In November 2000 Paul was working as a Process Operator and Engineer at the Recycled Fibre Plant in Kemsley, Kent. He was involved in a machinery incident, which resulted in his left arm being severed above the elbow (to this date the first and only person in the UK).
Paul’s story was shown as part of the BBC’s 999 programme as his arm was retrieved and reattached. Whilst Paul has his arm back, with limited use, it does not hold him back. Paul is honest and open about that day and the lead up to the incident. With any incident it has generated a ripple that is continuing to this day.
The incident has also had a profound effect on Paul psychologically and socially, affecting his relationships with his wife (at the time), family, work mates and friends. Paul’s story is incredibly raw and powerful, as he talks about the mindsets in the workplace of all levels when they that get fogged with getting the job done, in his own honest way of expressing this fact.
Paul has spoken around the world to industries far and wide. Even though Paul’s story sits beautifully with those in manufacturing and engineering, the story suits all industries as it will helps with thought provoking align for organisations to where Paul, his colleagues and employer were, to that of their own current position concerning health and safety and the culture that exists within it.