Thank you Chuck for sharing your story with all of us here in Auburn Maine. Your story tells how one choice impacted so many members of your family as well as coworkers. It is so easy to become complacent when you do tasks day in and day out. We begin to forget the dangers all around us. Taking a step back and looking at all the machinery and technology we work around makes you realize how dangerous some of these situations could possibly be. Our ERT sometimes forget how important they truly are because we are so fortunate to have a very safe site, however, the dangers are still there and there is always a potential. We are a family and need to watch out for ourselves and one another as you so eloquently put it. I want to Thank you so much for sharing your story and making a difference in so many other lives and know that you are preventing more injuries with the story you share!! God bless you and your family!!! Wanda Mitchell, RN Procter & Gamble Auburn, Maine 6-13-2018.
Hi Chuck, thank you so much for coming to Procter & Gamble Tambrands yesterday in Auburn Maine as we kicked off our day of caring. You were the best and most memorable safety speaker we have had. We are a safety driven plant and your story really drove the message home for a lot of people. Thank you for having the courage to share. I hope you continue to triumph and push through. I hope your son continues to grow stronger. Youre granddaughter is adorable, enjoy being a grandparent, parent, and inspiration.
I was impressed with your presentation at my plant last week. Your story touched me more than you will ever know. I started kissing my last remaining child in the house every morning before I head off to work. I will make sure to show my fellow employees the right way to do things with all the proper PPE so that they can go home to there families. Thanks again for keeping safety at the forefront in my life.
Chuck, I can’t tell you how much your story moved me. It brought me to tears to think of my own son and to think of how an accident at my job could affect him. I am a safety rep, and now more than ever feel a responsibility for not only myself but my co workers. I know for a short time everyone will be more aware, but I hope that time doesn’t make us complacent, and that your story runs through everyone’s head before they do something. No short cut is worth the risk. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!
Thank you so much for coming to the Iowa City P&G plant to speak. Your story really made me think about how many times on third shift I get complacent and my mind can wander lately. No one wants to hear their plants closing. Your story hearing though really is an eye opener how fast one slip or mishap can turn not only your life upside-down but your co workers, kids, wife, first responders. PTSD is a battle for not only you but ones involved. I have thought of your children and wife and the co workers several times since hearing your story. I pray for you and your loved ones. You speaking and sharing your story is appreciated that your able to share with us and many others. Thank you and keep fighting!
Chuck Evans aka Lt. Dan😉, I knew in my heart I was going to listen from a speaker that had lost his legs in a sense without anyone saying. Your story touched me as I myself have witnessed numerous on the job off the job accidents that in some way or another could have been prevented. Just having a son in November and a daughter the previous year. I liked your quote that you are worth more to your family than just a paycheck however… l liked hearing about your family being thankful it was your legs god took and not your arms so you could hug and kiss them like you always have and do. Made me laugh with a Boob sweat joke. Anyways…Not writing a book but I’ll never forget your story and will continue to keep safety first and pass it on. Thank You, and you are blessed Chuck. Procter&Gamble Iowa City 2-23-18…Davin (day-vin) Rhomberg.
Excellent presentation at the WestRock meeting in Atlanta. Really hit home and was an excellent reminder on the importance of safety. This was a very valuable presentation that everyone should hear.
Chuck, it has been several weeks since I heard your story at the P&G Oxnard site, but it still sticks with me and comes to my mind often. I am just now beginning my time at the Oxnard site, and as I am learning about our processes and the associated risks with each of them, I continually think of your story as a reminder to practice safety at all times of the day and in all parts of the site. It is amazing that God has used your story of pain and tragedy to touch and inspire so many lives such as mine! Your son is in my prayers as well.
Thanks for Sharing your story with the P&G Family in Oxnard today.
Your story brought out so many emotions in me that I wanted to tell you about, but when your story was over I couldn’t even Speak that’s why I had to Hug You and leave fast before I started to cry.
Your story is so meaningful to the Safety Arena, and I took away so many thoughts about how I have witnessed so many of the things you were talking about happen over my lifetime at various facilities.
Never will I let anything like that happen again without Speaking Up. I will confront (with passion) anyone that I ever see taking Shortcuts or not wearing their PPE I always have but You renewed my Passion for being Safe.
The part of your story that touched me the most was You not Kissing Your Kids before you left for work that Day.
I have always kissed my Wife and kids before I go to work except for one morning and it haunted me the entire day, so I know exactly how you felt.
My Heart goes out to you and your family and I know in my Heart that you will be a very successful Family.
I will keep your Son in my Prayers too.
Once Again Thank You for Sharing your Story.
Sir, you are an Honorable and Outstanding human being for how you handled your unfortunate incident. Your story hits home due to how your own family handled this situation and the struggles that you are still going through. One key area where you really touch me personally, is that morning that you did not kiss your children good bey. My mother till this day will always bless us with the cross before we leave her house and since I was a kid I never asked why till a few years ago. I’ve lost 3 older bothers in accidents and to there own demons. The answer my mother gave me reminded me of your struggles with your son and daughters. My moms response to me was, “I saw your brothers leave, but I never saw them return alive and for that I have condition myself to always leave you all and myself with the blessing of our Lord as nothing is guaranteed in this life.”
You are a true inspiration to others. keep doing what your doing, Good Bless you and your family.
Very moving life story. You are very courageous. Thank you for sharing. I wish you continued recovery and happiness.
The only problem I had with your amazing story is that you STOPPED! I coulda’ listened to you all day. Your enthusiasm, your wit, your cool accent and mostly your passion in delivering a marvelous message made this event one I shall indeed remember the rest of my life. Thank you for making the choice to share your experience with as much of the world as you can. It is a heartfelt, life-altering tale of pain, growth, overcoming and “cowboying up” when many would not have fared so well. You are an inspiration, a treasure, a hero and a great man. May God bless you and your beautiful family always as you bless the lives of others…….and may your family always indulge in the loving hugs your arms provide!!
Thank you for coming to Riverdale and talking to our new hire class. I had heard much about you from from your previous visits to the mill. Seeing and hearing you in person made it real. As an EHS professional, I try to instill and nurture the culture of safety with our family of employees. Your honesty and experience gave all of us pause and made me want to be better. Thank you for talking briefly about your fellow co-workers gaining closure from seeing you recovered. I have had a similar experience that came to closure in the same way. I look forward to seeing you again.
Thank you for sharing your story with us at P&G St. Louis Site. It really was an eye opener and made me consider my day to day activities and how I can be safer both on and off the job. You are a a strong man to be able to tell your story and articulate it so well, Thank you again for your presentation .
Chuck, I’ve never in my life ever heard such a great speech on safety;EVER! You truly inspired me and I hope the rest of the group at Sealed Air. Everyone can’t be careful enough when working every day in the work world. I learned to focus, focus, focus on what I do every day and will do that to the best of my ability.You’re right; no paycheck in the world is never more important than your safety. I will also continue to pray for you and your family. May God bless you and your family.
Chuck, thank you for coming to Watertown, Wisconsin to Sealed Air / Diversey to share your story. You opened my eyes to realize how an incident can impact not only yourself, but also your family so significantly. I have learned to stay focused on my current task at hand. Thanks for having the courage to relive your tragedy!
1st Shift, Team Performance Leader
Sealed Air / Diversey
My name is Rebecca Brown and you recently came by our facility to speak on safety. I just wanted you to know how honored I felt for you sharing your story and what a blessing it is to work at a place as I do, Sealed Air / Diversey, that is totally for our safety (and that cares enough to have speakers as yourself come to us).
I believe we all have a purpose God has given us in this life and for you that is very clear to me. You reach people with your story. Your story hit hard why we should be alert to dangers around us. I think I have always thought of myself as safe but after hearing your story and how we both have the same struggles with our active minds, trying to stay focused, it made me realize I could be you up there. The Spirit came upon me and within a few moments I could tell you are a man of God. And without Jesus holding your hand through this and giving you a loving and caring family that supported you, you would not be here to share it.
Not just as work, but I go home and look for unsafe problems that may be lurking. I take time to look at my surrounding. You do a remarkable job helping others realize (not just what the injured party goes through) but the family and friends as well. I never really thought of that.
I will be praying for your son. God Bless you and your family. God works in our lives in mysterious ways and sometimes it takes awhile for us to see His will in our life.
Sealed Air / Diversey
Thank you for sharing your story with us. I am sure it is not easy to look back and talk about your accident, but the impact that you left on my team after only spending a short time together is incredible.
The photo that I have of you and the Eau Claire team will be placed around our plant as a constant reminder that bad things can happen to good people at any time.
Eau Claire Sealed Air Team
WOW ! Thanks for your message, truly enjoyed listening to you, thanks, and I am praying for you, and your family. God bless.
I want to thank-you for sharing your message with us. As we all get very busy during this time of year your message will make us all stop and think.
Best of luck going forward.
Thank you very much for sharing your message with our team at Sealed Air in Watertown, Wisconsin! Wow!! You are such a great speaker and very personal.
Your story made such a significant impact on us and we appreciate your courage to relive the tragedy, share your belief that safety is a choice, and your focus on being safe for not only yourself, but also your family.
You had me in tears as well as many of the team…thank you for sharing!
All The Best!
Thank you for braving the Wisconsin cold and speaking to our group at Sealed Air/ Diversey today. As I listened to your story, I scanned the faces of my coworkers. I could see that you got their attention and made them think. Although I work in an office setting, I couldn’t help but think about risky things that I have done in my personal life. Nothing bad will ever happen to me right? Well now I can see that an injury can happen to anyone at any time if the proper steps aren’t taken to protect yourself. You definitely changed my outlook!
Thank you for sharing your impactful story with us today. It really made me think about how much our every day decisions matter in all that we do and how important it is for us to be consistently aware and constantly careful. I pray for continued blessings and healing on your family.
Procter and Gamble
Your story really hit home and truly communicates how a work place injury can affect a family. Thank you for sharing your experience and making us think about work place safety!
Thank you for sharing your story. You do a incredible job presenting a most tragic event in your life. All to often we lose track of the burden it places on family members. You do a great job of bringing the entire picture to the surface.
Keep up the great work.
Thank you for your story and testimony! I am a supervisor for AGC, worked in manufacturing for 20 years, and have never been to a Safety Meeting like the one that we were presented with today! I believe you have touched the hearts of every associate in our facility! In my 20 years, I have witnessed small injuries, lost limbs, and lost lives! I stood there in the back of the room listening to your story with a lump in my throat, and holding back tears. I can not thank you enough for sharing your story with us! I truly believe it will have an impact upon our associates and there families. God Bless
Thanks for sharing your story with us at AGC this afternoon. It was truly touching and inspirational. It made me think about what is truly important, our family and our safety. Your story impacted many lives today. God bless you and your family and prayers for continued healing for you and your family also.
