- While working as an electrical linesman, Theo Venter was hit with 22,000 volts of electricity.
- He is the only person known to have survived such a high voltage electrical shock while working on overhead lines.
- Theo had to battle with both the physical and emotional damage caused by the incident.
- Theo is a passionate advocate for workplace safety and personal protective equipment.
- Theo’s work history
- The day of his accident
- Waiting to die
- His slow recovery
- Dealing with depression
- A Powerful Safety Message
The presenter spoke from the heart. It was a true recollection of his incident, which proved to be very emotional and highly inspiring to the audience.
Theo’s presentation was very well received and, from a business perspective, was exactly what we wanted to achieve. Theo was amazing and the feedback received from those who accessed the presentation has been overwhelmingly positive. Theo is authentic and passionate in the delivery of his message and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to others.
Theo was impressively professional in preparation prior to meeting. He wanted to make sure he understood the key details of his audience and our typical safety processes prior to his keynote address. When it came to his presentation he immediately had our workers engrossed as he passionately and emotively re-lived his remarkable experience. Sitting through his talk you go through every emotion (laughter, happiness, shock, despair, anguish, sadness, joy). His central message resonated to our drill crews – procedures are written in blood, no shortcuts. Theo intelligently linked our prior (unrelated) activities into his talk, re-enforcing our message with his real experience. Theo is an incredible, passionate, and emotive speaker. You can plainly see that doing this is not easy on him as he re-lives some of his darkest days. I had big burly drillers admitting they were almost at tears during some portions of his presentation. He does it because he wants to make a difference. Theo made it his mission to go out and meet with our workers during lunch, to continue the conversations worth having. Afterwards talking to our team members there was only 1 highlight from the entire day we held – Theo’s talk.
An amazing speaker. Really engaging and speaks from the heart.
Theo held the audience for the full hour, encouraged questions and was extremely effective. Highly rate his presentation.
Rio Tinto Projects
Corangamite Shire Council
A dynamic speaker with excellent presentation skills and the ability to deliver to the target audience. This personal and emotional message should be shared with everyone in the workforce. Overwhelming feedback from construction, mining and electrical workforce teams prompting the safety message discussions about their own or known experiences.
Fortescue Metals Group
Theo is very engaging. He has an incredible story to tell which really moved our people and helped promote conversations in our workplace about safety.
Perth City Link Rail Alliance
I felt so enriched having attended Theo Venter's heart-wrenching presentation on how he survived 22,000 volts. It was truly inspirational to hear how someone was able to overcome such adversities…I think anyone who heard Theo speak would make safety paramount from that moment on.
I would like to personally extend my thanks to you for your efforts in delivering your very powerful story to Ergon Energy Employees across the state, 48 presentations over 26 days. The safety incident that has forever changed your life and that of your friends , workmates and family members is one that hits home hard. The discussions I witnessed with employees was both emotional and confronting. The way in which you openly discuss the failure to follow rules and wear appropriate personal protective equipment contributed to your incident. Followed by the realisation that following the risk management process may well have prevented the incident. Theo I attended the majority of your presentations across Ergon Energy there were differing audiences mixed male & female, large groups , small groups, people who had been involved in serious incidents themselves and all levels of managers. I watched the body language of the attendees and witnessed the shift from just another safety presentation to everyone in the room listening intently to your story. After your presentations I was amazed at some of the intense discussion with the audience. The road show captivated employees throughout the Ergon Energy network over the month, and once again I thank you for telling your story day after day, week after week, in an attempt to stop something as tragic as your situation happening to others. Graham Baxter
Senior Technical Safety Coordinator
Field & Corporate Safety
I had a lot of people asking what the presentation was about and some sceptics about seen one safety presentation seen them all. The room was over full. When you see guys walk in the room with chest out, shirt out and sit up the back…….then Theo had them in tears and himself too he later admitted. Today, I saw a group that is usually very vocal, but not one person had anything to say, since the meeting these same people are talking about only one person, Theo.
Safety Support Officer,
I also had the opportunity to attend the Theo Venter presentation that is currently being rolled out through Operations and Energy Services. Theo was a glove an barrier live linesperson who took off his gloves while performing live line and a flashover occurred. Twenty four operations later and a huge impact on him personally, his family and his work mates Theo is now telling his story. Very powerful stuff.
Theo’s presentation was fantastic. Having someone who is able to speak so well about a significant workplace accident they have survived allows the audience to get a real sense of reality for the everyday decisions they make in the field regarding safety and the potential impact that these decisions can have on their lives. I would thoroughly recommend Theo Venter’s story be delivered to as many people as possible as his potential to change the way people think about their safety through his experience is unique and significant.