Alan Newey

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Alan Newey Safety Speaker

Alan Newey is Australia’s first Bionic Man,  a survivor of a workplace accident and the director of Chat Safety. Having lost his right dominant arm to a conveyor belt accident, and spent many years in recovery and rehabilitation, he now presents to groups on the effects of his workplace accident and the impact on him and his family.


Alan speaks from the point of view of an injured worker and gives a real insight into what happens to you during and after such a life-changing experience.


Alan is extremely confronting on the issues and effects of a workplace accident, and his presentation not only addresses the sequence of events leading up to his accident, the flow on affect, but the issues surrounding OHS today and how “OHS is not just another thing I have to do.


Alan Newey has a Diploma of Occupational Health & Safety together with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.



Points of discussion:


  • My  workplace incident
  • Prescription drug dependence
  • Hospital to rehabilitation
  • Workplace culture
  • The effect on family & friends
  • Worksafe investigation
  • The effect on work colleagues
  • Complacency in the workplace
  • Coping with a workplace injury
  • Light at the end of the tunnel
  • Complacency
  • Q & A

Message to ALL employers & employees




Excellent. Alan’s presentation was impactful, devastating and humorous all in one. I would recommend Alan to any company that has employees working in risky environments.

Hannah Lenton - Repurposeit

Alan’s story certainly brought Workplace accidents to ‘life’! Alan’s straight forward comments such as ‘I had operated this machine 5640 times and on the 5641 time, my accident happened! This certainly makes staff aware of becoming complacent when operating equipment. Feedback from staff has been positive and they are still making comments today.  If Alan’s story makes a staff member stop and think about their daily tasks or saves one person from a workplace accident, then listening to Alan and his very important message is well worth taking time out from work.

Dee Welch Occupational Health & Safety Coordinator - Murrindindi Shire Council

Alan Newey is a warrior. Highly flexible, aiming to help. He talked to the team in a very natural manner and showed the link between the actions and consequences. His speech is very realistic and engaged everyone’s attention. I recommend him.

Fabricio Cristiano, Barros Manager, Central Maintenance - BHP Billiton Yandi

You have no idea how good the reception was to both of your presentations. The session is everything we could have hoped for. Spot on in terms of getting our Dealers and Distributors to really think about the things that could go wrong on their site to the detriment of both staff and customers. You each gave a very powerful account of events that hit home with delegates and had them thinking in earnest about level of safety at their sites. I’d like to think that some good will come of the hardships that you suffered by delegates going back to their sites, making some changes and taking safety that bit more seriously.

Loretta Genovesi, Dealer and Regional Business Support Specialist - BP Australia

After Alan’s presentation I have had many of our employees come and see me about hazardous situations that they may have previously walked by and done nothing about. Alan’s presentation has gone a long way to opening up their to the possibility of a injury or incident occurring and for this we thank Alan very much.

Michael Smith HSE Manager - Pluto LNG Project RCRFM Services ( Karratha WA )

Thanks for the investigation information and for a great presentation on Friday. Everyone wanted to stop me and talk about your presentation, WOW talk about having an effect!!!! It was all positive stuff, it’s not often our lot sit quietly for anything and you could have heard a pin drop during your presentation (which was a comment made by a few people). Things that stuck in people’s minds and they mentioned were the things like how it’s your responsibility not the OHS committee, Safety starts and stops with you, about the culture – just because it’s always been done like that doesn’t mean its the right way. It was very easy for John to sum up and close as it was all things that we, as a company are trying to promote. We plan to survey our staff regarding the WorkSafe Week activities that we ran including your presentation, so once that’s done I will send you the feedback. I must have been raving about you on the weekend as a couple of friends in the same sort of position as me have asked for your details, thanks again.

Lynne Mason, Management Systems Officer, Western Water

Alan’s talk to our Team last week was amazing. Whilst talking for 45 minutes to all of our Operators and Operations Staff, you could hear a pin drop on the carpet, he captivated everyone with his story, what an incredible journey he has been on. The feedback I have received so far from people on the day was that he was an excellent person to come and talk as he was a real life example of the potential of what could go wrong when Safety fails in a business. Everyone found his story powerful and confronting, thank you so much for sharing him with us, we will never forget him.

Mariana Roldan, Operations Manager - Dulux