What a strong, poignant, and moving message that you deliver! I have participated in many safety messages but never one as thoughtful and as well delivered as yours. Your ability to connect with the audience is outstanding which makes the presentation very impactful and one that will be remembered. The message “struck a cord” with our employees. Thank You!
Like to thank you for coming by our manufacturing facility this morning and sharing a very tragic part of your life. As an operator at the G1 Furnace I take my life and family in my hands every day, in which I basically sit upon a ticking time bomb as I’ve always said . As we work everything around us on the hot end has no mercy nor forgiveness, we have to keep check on each other , process in which we do it , and each other’s back . I myself think about my safety everyday because 98% or the time I’m by myself , what I can do to prevent myself from from becoming another number. Also understand the ptsd as well from an experience with an accident several years ago in which 2 individuals got 3Rd degree burns from a high pressure gas line discharge, to this day everytime I here air line or anything else that sounds like that day my insides knot up and my mind goes back to that day when I ran around the corner to see a human being with 2nd and 3rd degree burns still smoking from the blast . Thank you for your story this morning for enlightenment on how fast that anyone’s live could change in a blink of an eye . May peace, strength,and presaverance be bestowed on you and your family..
Thank you for sharing your life with us here at Arauco Eugene MDF. I have been here over 31 years and it was one of the most striking classes I have ever attended. I am very familiar with all the safety does and don’ts and many of the things you discussed in your presentation. The new perception for me was how it impacted your family. I had never perceived that side of the safety scene before your talk. Looking back that is beyond believe I had never given that a thought. Like you my family is the most important thing in the world to me. Hearing you talk about how it affected your family was something that caused me to fight hard to control my emotions. It is apparent that our Heavenly Father has blessed you with a great family and given you a second chance to realize and appreciate that. Thank you very much and I hope and pray that your efforts result in the actions you strive to teach others. My son Michael was in the class with me and I hope he learned as much as I did, as my career is slowly winding down and his is beginning.
Thank you again
Your story of tragedy and recovery was inspiring and well focused on making good decisions daily..
At 17 years of age I had a similar terrible accident in an industrial injury with a forklift..
It too involved both my legs.. (I flipped it over after running over a 4×4 sticker left in the roadway…)
fortunately I was able to keep both legs with some loss of mobility but had a long stay in the hospital and many, many surgeries and many long weeks of grueling therapy sessions as well.
I know exactly what you mean when you looked at peoples eyes and they would look away..
I was afraid to look myself, after seeing their response.
I’m 60+ now and remember that accident like it happened yesterday
I’ll keep your son on in my prayers..
Since I started at Arauco I have found myself replacing a simple “bye” with “be safe”, for reasons that elude me. After your presentation today I was forced to admit my naïve notion that something wouldn’t happen to me. By admitting this, I have realized a greater responsibility to not just myself but for my family, friends, and coworkers. That responsibility is to live, breath and be safe. Although I do not work with the equipment, instead in Finance, I understand how simple actions can have larger consequences. During your presentation I was reminded of the previous day when I was rushing to finish the final piece of what I was building, and how in that moment I was cutting corners with the saw and I was lacking the proper time and focus. Along with that moment came a flood of past actions that could have had devastating results. You have inspired and touched many hearts and I am honored to be one of them. You are a wonderful speaker and have a very powerful story to tell. I encourage anyone and everyone to hear your story and work together to be safe.
Wow Chuck, your message is so powerful and brings the gravity of what safety really means. All I can say is thank you, and I will answer the call for the prayer request. I promise to keep being strong in safety and to not take the short cuts. Keep the focus up and thank you for the recharge in my life.
Great story, better message. Really brought home how fast life can change when you lose focus on safety. Thanks for turning your tragedy into something we can learn from.
Chuck, Thank You for sharing your story. Your candid message is very impactful. The focus on how a shortcut taken during frustrating moment in time can not only affect you…..but more importantly how it affects the lives of those you love and care most about….very real and very powerful. We look forward to you sharing this message with the rest of our teams later this week.
I just want you to know how much your story impacted my life. The afternoon you spoke to us, I was on my way home and I came to this stop sign that no one ever stops at . I found myself actually stopping at it for the first time because I thought of you and your story. I really appreciate you having the courage to stand up and tell your story. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Not many people would have the courage to stand up in front of a crowd and tell a personal story of their life. I really appreciate and admire you. Just keep on keeping on!
What an amazing story, I admired your courage,determination,and fearless about the future and the outcome of the whole challenges you faced in those few years. Good presentation at Eaton toccoa Ga. Just a quick question, have you considered making a movie about all the challenges you faced. Good job and keep presenting. God bless you and your family.
Hello Mr Chuck,
I’ve been debating on exactly what I wanted to say since I walked outta our training room where you presented to us your testimony. I would like to personally say thank you, but I’d also like to take a minute and tell you..
although you came to talk about the importance of safety in the work place, and it was a very educational presentation. I wanted you to know I got far more than that.. I received motivation, inspiration, and above all else a reminder that nothing is impossible with God. Your a walking example of that.. There is no mountain that can’t be climbed, no obstacle that can’t be overcomed, and there is nothing stronger then a pure determined will.. Og Mandino once said
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” Continue being exactly what God has had planned for you all along. You’ve challenged me to not only be “my brothers keeper at work” but to also never take my eye off of my goals.. God has me right where he wants me.. thank you again sincerely..
God Bless you & your family Mr. Chuck.
Chuck you where inspiring and you would understand me totally I am OCD and ADHD too!! No one gets me I do 3 jobs and handle them pretty well I thrive in “organized caose” I will be praying for you and your family!!
Chuck, thanks for sharing your story with us today. The part about the effect your injuries had on your family was very moving. Hopefully you opened some eyes today. keep up the good work.
I was very moved by your story it rally made me think . Sometimes we don’t really realize how a split second can change our lives forever.
Dealing with PTSD and depression myself for years myself. I really respect how you have overcome it and are helping others.
Keep sharing your story Chuck im sorry that you and your family continue to struggle i know that i will always be more safety aware because of you, as i shared your story with my wife last night we really had a great sense of being blessed by you sharing this story, and my boys thank you too, they are 5 and 8, and this has changed the way i look at not just safety at work but also in everyday life, i have a story for you to share if you would like to email me, i think it could help.
Thanks for coming to Toccoa today Chuck, your story was a powerful one, and really is an eye opener to how quickly things can happen, thanks again, our thoughts will be with you and your familiy as you all continue to heal from this.
I Just wanted to say thank you for your time and sharing your story with us today. It is a great thing you are doing by putting a face with these tragic accidents in the workplace. Also would like to say thanks for the bravery you have shown in allowing people into your very personal story along with the effects an accident can have on the family. May God bless you and your ministry.
Hello Chuck I would like to thank you for taking the time to come to Eaton in Toccoa. Your message was very powerful and touching. God bless you and your family. We as workers lose sight of what is the most important thing in our life sometimes. Your message drives it home and opens our eyes. Thanks John Moon.
I really appreciated you sharing your story at Eaton today. I have seen numerous safety pictures and videos at different places I have worked.
I have never heard a story this powerful. If you had stopped after you told about your injury it would not have been as meaningful. But when you told about you and your family’s struggles through this, it really hit home. I know all too well how it is to have someone knock on your door and tell you that a loved one has been seriously hurt in an accident.
I really appreciate what you do. I hope this will stick with me and everyone who hears this for a very long time. Thank you again for your story.
May God continue to bless you and your family through this road to recovery.
Hello chuck. I work at eaton in toccoa,ga. Your story was an eye opener. Thank you for sharing it. Please continue doing so. Most of all,thank you for mentioning your faith in God. I bet your testimony is more moving. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Especially Luke. Take and God bless.
Thank you for sharing your story today at Eaton Toccoa. I am a father of three myself, a son ( the oldest ) and 2 girls. I have also had an industrial accident myself and went through some of the same emotions you spoke about in your presentation. There was one thing that struck me the most though when you spoke about your son and what he has gone through. I realized when you were speaking that my son is dealing with the same emotions and feeling.
He and his sisters were in an accident in January 2015, and then he was in another accident in October 2015. Recently there has been a lot of anger coming from him with no answer as to what triggered the outburst. As I sat and listened to you speak about what you and your family went through and what your son went through, it struck home with me about my son. Thank you for being so open and honest today. I will pray for you and your family, especially your son, and I would like to ask you to lift my son, Mason, up in your prayers also that he will be able to deal with the trauma he has been through.
Thank you again for sharing you testimony and experience,
I am so glad you got to come to AGC Richmond and share your inspirational story with me and my co-workers. It made me not only look at safety in our plant different, but it also made me more aware what could happen at any given time in and out of one’s workplace. Keep up the great work of sharing your story to others.
I wish you and your family a very bright future. God bless, and keep the faith.
Just want to say thank you for telling your story to all of us at AGC.
It really hit home. As our shift started, I saw and heard nothing but people talking about your story including myself,and about how strong you and your family are.
May God bless you and your family.
Thank you so much ,for coming to AGC Automotive. Thanks for taking time, to share with us ,your inspirational story. I cannot imagin everything you and your family have went through. We appreciate you sharing the struggles you and your family had. With your input , maybe it will save someone here from going through that. On behalf of us all thank you again . May God Bless You and Yours!
I want to say thank you for coming to speak for us at AGC today, I was kind of feeling like the guys in the other comments, not really looking forward to coming in early and sitting through another safety meeting, I will have to say the only regret I have is that we didn’t start the meeting earlier so we could have spent more time with you, I’ve worked in factories for over twenty years and sit through a lot of safety meetings but your story has touched me and will be something I will never forget, I believe you have found your calling from God!! wish everyone could have the opportunity to hear your story. Thank You Again! God bless you and your family for many years to come!
I want to say a very thank u for coming to agc richmond and sharing your story. It was very heart touching. And I think with someone an actual event took place. Is more touching than a video. I want to say God Bless you and your family. Hope it will help all of is here agc to work safe and not only at agc but everywhere. So I want to say thank u one more time.
Chuck and his story were very inspiring. I just want to say thank you AGC for bringing Chuck in to speak. I know for a fact that he was an inspiration to everybody that attended. I haven’t cried in a very long time, but this guy brought tears to my eyes. I do believe that we all owe him a thank you for sharing his story. I will look at things a lot different for the rest of my life. Please keep on doing what you are doing. THANKS AGAIN!!!!!!!!
