "gut feeling" thoughts are carried out."
Dylan's presentation was moving, very impressed how he has moved on and can talk about his accident.He is an inspiration."
"Good to have Dylan as a speaker giving a true life situation to behaviours of his and the consequences of his own accident."
"Made me more aware of safety"
"It brought home how an accident on site could affect your life."
"Powerful Speech, really hit home."
"Very well spoken, excellent speaker. I can relate to it all."
"Big wake up call. It made me stop and think a bit more.It was 100 times better seeing it first hand rather than watching a video and you can actually ask questions."