Sanjel emphasized the value of safety in the workplace and at home during a health and safety fair at Spectra Place on September 19.
Sanjel invited protective services agencies, and organizations and businesses that emphasize safety, to be part of the event. Guest speaker Spencer Beach discussed how a workplace accident changed his life during a speech.
But it was more than just an evening filled with information, as there was an inflatable playground for children, and numerous food booths.
Shane Hooker, who is the vice-president for the Canadian business unit at Sanjel, said that the energy services company wants safety to be part of their culture.
"To do that, we're asking people to take (the message of safety) home with them and into the community," said Hooker. "So these types of events are aimed at engaging the Sanjel family as well as the community that we're among."
Fun is a big part of the fair, Hooker said, and so many of their activities are aimed at children.
This is the second year that Sanjel has been offering a safety fair, Hooker said, and it has been happening at two sites in Canada each year. Estevan was selected as one of the sites for this year. Due to the popularity of the fair, the company is looking for ways to expand it in future years.
Beach was at work 10 years ago as a third generation flooring installer when the accident happened. He was removing linoleum with a chemical; it ignited, and he suffered third and fourth degree burns to 90 per cent of his body. He was given a five per cent chance to live.
To compound the situation, his wife was pregnant with their first child at the time of the accident.
He would spend the next 14 months in recovery.
"In the recovery process, I realized how stupid everything was – the mistakes I was making, what my employer had asked me to do and how easily the accident could have been avoided," said Beach.
At the time, he didn't realize there was an industry dedicated to safety.
He became inspired to share his experiences, and to prevent the same thing from happening to someone else.
"Safety improves your life," said Beach. "It will let you do what it is you love to do over and over again, for the rest of your life, and if you use safety the way it's meant to be, there is nothing in this world that will keep you from … having a long, rich life."
Beach has authored a book, "In Case of Fire," and he speaks at over 120 events a year.