Chuck, your touching story touched me and I just wanted to express my appreciation to you for coming to AGC to tell your story. I have shared your story with my wife and I’m sure that your story is now spreading in our community. Thanks again and good luck to you and your family in the future.
Chuck thanks for coming to AGC RICHMOND GLASS. Ur story really touched me . It made me think more not just of myself but for my work family and the family’s they have. U are doing great things and u are really getting ur word out there . Keep doing what u are doing . Thanks again chuck !!
My name is Gene. I just sat through your story less than an hour ago. I’d like to be honest with you Chuck. Sitting through another boring safety meeting was the last thing I wanted to do today. It was one of those days you spoke about. The hours seemed longer, and the work seemed much tougher. Then, I had to stay an extra hour for your presentation. I’m so glad I did!
Thank you for being so honest. It was a joy to hear you openly profess your Christian faith. That’s a rarity, and sometimes frowned upon in the days we live in.
Thank you for sharing your story. I’ve been blessed in my life with a wonderful wife, and two beautiful baby girls. They mean the world to me. I’m so thankful I was able to return home to them today. Thankful that I was able to hug them, kiss them, and tell them that I love them. I do the same every morning before I leave for work just as you said you did. Your story helped open my eyes a little wider today, it seems.
Lastly Chuck, thank you for what you do. I thought your presentation was excellent. Very personable, and real. I feel as though I’ve walked away more aware of some things than before. It has truly made a lasting impression. I’ve even made a couple of phone calls to some friends at other facilities. I hope you’ll be able to share your story with those folks as well. Once again thank you! God bless you and your family!
Thank you for your time you spent with AGC .GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.A special prayer for you and your son..thanks so much…
Chuck, Thank you again for sharing your story. You are a courageous man and a blessing for everyone that have the privilege to hear your experiences. May God continue to bless you and your family and I hope you come back to Cape Girardeau sometime, you are an inspiration.
Thank you for sharing your story with all of us at P&G Cape Girardeau. I must say that as a dad to two daughters myself, I was very deeply moved by how this event touched your family’s lives. I will certainly heed the call of your “…..you are worth more to your family than just a paycheck.” mantra. I am unsure how anyone here at P&G could not have related to your story, and I hope we can all learn from it and apply it to our daily lives both at work and at home. Thank you again for sharing such a personal and all-encompassing life event with us. May God bless you and yours as you continue to share your story– you all will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers.
P&G Cape Girardeau
I was at both events in Cape, your story is very powerful, and you deliver it perfectly. Thank you for sharing your personal experiences, I know it will have a huge impact on everyone that attended. I got great feedback from everyone I asked, I know you had a huge impact on how people think about safety. Please keep up the great work, you are making a huge difference in the way people think about being safe. -j
In my opinion this is definitely the best money that my P&G plant has ever spent on a guest speaker. Every manufacturing facility has the potential for serious injury or worse, every day. I feel that your personal experience was relevant to everyone in attendance regardless of their job description. Your communication skills are excellent and exactly what is needed for making an impact on personnel in many industries.
Proctor and Gamble
Cape Girardeau Missouri
Thank you for talk with the organization yesterday – your story is and will make a difference in the lives of many other people. Prays are with you and our family.
Thank you Chuck for sharing story. It was a true blessing to hear you speak, for me it puts things into a whole new perspective. Thank you for sharing.. May God bless you in all you do.
Wow Chuck you bring it home. Very Moving! You have found your purpose god has for you. Stay with the journey. I will pray for you and your family and I will take a different approach on Safety at work. THANK YOU!!
Your story touched my Heart. I would like to think of myself as a Strong person but, your story touch me. I admire your strength and faith in the Lord. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
I really appreciate you talking to us here at Arauco about your story. I wish you all the best that life has to offer. Also, your story has really made an impact on my life and how I go about doing my daily tasks. And again thank you.
Thank you for coming to share your story w/ us. It really drove home the aspect of the ones who love you. Most often, we think of only the task at hand and never the ones waiting for us at home. From now on, they will be in the forefront of all that I do. Thanks again!
Thank you for sharing your story. It gives me a new outlook on safety. God Bless
Thank you for opening my eyes to pay more attention to safety in my workplace. I sometimes get into cruise control. But your story madee realize who else can be hurt by this. I will try harder not to lose focus and think before I do an unsafe or dangerous act not only at work but everywhere I may be. Again thank you for your story and I will remember you and your family in my prayers.
Thank you for your moving story and testament.
I have a new outlook on safety.
Mr. Evans THANK YOU so much for sharing your experience with us today! My heart goes out to you and your family. You have a BEAUTIFUL FAMILY! I’m glad that they have their father still in their lives, and Luke will come around. We never know how each one will react to a tragic situation. I will keep Luke and your family in my prayers. Thank You again and keep pushing forward!!
I just wanted to say “thank you”. It takes an enormous amount of strength and courage to tell your incredible story; and yet make your journey relatable. Thank you for making a difference in people’s lives.
I was the big guy sitting up front during your first presentation, man you hit home. My outlook on safety is completely different. You’re a true inspiration, and your story is absolutely incredible. I admire your courage and strength, keep up the good fight Chuck. Now if only we could make you a Gamecock fan.
I want to thank you for sharing you’re story today with us at Merichem Company. It is a real eye opener. Just not in the work place, but in everyday life. God bless you and you’re family.
Roy R. Laubscher
Chuck, I just wanted to thank you for coming to our plant today and sharing your very touching and inspirational story with us. Your story makes you realize that tomorrow is never promised and you have to be alert and aware of everything at home or work. I always want my fellow employees to go home safely. Thank you
Chuck – you did an excellent job at the EMS Conference at the Choo Choo. The comments about your presentation were outstanding. You connected with the audience, as you could probably tell by the standing ovation. Great job! Thanks for addressing our group. ~ Robert Sherwood, President, Southeastern EMS Directors Association (SEEMSDA)
Great message and honesty.
Chuck I would just like to say thank u for sharring your story with us today .You are a strong person and also you are avery good speaker. god bless you and your family.
I just wanted to tell you that I thank you for taking the time to share your story with us. Let God bless you and your family.
Chuck I wanted to take a moment to thank you for coming and sharing your story with us. Thank you for allowing God to use you so that other people may not make the same mistakes. I left out of the meeting with a renewed sense of focus on what really matters. May God continue to bless you and your family.
Chuck Evan’s story is real life. He speaks directly from the heart and impacted the entire population of our plant with his story. Paper mills can relate to him directly but I recommend him highly for ANY industry as a safety speaker. Safety is fragile and he stresses personal accountability both to yourself and to your loved ones. Keep telling your story Chuck. I am sure there are lives that are changed and injuries that are prevented from your passion for safety.
Chuck, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your story with our mill. Your inspirational story has helped add an additional safety focus to me and my fellow workers! please continue to share your story so that you could possibly save someone’s life or prevent a tragic life altering accident! God bless you and your family and again THANK YOU!
Hello, Chuck! Thank you for taking the time to come to our mill and speak to us about your tragedy that turned into a miracle. Your experience is a blessing to everyone you tell it to. It gave everyone in that room a chance to think a little harder about what we do everyday on our jobs. My God continue to bless you and your family, and give you the strength to continue to speak on your experience. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for for sharing your story with us at Domtar Paper. You are the best speaker I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. You had the ability to make me laugh, cry, think, connect . . . just a complete gamut of emotions and reactions. Because of your courage to share your story, I will take that extra moment to make sure that I am being safe in the workplace and life in general. You and your family will be in my prayers, especially Luke. Again, thank you and God bless.
Thank you for sharing your story with us. Your story certainly illustrates the responsibility we have for our own choices and how our choices affect others. Safety is not just for our company or ourselves. It is also for those who work around us and our loved ones. Thanks again for coming and sharing your story. Your message was a blessing and you and your family will be in my prayers.
Thanks for sharing your story. Glad I had the privilege to hear it. Keep sharing and keep letting God use you. Thanks again.
Thank you for sharing your story.
Thank you for sharing your story at our plant, it was a real inspiration to all of to hear your story. It also reminded us of the impact of personal, and plant wide safety
Thank you so much for taking time out of your life to come talk with us. While I have always thought it was important to think and live safe but, I have to admit that I don’t always act accordingly. I will think of your words often (I already have) in future decisions.
Again, thank you.
Thanks for sharing your story and your faith in God, I have and will keep your family in prayer!
Thank you so much for visiting us here at AGC and for sharing your story. It is a very powerful message that brings home the reality of how one simple act can change lives forever. You are a very eloquent speaker and I appreciate how heartfelt it was. I slowed down coming to work this morning! And I will continue, thanks to you, to be safety conscious in all things. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers.
What a powerful message! Thank you for sharing your story. Prayers for you and your family – may you all continue to heal and find peace.
I remember being in “new hire orientation” for AGC and having a discussion about safety. I told my instructor, Martha Rowe, that if I were to ever get critically injured, I hope to keep my sense of humor. And watching your discussion today, Monday, January, 4, 2016, I see you still haven’t lost that. It would (did) take a lot of courage for anyone to talk about what you have went through as an individual (and a parent). And given that it was a profound discussion altogether, the most impacting comment you made was when you said your daughter said, “at least he could still hug me.” Because, she was right. That accident didn’t take your arms. It didn’t take your heart. And it hadn’t taken your soul. I thank you Chuck, for your explanation. You’re an inspiration. And still “a head” of the game. Thank you.
Thank you for your testimony today at AGC which left me with many thoughts throughout the day. The one thing that stood out to me the most was how the choices I make, wether good or bad, doesn’t just affect me, it affects my family and everyone around me. I will definitely take that extra step and think a lot harder about the choices I make involving my safety and those around me. Your story and the affects your choices had on your kids definitely stood out as well. I am truly blessed to have my wife and kids in my life and I know tomorrow isn’t promised and with your words today, I will be more conscientious of the choices I make involving safety in order to get back home to my family the same way I left them. My family will pray for you and your family and I would like to thank you again for your time and commitment in helping others through your experience. God has definitely put you where he needs you and I know you will touch the lives of many people. Thank you and God bless you and your family
Thank you so much for coming to AGC Automotive this morning to share your story. I was so touch by what you shared with us. I just pray that it made an impact on everyone else the way it did me. You have made me want to be more aware and make those around me to be more aware of having safer work habits. To stay alert and to just take that extra time to work safer.
I will remember you and your family in my prayers. God bless you and thank you once again.
