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My story

"My story is not all about safety. It also shows the ability in all of us to rise and beat all odds, despite what life may give us. " – Rhett Brown, Speaker.

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Sharing his story to save the lives of others

It wasn’t a big dramatic fall that broke his neck, just a tumble from two unsecured planks resting on deck framing, only 2.2 metres from the ground. As Rhett lay on the ground, summoning energy to call for help, he felt a tingling sensation go through his body and realised he was paralysed. Prior to his workplace accident, Rhett was a policeman, antiques dealer, runner, karate enthusiast, and refurbisher of houses – and, for six years until July 30 2004, he worked as a hammer-hand on residential building sites. Then one day he went to work, and never came home. 

In his talk with your people, Rhett will provide a gripping wake-up call, while offering inspiration and tools for change. As motivational speaker, Rhett will describe in detail what it means to be permanently injured. What it means to his family and friends. What it has cost him emotionally, physically, financially and personally, and the power in all of us for change. Through his own story, he demonstrates consequences of poor health and safety practice in the workplace. He will describe his ongoing rehabilitation, increasing awareness to motivate and inspire change.

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Rhett's Background

Born and raised in Whangarei, Rhett left school after completing 6th form in 1968. He worked locally for a while, before joining the Forestry Service in animal control for the Kaimai Ranges and on Raoul Island. In 1973 he joined the NZ Police and served 20 years, before being sustaining an injury while arresting a violent offender.

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