Theo Ventner

Book Theo Ventner for speaking engagements & events.

Theo Venter was an electrical lines man and has worked in the high voltage business for over 23 years.
After leaving his home country South Africa, Theo and his family immigrated to Australia where
On his arrival to Australia, Theo commenced work as a contractor working on a major electricity network.
Theo’s presentation reflects on the day he was electrocuted by 22,000 volts of electricity whilst working on live powerlines.

Theo talks candidly of his three days in hospital waiting to die and his desparate fight to survive both physically and mentally long after the event.

This story is extremely hard hitting with a very personal and very powerful safety / mental health message.
During Theo’s 40 minute talk, a slideshow presentation is projected showing his horrific injuries received, his family and his slow road back to recovery.

Theo and his story have touched the hearts of many Mines, Electrical, Live Line Workers and many other Resource and Business Sectors throughout Australia,New Zealand and Africa.
Theo is available to present his story of ‘Just Another Day’ to Safety conferences, workforce safety workshops,meetings and Corporate events upon email request.

Theo, Thank you for taking the time to meet my workforce last week. Your story is powerful and had everyone moved. I saw some of the toughest nuts in my team physically and emotionally moved by your life changing events. The passion you enthuse is riveting, and there is not a single member of my team who didn’t take away their own personal insight. Of all the things I could thank you for, the shear fact you have used your adversity to try to help others learn is the most significant.Please accept my most sincerest thanks for your commitment to making the world a safer place. I have no doubt that you have and will continue to make your mark in Australia and beyond. Well done.

Tim Lloyd Thiess Services

I can’t thank Theo enough for sharing his story with us. It had such a big impact on all our staff who attended. Theo brings home the consequences to himself and his family associated with not following procedures, in very human and emotional way. The painful journey Theo has had to travel in his recovery from his injuries strengthens the impact of his message. Hopefully many others will now not suffer an injury such as this because of Theo’s presentation.

H&S advisor SEWL

Hi Theo, I just wanted to take a moment out of my day to say thankyou for your excellent presentation yesterday afternoon in Chinchilla, Queensland. Your story had me on the edge of my seat and captured my full attention. I was awestruck at how you survived as people have succumbed to lesser things. Your story was very poignant about how fragile life is and why we are doing what we do with construction work (i.e. Work to live, not live to work). Everyone I spoke to afterwards commented positively on your presentation and the miracle you have survived. Personally, I had a lump in my throat when you were talking about your children as I have two young boys aged 11 & 9 who mean the world to me. My father passed away from cancer when I was 10, so I never had his guidance and friendship as you have had with yours and even Shane had with his. That left me with a very early lesson on not wanting to do anything stupid that could harm me and stop me from being there for my boys. Before I do anything, there is one thought that always pops into my head, and that is, don’t do anything silly as it’s not worth it for me or my boys. Thankyou once again, and I wish you every success in life.

Nenad Mitrovic Project Engineer/Father of two boys