It was a pleasure listening to your story this morning at AGC , you are a very inspiring person , I am sorry for your accident , but I am thankful you have turned it into a positive to help someone else, you made us aware that in a split second your life can change or end, I pray for you and your family and hope your son will be able to find peace, again thank you for what you do.
It was a real pleasure listening to you speak today. It was very inspiring and I hope to work more safely because of you. Thank you for taking the time to come to Elizabethtown to talk to us at AGC Automotive. You are certainly a gift from God.
Mr. Evans I was in a meeting today you shared your story and not only does it help to promote safety in REAL LIFE. But it helps to put things in what happened and why not just because I said so. Thank you for both you sharing your story but for your courage. I had a mishap 11 or so years ago left me 75% nerve dead from knee down a lot of what you said is helping me, I though about how to end it and it be right but I just keep going, a strong family and good friends helps make things somewhat better. I’ll pray for you, your family, and your son thank you again. P.S. I can fool people when just walking around , only on stairs I have to look down to see where my foot is with no feeling you fall a lot, if your foot is not on step right and in summer shorts one leg a lot bigger than the other. But again thank you for sharing.
Thank you for speaking with our group at Lincoln Avenue. I found it to be exceptionally moving and inspirational when you spoke about how your family was impacted. A lot of people do not understand that their actions affect a lot more than just themselves. I appreciate the courage you have to share something that personal. You should know that the entire room was inspired by your optimism and continued effort. Thank you again.
Chuck, thank you for sharing your story with us. Through your words and honest sharing, you gave such an impactful perspective on how just one small decision could impact not only your life but your loved ones. I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.
I was really moved this morning while hearing you speak. Thanks for sharing your family reactions as part of the story. I have children roughly the same age as yours. You just never know how a life changing experience will effect the loved ones in you life. Good luck moving forward and god bless!!
thank you for sharing your story its all to often we get caught up in the day to day grind and don’t think of who all our choices might affect or how they could affect someone else. your story is not only an eye opener about safety it is inspirational in the sense that no matter what happens in life you can still choose to make yourself happy. even at its worst you can take the good from it and spread it. what you are doing takes a lot of courage and commitment. I just want to say thanks for your speech. god bless you and your family
Chuck thank you for sharing your story with Eaton. This is the second time I have heard your story and it hits home with me every time. My grandfather had an industrial accident that left him paralyzed from waist down so I have seen the affects it can bring to life after the accident and into your home. Also I am a team lead here and we stress safety and hearing and seeing your story brings a whole new level to just how important it is and how dangerous industry can be. I care about my team members and all of my co workers and I want them to go home the same way they came in and ALWAYS do their LOTO. It is easy to lose focus like you said and as you said as well that 1,001st time could be your last. Thanks again and God bless.
What a powerful witness you are…not just for safety, but also as a Christian. I will keep you & your family in my prayers.
Thank you so much for sharing your story to us here in Kingsport, You could easily say ” No thanks”. I don’t want to relive this memory every time you tell your story to your audiences. But I , and I’m sure many more will look at how it just doesn’t affect the person the accident happens to , but just has in your case, your whole family. I’m sure it never gets any easier to tell. But want to thank you again, and say it did have a great influence on me and my coworkers. Prayers for your continued recovery and for your family!
God Bless you.
I wanted to thank you for coming to Kingsport and sharing your story with us all. You did a great job in every way. You have a beautiful family and it is obvious how
God has been with you through the years and how all the trials have brought you together. I am sorry this had to happen, but so glad that you all haven’t let it keep you down. I am praying for you and your family (especially your son). May God keep you in His loving care and continue to provide your needs in every way. Your story does make a person think about safety in a new way. Thanks again.
Thank you for coming to Domtar Kingsport and sharing your life with us. Your story is about much more than your accident, it is about you and your family and the impact on everyone. I will look at safety different because of your story and I think it will make me more aware of the risks I face everyday and the reward of going home to my family the same way I left that morning. Praying for you and your family!
It would have been so much easier for you to have allowed bitterness, anger and blame take ahold in your life. Thank you for not doing the easy thing but for doing the hard thing. Your willingness to open your heart and share your soul with those who would listen is making a difference. You may never know how many lives you have truly altered for the better following your daughter’s approach to life – find the positive to this terrible event. Your story has changed me and many of the people I work with!
You tell an awesome story. As much as we don’t want to, we need to hear experiences like yours. It makes us think about the important things.
You did an awesome job on your presentation. Thank you for having the courage to share your story.
Chuck, thanks for coming to Domtar – Kingsport today to tell us your story. While we are all often told that losing focus for only a second can have tragic results, reinforcing what can happen, with a visual reality (you), hits us between the eyes with the stark realization that while many times, “we get away with it”, it “bit” you and that it could happen to any of us. No telling how often your testimony has changed the way people think and prevented many injuries? Thanks for the service you make to all of us.
Thank you so much for sharing your story with Domtar employees today! You did a great job presenting your story & I’m deeply touched by your comments. You used your experience to remember that my Family is everything to me! I lost my mother recently but you gave me the strength to encourage my family by letting them know I’m here for the long haul to take care of them to the best of my ability.
Your family will be in our thoughts & prayers!
God Bless you!
Chuck, Your motivational person to person presentation touched at the heart of our lives and the ripples we send out to others in our lives. In production work much of it is encountering obstacles; and the pressure to keep running is constant. I admire your courage and inner strenghth thru such such troubling times to share such personal information.Your story has made a difference in the way I work and in my thought process. Thank you for sharing and making a difference in the lives of others. Your story will certainly carry on in the minds and daily tasks of AGC employees of which I am one. May you continue to make a difference in peoples lives with your story. It makes a difference , makes it Real to put a face with it.You make the story a person, speaking hard truths you couldn’t change. It was an honor to meet you. May the rest of your life be enriched by the blessings of unknown accidents that don’t happen because of your words. You have made a difference .
Chuck, I work at the Domtar paper mill in Kingsport,Tn and just listened to your story today(9/30/15). I also spoke with you afterwards and was able to share my story with you as well. My story took place in 2005 and really have been able to handle it very well but when you told how it not only affected you but your family as well,it really hit home with me. Thank you very much for reminding me how much more my family and friends mean than earning a paycheck. God Bless you and your family! You’re in my prayers.
Just wanted to say that I don’t think you could have done a better job. The impact that this event has had on you and your families lives shows through in your presentation and that in itself is what I will carry with me. Choices good or bad don’t just effect us, they also effect everyone around us. Thank you once again for sharing you story!
Thank you Chuck i was touched by your passion to help people. I was at Watts Bar today and you let us know the heart of you & your family and what you went through so we want get compliant in our jobs. I Love my family too and you made me think. I wish happiness!
Thanks for sharing your story with us. Your message will be shared with our fellow co workers who did not get a chance to hear it. God bless you and your family , I am glad that you could turn such a tragic accident into triumph.
Chuck, I wanted to say Thank You for coming to our plant and talking with our Associates, your experience and the hardship you and your family have gone through really hit home. Many people that I have spoken with are now looking at their everyday work differently and what could happen to them instead of, it will never happen to me attitude. And as I told you in our talk after one of the sessions, I believe that the way you convey you incident it is very easy for us everyday workers to understand and feel what you are saying.
Keep up the Great Motivation that you are giving people and God Bless you and your Family!
For someone that confesses to not being very good at public speaking you did an amazing job. Your message resonated with me personally and professionally and put into perspective what is truly important. I will carry your message forward and share it with my peers. Thank you again for sharing.
Thank you for having the courage to share your story with others. You have a powerful message that has the ability to change lives, and I appreciate you bringing that to AGC. What started out as a story about unsafe work practices, ended up a story about what’s really important in life. Family. Although your situation ended in a tragic accident, I thank God that your life was spared and I’m grateful that you’ve embraced this opportunity to influence others to think twice. I wish your family the best in making a full recovery, and will keep you in my prayers. Thanks, again.
Thank you for sharing your story! I am truly sorry to hear about the problems you and your family have faced. I wish you the best of luck.
First I would like to thank you for coming to AGC and sharing your story with us. I was extremely moved and saddened by the events that took place that day. It seems as though it could have happened to any of us and illustrated to me that thinking ahead and not staying focused can be a big part of the reason why this could happen to any of us. Again, thank to you and your family for allowing you to share your story with us. I have placed Luke on my prayer list and hope he can understand and begin to accept what happened to his father. It really had to be hard for him to see his hero injured in such a way that it has affected him so much.
Chuck – I admire and respect you for your candor and courage – you had the audience totally engaged. It impacted me in that I will continue to hug my kids every day – and do my utmost to keep everyone safe. I pray for you and your family. It changes the outlook for many on life’s daily choices. It brings home in a personal way the connection between a seemingly routine day and the impact on our lives – and our family. Keeping your story in the forefront of our daily lives will increase situational awareness and recognition of evaluating all tasks with safety in mind.
Thank you – and Godspeed.
You did a wonderful job telling your story and connecting to us as humans, at our deepest level. Our love for our family and our life outside of work- that is how you get people to listen. Despite your humility on what a “bad” public speaker you are, you did the job the way it should be done. Spoke to us as people, connecting and getting our attention. I hope AGC does this every year, as a reminder why we need to go home in the same state that we left for work in. I could have listened to you all day (even in a hot tent). We have said prayers you and your family and please take solace in knowing that you have used your experience to influence my life. Thank you and God Bless
Today I went into this meeting thinking that this would be another talk on things that we already know.. I was so touched by your presentation, family is everything to me as well. Your story touched me deeply and has sparked awareness around me.
Thank you so much, God Bless you and your family,
I had the privilege of hearing you speak today at the NYPA Safety Meeting. Your speech was informative, heartfelt, and engaging. Great job and keep up the good work.
Chuck, your story was an inspiration! You have turned a tragedy that could have negatively impacted the life of your family, into something positive and I commend you on this. Not only does your presentation make us think twice about safety in and out of the workplace, but it reminds us to remember what is most important. Thank you for sharing.
In my decade+ of service at NYPA, I’ve never been to a more impactful event. Thank you for sharing your experiences and your enthusiasm to help others with all of us.
I just wanted to thank you again for sharing your personal experience with all of us at AGC. Here it is the day we go back to work after the holiday and I still have your message and how you delivered it on my mind. I believe this is your calling, and your healing all in one. Keep doing exactly what you are doing. It really does make a difference.
Hey ur story is very touching man keep it up
OH WOW…..what an amazing story. Thanking you and your family, you are inspiring and funny….. 🙂 keep it up and know I will have your family and Luke in my prayers. No worries here on shortcuts or detours from being a safe and responsible employee, always. pssssst….those only belong on road trips…lol…keep up your true testimony and hang in there, HE’s got something in store for you you can be sure of it. Thank you again….
