Jason Anker, The Sequel – Proud 2b Safe

Jason Anker, The Sequel – Proud 2b Safe

29th July 2014

At the beginning of this year we featured Jason Anker in one of our blog posts, describing how a serious accident involving a fall from a ladder in 1993 left Jason paralysed from the waist down after fracturing his vertebrae.  Jason was just 24 years old at the time of his accident and spent the following four months learning to live as a wheelchair user.  In the aftermath of Jason’s fall, his marriage ended (he had two small children) and he began drinking to drown his sorrows.  This led to a penchant for ecstasy and amphetamines which resulted in an accidental overdose in 1995.
 
For the first sixteen years following the accident, Jason didn’t even talk about it until in 2009 he set up his own business hiring himself out as a speaker on health and safety issues.  In collaboration with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Jason delivers talks to company workforces in the UK that focus on getting across the message that health and safety is not just about ticking the right boxes.  He stresses during his inspirational talks that real health and safety is about showing people just what can go wrong when health and safety guidelines are ignored.
 
Jason has “starred” in two videos, a 2010 film which is available on DVD via the Ladder Association  and  a new video that streams online free of charge as well as being available for purchase.  The new film is called “Jason Anker:  Proud 2b Safe” and is part of a wider campaign detailing Jason’s attempts to reach individuals employees with an important message about safety so that they will work safely for their own sakes and “not just because a company tells them to”.  The video includes interviews with Jason’s children and friends with a personal look at how the fall has affected both Jason and the people around him.

Proud 2b Safe is Jason’s response to those who listened to Jason speak and then asked “what’s next?”  It’s a new initiative aimed at making people more aware of safety issues, both in the work place and in a domestic setting – safety in the home, in the car, on a motorbike, etc.  Proud 2b Safe can be used as a training tool by employers and instructors who wish to emphasize the value of personal safety to their employees.
 
Proud 2b Safe offers workshops that are designed to emphasise why health and safety is important in the workplace.  While focussing on health and safety using the topic of “empowerment” which will lead to employees taking responsibility for their own safety and that of their colleagues.  Companies are able to register Proud 2b Safe membership which will demonstrate their commitment to a behavioural based health and safety culture.

While Health and Safety legislation is slowly making the UK a safer place to live and work, falls from a ladder remain the most common type of workplace injury, so it’s vital that we carry on trying to raise awareness of health and safety issues to try to make accidents like Jason’s a thing of the past.