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Safety leaders gather on P.E.I. for annual conference

Paralympic gold medalist Mark Arendz displays his recent medals to Curtis Weber, the keynote for this year's Workplace Health and Safety Conference.
Paralympic gold medalist Mark Arendz displays his recent medals to Curtis Weber, the keynote for this year's Workplace Health and Safety Conference. - Submitted

The Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island hosted its annual Workplace Health and Safety Conference recently to another packed crowd.

This year’s delegates were treated to a presentation by this year’s keynote speaker Curtis Weber from Battleford, Sask., who has been inspiring and influencing change in safety behaviours across North America for more than 10 years.

Weber works in safety as a trainer, consultant, officer and speaker. After a near fatal workplace incident, he has been able to develop a unique way of challenging audiences to change the way they perceive safety. He believes before we can develop or change a safety culture, first we must understand and influence human behaviors towards safety. Using his own personal experience, he challenges the way people think about safety.

In addition, a workshop was given by P.E.I. Paralympic medalist Mark Arendz, who won six medals at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Arendz’s session, “Finding Opportunities After Loss,” chronicled his journey from a traumatic farm accident on P.E.I. when he was seven years old to becoming a Paralympic medalist and a world champion in biathlon and cross-country skiing.

The Workers Compensation Board hosts the conference annually around North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week.

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