I truly dreaded having to be at work an hour early for a meeting in a tent in the heat of the afternoon! To my total surprise I enjoyed every minute of that hour! It wasn’t just another safety meeting but a story of how in the blink of an eye, your whole world can change. I’m sure you replayed that day over and over in your mind of how you could have done things differently. Your strength and courage have been nothing short of amazing. It is a strong message of how safety is so important but also a message of faith and His amazing grace! Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for sharing your story with us. We seem to forget what is really important in life and focuse on material things. You really opened our eyes reminding us about faith , family and how our lives matter to others. May God continue to bless you and your family.
I found your story to be very informative and inspirational there is always a light in the darkness and God will even use the words of a child to bring us out I think your story needs to go to my husband’s work place at Cargill in Sidney Ohio Amy Francis is the safety leader God bless you and your family my prayers are with your son and all of you
Chuck, honestly enjoyed listening to your story.It hit home and was inspiring and eye opening. Thank you.. AGC
Thank you Chuck for coming to AGC and sharing your story with us. Your message was powerful and to the point. I am happy that you can share your message and make a difference in the way people react to safety. I wish you the best!
I enjoyed hearing you speak today. I wish you had felt free to bring more of your faith into it but I understand that sadly that puts some people off.
Praise God that he spared your life and gave you a great testimony and thank you for sharing.
A little constructive criticism … You are a great speaker so a little less negative self talk? You are more engaging than you realize.! And even contrary to what your daughters say. Funny.
I will think of you the next time I’m tempted to take a short cut! God bless you and your family. I put Luke on my prayer list and if you would add my daughter Brittney to yours I would be honored, she suffers from depression and anxiety as well.
Your story was horrifying and insightful and your message is important.
However, the comment from your daughter about still having your arms to hug, that was a moment of clarity as to what is important at the end of the day. Thanks
I have been in maintenance most of my adult life. I began what would be a lifelong career in a grey iron foundry. It would enter me into a never ending education, of control logic, maintaining never ending machinery that would make us all wonder where its’ next breath of life would come from. After 10 yrs there I came to the glass factory you have just visited today and yesterday. I must say that YOU SIR, HAVE REMOTIVATED MYSELF. You have breathed new life into my thoughts on safety. Yes I am a firm believer in L/O T/O, always have been, like you, I too have taken shortcuts in some items concerning my job and production demands. We somehow forget the little things in life WE ALL take for granted at times, things such as our families, our children, our parents, friends, the ones that really do mean more than just a paycheck. Cutting corners has never really been in vocabulary however yet it still seems to happen around us, in front of us, usually wherever we look. So today I not only bring you one gift, I bring you 2! 1. I will promise you that I will do my absolute best to make wise decisions, yet still get my job done in the best and safest way I know how. 2. As you were speaking and asked for a blessing for Luke, I not only did, I Will continue to ask that he be kept safe, whole, and he will come out of this and become the son you once had, With better knowledge and under standing, and live as a witness to the tragedy he has seen and lived since your mishap. I pray, He will become the living legacy you sir have started!
Chuck what an impactful story. God brought you to this road for a reason. You are making a difference in peoples lives. Your story could have ended very differently for your family and for you. I applaud your fortitude to try and reach as many people as you can about making the right choices. Thank you for making a difference for our Associates at AGC in Bellefontaine Ohio.
you are truely a remarkable person.GOD works in mysterious ways.your speech has been the highlight of my 19 yr. career at cooper/eaton.I was ready to run through that brick wall I’ve heard about.we can overcome alot with faith.I pray for you,your son and family,and my fellow man.we need more prayer in general in this world.GOD BLESS US ALL.thank you bye
You are a really good speaker and thanks a lot for your shearing at Waukesha badger drive at 20th Aug..
I work for Eaton and seen your presentation today. You had a great presentation and sent a strong message. You’re right, your own personal aura isn’t affected as much as your families aura. I send prayers to your family and friends and thank you for your powerful story to inspire safety. Prior to Eaton, I worked in the paper industry in Arkansas and know of the hazards you spoke of that day. And I had ADHD and now have OCD myself. Lol! Keep up the great job, Chuck!
I work at Eaton and heard your presentation this morning. I feel that you got your message across to all who attended. Your presentation was very eye opening and your were a great speaker. Hope all works out well with you and your family.
In my 36 years of employment at Eaton, I have never heard a better speaker. Please keep it up.
Thank you for sharing your story and insights with us at Eaton on Badger Drive in Waukesha Wisconsin this afternoon.
I believe your presentation is powerful enough to resonate with all of us and I pray that seeing the larger picture of how your family is affected by this will us be more focused on our jobs and know when we need to walk away for a while if we cannot stay focused.
I am a Christian and will from this day forward add you and your family to my daily prayers. Special prayers for your son Luke as he struggles with his issues.
God bless and keep up the good work. -Tom
I have been lucky enough to hear Chuck’s story three times. His courage and passion for helping others is beyond comprehension. It amazes me how easily Chuck connects with the audience. If a company is interested in truly connecting and investing in their employees then look no further. Go get em Chuck and keep telling your story. It makes a difference!
Just wanted to say thank you for the message that you shared with us today. It was very powerful and heart felt. I think the presentation of your story is top notch. You are a natural at public speaking whom is destined for greater things. I can’t imagine what you and your family has gone thru since your injury and yet you have made somthing positive come from it. Again thank you for sharing your story.
Raccoon Mountain Pump Storage
I wanted to thank you for sharing your story today. It was inspirational in that you stressed family first with safety being your primary emphasis in any activity one undertakes. I was glad to hear how you triumphed over your horrific accident, yet understand how you and your family must deal with multiple daily obstacles as a result of your injuries. May God bless you and your family. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Again, thank you so much for taking time to share your story with us today at Chester Frost Park.
Dale A. Tate
Thanks for sharing your story, it’s extremely powerful. I sell safety products to end users and distributors every day. I appreciate you.
What an awesome job! Your story and delivery was spot on, amazing what God can use for so much GOOD! Thanks for coming to Riverdale and sharing your incredible story with us. Me and my family will be praying for you and your family.
God bless, Mike
I have worked in the safety profession since 1998 in paper production, metal fabricating and plating, and power production. In all my time and experience I have never come across an individual so sincerely steadfast and committed toward sharing his story and the message of safety as Chuck Evans. I have witnessed those in the audience actively listening and engaging in his message; ranging from those new on the job right up to the 35 year veteran. Chuck has a way of taking those listening along with him on a journey from pre-event, to the incident scene and beyond sharing not only how the event physically and emotionally impacted him, but how it impacted his family, friends, co-workers and community as well. Having gotten to know Chuck, I truly believe that he embarks each morning on a relentless daily pursuit to share his message in the hopes that it will perhaps help someone to pause, self reflect, and choose the right behavior to avoid injury. I highly recommend that you create and take advantage of the opportunity to have Chuck Evans engage with your workforce/organization.
Chuck, Thank you for sharing your story with us at the IP Riverdale Mil. I came away with a brand new focus on my importance not only to myself and coworkers, but more so to my family. Getting hurt on or off the job effects a lot of people.
Although you injury changed your life forever, you story change me and so many others for the better. Again Thanks………
Chuck I just wanted you to know that your story hit close to home for me & though my situation wasn’t mill related, it was family related. My accident put a lot pressure on my family more so than me & I know it takes a very strong & brave person to share such personal and private information. I just wanted you to know I’ll be praying for you & your family’s continued progress.
Thanks for sharing your story with a group at International Paper – Riverdale today. You do an excellent job keeping the audience focused on such an important topic. We must remain alert and diligent to follow safe work practices to avoid tragic accidents. Thank you for taking your tragedy and turning it into a blessing and learning opportunity for others. Best wishes to you and your family.
Mr.Chuck I would like to say it was truly a blessing to hear your story on July 28, at International Papers. Another’s one of Gods miracle. God is a good God and he keeps on blessing us every day. Keep the faith and I wish you and your family the best and I’ll keep your son in my prayers also
Stay prayed up and you’ll will be fine. Ola
My husband, Douglas, had the pleasure of meeting and hearing your story yesterday. It touched him so that he came home and shared with me. I feel God allowed as a testimony to others. Although, you have faced unimaginable, horrific circumstances, you have prevailed, and used your adversity to do good and help others. In doing so, you are showing God’s love, and helping to try and prevent other’s from the pain/losses you have felt. I commend you, respect, and praise for the work you are doing. It is like your life’s calling. Many thanks and best wishes. I would love to meet you, as well.
I want take this time to thank you for your life’s story. I attended the 2015 Tennessee Safety and Health Congress, and have done so for about eight years. In my opinion you were the best keynote speaker they E V E R had. You had a real message, a true life story to share. The message you shared came from your heart, a real life tragedy in your life. May GOD truly bless YOU and YOUR family.
Mr. Evans I was one of the people present at the International paper Riverdale mill today 7/28/15. I really took a lot away from your presentation. I and my family will be praying for your son, you and the rest of your family. It really hit home that yes my job is important to me and my Family but at the same time they need me around not just for a pay check. Your right my co-workers are like my family and we need to look out for each. That was one of the reasons I joined the ERT Team. I think its great you turned this into something good and that God is using you to reach a lot of people. This had to be the best training class we have had to date. God Bless you and your Family. I’m going to pass on this web sight with your story.
Great presentation! We are in the process of implementing our lock out tag out program. You are an inspiration for this program. May God bless you and your family. We Will continue to remember your son in our prayers.
Inspirational life story and excellent speaker. Thanks for sharing at Tennesse Safety and Health Congress 2015
Saw your presentation at the Robert Moses Power Dam.
-Very Powerful Story
-Very well told
-Would highly recommend it
I just wanted to let you know you gave a great presentation, strong message. Keep it up.
Your message is powerful and to the point.
Your presentation was unpolished, real…the way we talk to each other every day.
You’ll never know how many accidents you’ve prevented.
Thank you Chuck for sharing your story with us. I am that person who is always in a rush and multitasking. You have opened my eyes to how I am putting my family at risk and not just myself. It’s time for me to slow down and become more aware of my surroundings. This is one of the best presentations I have seen at New York Power Authority. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
I shook your hand on the way out and said unbelievable story but what I should have said is your story affected me and I will stop and think before I act. And I will side with caution/safety.
Thank you Chuck for truly being an inspiration to us all. Your message is one that very few people have the courage to talk about. Safety is and should always be the number one priority in any task undertaken by an individual. I hope and pray that myself and countless others will take your message and implement it in their lives. May God Bless you and your family in everything moving forward!
Thank you for being an inspiration to us all. Your presentation has really impacted me the way I view life. I will forever hold your quote about “Shortcuts” very dearly, and will try to pass on this information to people that I care about. Your message holds true not only in the workplace but also in everyday life, and I will try my best to implement this in my everyday life as well. May God Bless you and all of your family!
Terrific presentation today. Yours was hands down the most impressive safety talk I have seen. My regards for finding the strength, determination, and creativity to transform your horrifying experience into a constructive and incredibly valuable message.
This was a powerful, powerful lecture that will stay with our group for very long time. You have indeed found your higher calling. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Everyone I spoke to today, regarding your visit here to The New York Power Authority Clark Energy Center location, has commented on how powerful your message was this morning! Thank you for the incredible message on how a small, split decision can change your life! God bless you for using your experience to help others. A few people here have commented that this is the best safety presentation they had ever seen.
You’re an amazing soul who is much stronger than his legs can ever be. Thank you for inspiring others through your story—most importantly, through prevention. I will pray for you and your family. God Bless you.
Thanks so much for sharing your story with us at “Manufacture Alabama”. I know that you have changed lives. Know that we are praying for you, Luke, your wife and daughters. Continue to be courageous and tell your story every time you get a chance.
Really enjoyed your presentation today it was very inspirational and heartfelt.
God bless you and your family, I appreciate your story and wish the best for you and yours.
I just wanted to thank you from sharing your personal story at our Rock-Tenn Safety Conference in Syracuse. We sometimes overlook that injuries such as yours extend beyond the physical loss. The emotional fallout is far reaching and just as devastating. You communicated this emotional impact on you and your family so well. I was truly moved. Who wouldn’t be?
I shared your story “as best I could” with my daughters right after hearing you speak. It was difficult for me to retell it, but they were touched also. Thanks again for your courage and honesty to talk about subjects that most people wouldn’t want to talk about. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God’s blessings be upon you.
Mr. Evans, I have attended countless safety meeting in my years of being a ironworker. After attending your presentation today none can compare, my only regret that it was limited to supervisors only. I have seen some very bad accidents throughout my career, and most happen when we are doing the same things over and over with no problem. It’s sad but true that we learn from others mistakes, but seeing your presentation and the visual impact it had on my colleagues and I has heighted our awareness of potential safety hazards. Thanks for doing what you do. safe travels and god bless
Hey chuck I was recently apart of the seminar you gave at Disney for Bvcc, I wanna thank you for your time and your insight as a fellow believer in Christ it’s nice to hear the reminder about family and being safe for them. Thanks again.
I will keep you and your family in my prayers .
I can’t thank you enough for sharing your story with the Walt Disney World Cast. You shared so many key things beyond even safety that are so important for us all to remember day to day….never take shortcuts, focus on the present and be present, and always go back to your family the way you left them.
Chuck, We can’t thank you enough for coming to Syracuse to speak to us. It takes great courage to help others after you’ve been through such an ordeal. You are a great motivational speaker. You had our eyes, ears and hearts for the entire time. We will bring your story back to our plant to help prevent another tragedy. I’m sure over the life of our mill you’ve made a positive differance and prevented at least one person’s pain. Thanks for being a great spirit,
May God Bless you and your family,
Dave DeMaio Rock-Tenn
I wanted to say Thank you to you for your touching presentation yesterday at our RockTenn Safety Conference.
To see what you hurdled over to stay focused and became a great inspiration to all who have been able to experience your presentations goes without say you are an incredible human being. God Bless you for everything you have been through and for the rest of your life dealing with the aftermath. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers daily.
Chuck I really appreciated your message today and not from an organizational stand point but from a personal stand point. I thank you for your courage to face the accident and use it to inform and give perspective to others on what is truly important. You touched on it a little in your talk but I know God has been with you and your family using them to help you see purpose when it was difficult and now He is using you to make the most important impact on other companies by raising awareness and keep us safe for more reasons than the bottom line figure. I hear from your story how hard this has been on you and your family and continues to be and myself and my Church will be praying for you as you continue to live through this new condition of life May God continue to encourage you on the path you are on and continue to bring the healing you and you family so deserve God Bless.
Hey chuck thanks for sharing your story with us at the demopolis mill. I’m sorry your whole life changed for you and your family, but your story has a impact on everyone! It makes everything look diffrent to me now! Thanks for taking the time to share your story! God Bless you and your family and my family is praying for luke and the rest of yours!
I very much enjoyed hearing your story when you came to visit the Rocktenn Mill in Demopolis Alabama. I’ve done three tours in Iraq and have seen devastating injuries and the remarkable resolve people have in returning to their lives. You’re a testament to that and I congratulate you on your drive and desire to return to your life. Thank you for sharing your experience with our mill! I believe that everyone that attended had pause to consider the dangers in which we work with every day. God Bless you and your family!! My family and I also remembered Luke in our nightly prayers last night and will continue to do so.
RockTenn Mill Demopolis, Alabama
Thanks for sharing your story at rocktenn in Demopolis I think it will help awareness.
I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your story with us here at the Demopolis mill. That took amazing strength and courage to relive that and the trouble it caused your family. Your son will definitely be in mine and my wife’s prayers tonight. Thank you again for being a God fearing man and sharing your story with us you couldn’t have done a better job.
Just want to thank you for sharing your testimony/accident. I just heard your story a few minutes ago and it really touched me. We/me usually think of ourselves being affected only and not the devastation it causes for our families. I will be praying for you and your family, especially your son, Luke. God is good. Eph. 3:20
Thank you Chuck for your passion to share your story to prevent injury to others.
Your speech was heartfelt and real..
You chose to open up your life to reveal all the effects and consequences of work related injuries.
Thank you again
May God bless you and your work
This would have been the second time I have seen you at Tomahawk. I would like to thank you for sharing your story, second time was as good as the first. I can honestly say that people are in the same spot without incident many times. not sure what to attribute that too. Organized, planned right or just lucky?
The things that come out and grab you at a moments notice. I personally know that my life has flashed before my eyes. The biggest hurtle I see is the chip on peoples shoulder prior to an incident. The comments on what we should have done. Very difficult to deliver these comments after the fact. I think additude is key on many levels.
Keep doing what you do, your energy is amazing and I wish you all the best.
Thanks for sharing your story with us again at our Tomahawk Mill. It reminds us to cherish every day that we are given on earth to love our family, friends and all the other people we chance to meet. You explain your “significant emotional event” (safety incident) very well with a lot of personal passion. Thanks for the smiles, hugs, and the “eyeball to eyeball” message that you deliver so well. I wish you continued happiness and success in your future endeavors.
Chuck Thank you for sharing your story with us at the PCA mill in Tomahawk. I have been at the mill for going on 34 years and really dont look forward to our block training program every year. Your story puts things in a little difrent light Again thank You very much!!
Thank you for sharing your story. Even though our accedents were different, I learned that there is at least one more person that is going thru the same emotional challenges. I don’t feel so alone anymore. Again, thank you.
Chuck, you are truly an inspiration. I couldn’t wait to get home and love my family. Thank You.
Chuck you done a great job at gp in monticello ms. I was really touched about your story and I’m glad you keep god in your life, keep up the good work man, I hope god continue to bless ya and take you through whatever obstacle that comes your way, you’re doing a great job.
Chuck, I really enjoyed your presentation at Gp Monticello. It really made me think about what’s most valuable to me. God bless you and your family. Prayers lifted for your son.
Good evening, Mr Chuck you are truly an inspiration and a blessing. I really enjoyed you testimony. It really makes think about things and how more how self conscious I need to be for myself as well as others. I hope you continue to go and bless people with your presence
Thank you for coming and sharing your story with us. You have a very powerful and moving story and I was honored that you shared it with us. I am and will continue to pray for you and your family and special prayers for Luke. Thank you for being open and honest, even down to the darkest of times within your own mind and inner self, because it is so important for us to use those times to share with others that may be going through something similar to help them pull through also. I thank you for that! Keep doing what you’re doing because you are changing lives for the better for sure! I know you have made an impact on me (wife, mother of 3 children, project manager/engineer).
Hey there Mr. Chuck, I’ve recently had the blessing to get to meet you at the Mont. GP operations, I can honestly say that this was as touching and insperational of a testimony, if u will, that I’ve ever listened too! I loved ur energy and drive, u really reminded me of myself in so many ways including three girls that I’ve been blessed with, never a son but I guess that was Gods will! With that being said I do hope u know ur son is so deeply in my thoughts and prayers while he may be in his distant stand offish place, in life rite now, I’m sure he’s got a lot of mental things goin on that he with the help of the good Lord he will overcome!
I know this May have been a little lengthy, I think I could type all day! I just want you to know that u touched my heart and thoughts, I’ve shared ur story with my entire family, they were as well inspired so thank you, what ur doin I think was what God planned for you ur whole life he just put it off for a while….,idk but what ur doin is awesome from a safety inspiring point as well as providing a place for folks to stop and look at their life and what is and should be important, God, family, friends, work, SAFETY and I say then production!!!!
Thank you Mr. Chuck, thank you for comin to visit us and using the downs and horrific times u’ve had to go through to be who and what u are today, I hope everyone uses u’r testimony to be safer as well as better people in general, parents, spouses and safer workers!
Please know u have an open invitation at our plant anytime, I’d love to see u visit again in the future, thanks again, keep it safe, keep it real, just keep on keepin on!!!
Crane operator/Monticello MS operations
Chuck, Thanks for coming to Monticello today to tell your story. It was very inspiring, it made me realize how important it is not to get complacent on the task we do so many times everyday, because it’s those things that can bite you. I am a new father and my family is everything to me and you made me realize how it can really affect your whole family. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. God Bless.
Chuck, The story you told today really hit home with me. I am a 27 years old father and I have work in construction since i graduated high school and I have heard numerous stories of people getting hurt but to hear how it impacted not only you but your family’s life really gave me a totally different outlook at not only safety but my life as well. I couldn’t imagine going thru what you have and i thank you so much for sharing your life changing story. So, with that being said, i hope you continue to share your story with as many people as you can cause I assure you it will truly save many peoples lives. Also, I will surely keep you and your family in my prayers each and every night
Chuck, listening to you tell us your story about your accident , and the pain you and your family have endured has made me rethink my commitment to safety. i know your testimony will impact our mill greatly. Thanks for sharing it with us , it was a real eye opener for me. We have a great facility and a lot of hard working people that want to make this mill as safe as possible Thanks again
Chuck, listening to you tell us about your accident and the pain you and your family have endured has made me rethink my commitment on safety. I am sure that your testimony will impact our mill greatly. I appreciate you sharing that with us and pray for you and your family. I have always said ,( if I’m going to be stupid I got to be tuff.) I’m changing that to (I’m going to be safe so I don’t have to be tuff). Thanks again.
Story was very moving please keep up the good work.
Just wanted you to know your story really touched me deeply and will have a lasting effect on me for the rest of my life. In fact, I went home after your presentation to hug my family and let them know how much they mean to me. I shared your story with my wife and she was touched as well by what you shared with me and my second family at BD diagnostics. Please continue to share your story and I pray that you will have the same effect on others as you did on me. God bless you and your family, my family will be praying for you and your families continued recovery. Again thanks for sharing…
Thank you so much for coming and sharing your testimony with us. It sure has opened my eyes to just staying focused on the task at hand and moving on to the next. I am so sorry that you and your family had to go through this but I am glad that you are able to tell your story. I will be praying for you and your family especially Luke.
I just wanted to stop by and say thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming to speak at our annual associate meeting today! Your message is so powerful and touched so many of us in so many ways! Many times I have been in the same work situations that you spoke of and shared so many of the things you described. I always find myself hurrying to get the job done and not thinking about my own safety but mearly production. Every holiday my head is so distracted thinking about everything I need to get done when I’m off and all the upcoming adventures that I’m ready to get myself into! So many times I have had close calls that stopped me in my tracks and made me instantly thank The Lord for sparing me. We never really do think that the next time we may not be so fortunate. What I’m really trying to say is that, you took the thoughts right out of my head and it sounded like you were speaking of my life! I teach my childern that when you face adversity and all the trials that come in life, you must find a way to make that negitive a positive! That makes it all worth it, that gives our life purpose. You are truly pursuing your purpose in life! If you or your family have ever have any doubts that you may not be helping others, don’t! Stop it now! You are a blessing to others, through just an hour of your testimony today on your life and your families life, you have embedded in my mind lessons that I will carry with me for a lifetime! From here on out I will look at things in a different way, I already am! I am worth more than the extra 10 parts I might produce by taking a short cut or rushing, my son is definitely worth more than that! Thank you again, you and your family are in my prayers, God bless you!
Thank you so much for your presentation this morning. I am sorry that you would ever have to tell this story, but it has definitely inspired me to think about safety in a much different way. I hope your family is doing well and would gladly seen a pray up for your son. Thanks again. Go Gamecock!
BD Sumter, PAS
Just wanted to let you know I enjoyed your testimony today. It’s wonderful that you are using your tragedy to help others. I know your message of despair after your ordeal made us all more aware that our actions can indeed affect others as well as ourselves.
God Bless you and your family!
Thanks for sharing your story with us (BD) today. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to you and hearing your amazing story. I am sure that everyone was touched by it, but more than that, I am sure they all learned something. We do tend to forget where true priorities really are and we often make decisions that can, indeed, put us in danger. You said that you thought you were not a real good speaker, but I would totally disagree with that. You spoke well, were interesting, and kept everyone’s attention. Once again, thank you very much.
Looking forward to hearing your amazing story presented to an AWESOME company and some really GREAT people! See you in Orlando!
Your presentation at our Olin Responsible Care Leadership Symposium this week was outstanding. You inspired us to take personal accountability to do the right thing all the time, every time. The number of people we affect by our daily choices multiplies exponentially in reality. You have a great presence and I’m so grateful you are sharing your message in this way.
Thanks and God Bless
Director, Olin Responsible Care
I want to thank you for sharing your story at the most recent EPRI Switching Safety Conference. What struck me most was the incredibly significant impact the incident had on your immediate family. I plan on sharing your story with those in my department and also within my organization. I am hopeful that it will give us all some pause in every decision we make and think about its possible consequences not only to ourselves but our coworkers and family. So often we pay lip service to the phrase “Be safe” – only to circumvent a rule, or take a shortcut – just this one time. I believe that your work is and will make a difference in the many lives you touch as you share your story. God bless you and your family.
Thanks for sharing your story at the 18th Annual EPRI Switching Safety and Reliability Conference in San Diego. Many facets of your story resonated with me and inspired me to share your story with my colleagues here at BC Hydro. Safety is a journey many of our organizations are on, and as you mentioned the effect is more than just personal when an incident happens. I now have a picture of my family on my office door with the words “Be Safe” as a daily reminder. I have also fowarded this link on to our entire staff.
Thank’s for sharing your great message. Keep it up. Blessings to you and your family.
Thank you for coming to AGC – Knoxville and sharing your story. What you are doing with your life means so much to so many people. I pray that you continue to help prevent serious accidents before they ever happen. People will listen to you. You are a great speaker even though you do not think so. God has a plan for you. You are a Hero. May God bless you and your family.
Hey chuck…wanted to say when you shared your story the B-D meeting it really touched my heart and opened my eyes to many things…how accidents are not just going to affect you but those around you..i am on the safety team at b-d but we always need reminders that staying foused and having our mind on task in so very serious .thank you for taking time to share your story with me..my prayers are with you and your family…shows me with GOD all things an be used for his honor and glory..
Thank you so much for taking the time to speak to us at EPRI’s Knoxville Office. Please keep passing along your message of safety and how one incident can effect so many lives. You are a great presenter and obviously blessed with a natural ability to communicate your message.
I pray Luke will come to the realization of how his actions/feelings effect others lives. First his family’s and now my life as I remember your story and his.
May God continue blessing you and your family!
Thank you so much for bringing your message to EPRI in Knoxville today. You’re story really gave me a new insight into safety, and I will definitely take the extra step in the future to ensure I am safe in and out of the workplace. Keep doing what you’re doing, and I know the world will be a better place for it.
Thank you so much for coming to AGC-Knoxville to share your truly inspirational story. You made it crystal clear how important safety is! Our plant has always focused strongly on safety, but it just takes one second to make a wrong decision for life changing consequences. Your presentation was very touching and will have an impact on everyone at AGC. Safety is not only important at work but also in our daily lives. God bless you and your family. Bless you for having the courage to convey your message to everyone!
Just wanted to say thank you for coming to A.G.C. Glass and sharing your story. It has seriously made me stop and think about how a quick lapse of judgement can cost so much. I want you to know that my family will be praying for you and your family and we will also keep your request for prayers for your son. Keep doing what your doing because it’s working. The Lord has funny ways of making people’s paths cross and I’m glad he put you in mine. Thanks again and god bless.
Hey Chuck, I wanted to say thank you for coming to AGC Glass in Knoxville. Your story has touched me in so many ways. Its easy to forget that other people have life challenges just like I do. I hope you continue to tell your story because there’s a lot people that get carried away with the small things that could make a simple decision turn into something big that could change our lives & the ones we love forever. May God continue to bless you and your family. God has obviously put you where he needs you most!
What a truly inspiring message you had today for the employees at AGC-Knoxville. You were able to make crystal clear how critical it is to keep safety our number 1 priority in our daily lives at work and at home. I’m convinced that your story will have a positive impact on each and every employee at our facility. I will always keep you and your family in my prayers. May god bless you and your family in all that you do.
Your story hit close to home for me. My brother was tragically injured on the job 15 years ago and unforturnatley he did not make it. When you were telling your story, all I could think about was him and how it changed our lives. He was only 21 and left a young son and wife behind. It was a blessing to hear your story and really makes me realize how important the ones I love are to me. I talked to my department after the meeting and stressed how inspirational it was and how it makes you think about things. It goes to show that God had a different plan for you and I truly believe that you can make a difference in peoples lives. Keep doing what you are doing! You are an inspiration. Thanks again for sharing!
Thank you for coming to the Kingston plant and sharing your story, It definitely drives home on keeping your head in the game and you never know what the next second of your life might bring. I like your picture you have of you standing in front of the Tennessee Fireman’s 911 memorial in Bellbuckle. I should of mentioned when you were here we also have a piece of World Trade Center Steel here at the plant that we made a memorial with. Every Sept 11th we do a remembrance ceremony here at the plant, it would be a honor for you and your family to attend this year. Thank you again
I enjoyed hearing your story Chuck , and made me think twice about what really is important and who we are really being safe for, and how each of us are important to our families. I wish you and your family the best.
Thank you very much for making our 2014 Safety day memorable for our employees. Your message was very well received and I am confident mindsets and attitudes have been positively impacted and people will make different choices because of your message today.
It was a pleasure meeting you and your wife. May God continue to bless you and use you to change lives.
Chuck, thank you for sharing your story. You and your family are an inspiration. I will keep you all in my prayers. And thank you for sharing your message for safety and hope. And for reminding us that we are all our brother’s keeper.
Chuck, thank you for sharing your story. You and your family are an inspiration. I will keep you all in my prayers. And thank you for sharing your message for safety, and how it impacts us all. And that we are our brother’s keeper.
Chuck I was inspired by your story to try to be a better, more loving husband and father. Thank for sharing your story with us today. I will continue to keep you and your family(Luke) in my prayers as you travel this country with your message. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Be blessed as you move forward in this life.
What an outstanding and informative presentation! Chucks story puts safety in perspective in a way that so real for Me. He just spoke to our Group from JM Huber and I’m so glad that He shared His story with us. I will be sure to slow down and work safely going forward
It has been a week since your visit to our plant in Dallas. I highly recommended you to my colleagues and hope God blesses you and allows you to do this for many more years.
Thank you for sharing your story with us in Longview. Your energy is amazing! It’s obvious how much you care about your audience and how much you want your message to sink in. It works! I stop and think about everyone’s family before starting each day. Keep up the great work.
Thanks so much for sharing your story with us at Shawnee today. I sometimes forget what I do day in and day out can affect my family so much.
Please continue to share your story.
YOUR STORY IS VERY TOUCHING AND I THINK THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL AT WORK , HOME OR ANY TIME SHOULD HERE YOUR TESTIMONY. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAS HAPPENED IN YOUR LIFE WHICH WILL OR HAS PROBABLY SAVED SOMEONE ELSES LIFE . I THANK YOU FOR THIS PRESENTATION IT WILL OPEN ALOT OF EYES .
Thanks for sharing your story, I think you are a great public speaker! I just wish you would move around a little more, I was filming you, ha! I will be praying for your family and especially Luke. Thanks for helping us focus on the important things in life, may God bless you and keep you.
The message you delivered was very powerful and eye opening on how safety and one simple lapse can cause a tragic accident . It will definetly bring safety to the forefront of my mind from now on and I am happy that I can share the message with my other team mates keep deliving this message it well worth the time god bless you and your family
Sincerely Daymon Gibbs
I was very moved by your very tragic story. I will never for get u and all of your endeavor’s . I don’t think I will ever. look at
Life or my family and co-workers the same . Thank u for sharing part of your life with us. I will never look through the same eye’s again. safety first has a new meaning to me. I wish you the very best and good luck on your next surgery. God bless. Sincerely chuck!
As I finished my day I prayed for the health of your son. I enjoyed your presentation and wished I could have heard your testimony of faith. I think someday I will. God Bless!
Thanks for sharing your story with us in Plant City. The fundamental meaning, purpose and your personal motivation tell a story of tragety, hope, integrity and values.
Your ability to overcome the extreme difficulties of the injury / event and change your life’s course in a way that bring positive change to others is very admirable.
I have heard nothe but positive feedback from the Team Memebrs in Evergreen Plant city
Thank you for coming to tell your story at Evergreen Packaging in Plant City today. You are a true inspiration in so many ways, not only opening our eyes to safety but to what is most important in life, the ones we love. Our plant has always been focused on safety but I think you shed a new light on it and made a real impact on the way people think. You made it personal and I don’t think anyone will forget your story for a long, long time. I know I will never forget you and will share your story with everyone I know. Take care and keep your wonderful spirit shining bright!
dear chuck, I think your story that you shared with us at plant city was amazing and how you found the strength to over come them. GOD BLESS YOU. i learned today to never take short cuts and always follow procedure no matter how fast you want things fixed because in one step that you may have done over and over again could be your last step. i think all companies should have more motivational speakers instead of the same ole boring stuff it keeps morale up and it opens your eye up to something you might take for granted. i hope your son Luke find’s out that there is light at the end of the tunnel for I myself have been were he is at.. Thank You, Sherry Kirton.
Thank u for being a brave person and taking the time to share your story at Evergreen Pack, Plant City to remind us how this could happen to any of us. Your story was a real eye opener not just at work but for our every day lives. God bless you and your family.
That was a very touching presentation you did at evergreen packaging plant city fl. Thankyou so much for sharing your story!
A heartfelt thanks to you, Chuck for visiting Plant City. It was a most inspiring motivational gathering. Funny, sad, and definitely makes team members think even more about what we are doing. We are very safety conscious, as I know you were. It was fabulous to have you visit us and I think we are even more cognizant than before you visit. Thank You so very much. We greatly appreciate the time you spent with us. Wishing You and Your Family Many Happy Fulfilling Years ahead. Come visit us anytime – You are always welcome.
It was my honor to host and help usher you through our facility. Your courage and concern for the well fare of others was evident in the talks you had with all of our employees. You have started a vibration that I hope we all can help maintain. We will keep Luke and all of your family close to us. Be well.
By the way…it hasn’t rained since you left.
Thank you Chuck, you gave an excellent speech and it has inspired me and hopefully other to be safe not only at work but also at home. We at Evergreen Plant City Fl. strive for safety and your story reinforces the reason why.
Thank you and God Bless.
Thank you for sharing your message with everyone at KapStone last week. The manner in which you told your story was very relatable and I’m sure it touched each employee in one way or another. People like you are helping to improve the safety culture in our industry.
God Bless you for being brave and sharing your experiences in the hopes that others will learn from your mistake.
You and your family are in my prayers.
Yours was probably the most influential safety presentation we here at KapStone have ever seen. We admire you for enduring the hardships you’ve had to deal with, and especially for developing such an important message in the aftermath.
The modern world is a super-competitive market where workers often feel compelled to save seconds of time, and because of this, are inclined to skip over critical safety steps. Your story helps to empower us to do the smart thing — follow safety procedures always.
You’re doing a good thing by going around and telling this story. Keep up the great work.
Thanks again, and we’re hoping for the best for you in all phases of your life and future.
Enjoyed your presentation today – thank you for your willingness to open your story up for all to hear! I would love to have you speak to our local high school metal shop/wood shop as well because I have hear stories that make me wonder how long before they have to report an accident! I think though any school and employer would be lucky to have you speak. Thank you again!!
Chuck,you did an excellent job of presenting your information.It was very touching and I know it will help me to be more aware of my own safety and those around me. I hope things get better with your son God bless. Thank you!
Thank you for visiting us It was an amazing story and I’m so glad that you have the strength to keep going. God is do AWSOME and I will keep ur son LUKE in my prayers
Wow, you’re an amazing person. Thanks for traveling across the country to share your story with us face to face. No safety videos can compare to having you there in person standing in front of us. I admire how you have taken a tragic experience that could have destroyed your life and family and used it to help others. You definitely raised my safety awareness at work and home and yes, we will keep Luke, you and your whole family in prayer.
What a wonderful ending to such a tragic story. we enjoyed your story and it was great seeing you in person. This just shows how a accident can change your life forever and your families. it is great how you are going to all these different events to tell your story. It may save someones life. hope all goes well for you and your family!
Hi Chuck, Thank you for sharing your story. God has given you a talent. And an opportunity to educate the community about safety, & what is most important in our lives. Your presentation is genuine & comes from the heart.
Thanks for visiting with us and sharing your story. Many have said it was one of the best safety communication meetings that they have attended.
My heart goes out to you and your family and I want to thank you for sharing your story with us at Merck.
My heart goes out to you and your family. I want to thank you for sharing your story with us at Merck.
I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your story with all of us at Evergreen in Raleigh, North Carolina. Your presentation was great and obviously from the heart.
God Bless you and your family,
Chuck, Awesome job! Thanks for reaching out to everyone and making them think! Your presentation was great and I sincerely hope you continue on your journey and touch the lives of others as you did the employees at Evergreen Packaging Raleigh Facility. Prays coming your way for you and your entire family!
The presentation you gave at our plant this morning was eye-opening, inspiring and most definitely from the heart. Thank you for having the courage to share your story. As requested, Luke will be in my prayers.
Totally awesome was your presentation. I hope everyone paid attention and learn from all that was said. I can say one thing, I have been in numerous meeting and whenever third shift has to stay over, you can look at them and most of the people are half asleep. Not this meeting everyone
was alert and into ever word that was being said. Keep on giving your story to all that will listen, l guarantee you there will be someone’s life saved because of your story. Thank God for you sharing your story with us at Evergreen Raleigh…
Kim T Muller
Thank you for sharing your story with us here at TVA Gallatin, it tugged at the heart and brought a couple of tears to my eyes. You and your family will be in my prayers.
Your story really drives home the term, “life can change in the blink of an eye”……Thank you
very moving story, my heart goes out to you and your family. thank you for sharing your story with us.
I was very taken by your story i rushed home to tell my wife about your story as i was telling her about your story it brought tears to our eyes thank you for shareing your story it made us both think twice about how we go about our life may god bless you and your family oh and from now on i will always kiss my wife good bye i should say we never say good bye it’s always see you later Thank you so much for sharing your story GOD BLESS
Chuck, your visit in Kalamazoo, was very informative and very powerful.
Many times we don’t think before we act, and all it takes is 1 time to bite us.
Thank you for your testimony and your calling, your faith in GOD is very strong and evident, and that along with your strong family will get you through what GOD has planned down the road.
May GOD bless your work and your testimony.
From an EHS Manager’s perspective, Chuck is priceless! Chuck and his redemption story has not only connected to every single member of my 150 employee converting plant; he has raised the bar on the importance of not taking short-cuts and staying focused despite upset conditions to prevent behavior-based work place injuries. His story not only helps re-enforce the importance of personal safety responsibility regarding behavior-based hazard recognition and avoidance, but it emphasizes the ripple effects that a traumatic work place injury can have on an individual, his family, co-workers, and company. Chuck’s story while tragic and avoidable, triumphs and delivers truth from the standpoint that Chuck has made and continues to make “lemonade from life’s lemons” by showing his, his family’s and others humanity to right his wrong. He does so by sharing his powerful, yet painful life lesson with others. Chuck, his family and those who helped redeem him after his tragic accident are a blessing to us all, so we may avoid such consequences from potential work place accidents. May Chuck continue to shine on in an effort to prevent others from having to travel such a tragic path and bring hope to those that find themselves in similar circumstances.
You are an amazing man and your story is certainly inspiring for all of us! I wish I could tell you how many of our employees have told our leadership team that your sharing of your personal experiences was the best safety presentation they have ever had! Keep doing this great work, clearly you have a gift and this is now your calling. Your passion and concern come through loud and clear, and we were all changed by your testimony today. Thank you, and God bless you and your family, and this wonderful work you are doing to benefit others!
Thank you for sharing not only your story from your view point but also some of the struggles that your family has battled with. Tears came to my eyes that your daughter Laura said mom I’m glad it was dad’s legs and not his arm. So he can still hug us. God bless
Your story really made me think how we need to stay focused on and off the job. Your story made it real not just something you hear. God is using you and your story to reach out to other people and I thank you for it. It was a real eye opener to focus on the job at hand, to stay safe, and not take short cuts. The impact of what may happen would not only affect you but your family also. I want to thank you again for making me realize this could happen to me. May God bless you and your family.
First, I want to thank you for taking the time for coming out to our plant. (Merck) I can’t even fathom what you and your family went through when this tragedy happened. I’ve been to many safety meetings or safety stand downs as military personnel call them. Boring as ever, of course. Your story however, as sad as it was, was an eye opener. As hard as it may be for you to re-live the moment as you tell your story to random strangers, must be difficult. But, you’ve managed to take a negative and turn it into a positive. Everyday no one thinks about safety the way they should, myself included. This is how accidents happen. Anyhow, I’m gonna quit babbling and just say thank you one more time for sharing your story.
Take care and God Bless.
Chuck I want to thank you for coming to Merck tonight and sharing your
story with us on the night shift. I don’t know when I have heard a better
speaker or a stronger message. Your courage and drive is amazing and
everyone can learn from you and your story.
Thank you and God Bless,
Over the years we have seen hundreds of safety videos, been to hundreds of safety meetings to increase awareness, and have seen safety statistics presented in almost every form imaginable, but your story, your heart felt presentation, has made the biggest impact of all. You have turned a tragedy into a triumph and in doing so you have touched a lot of lives. Thanks for the great inspiration. I’m sure we will all proceed through life with a more cautious eye on our surroundings.
Thanks Chuck for your story. I think everyone should this .It made me think about everyday life not just in the work place. Thanks for sharing you are a Blessing
Amazing story!!! Very touching and very real ! Thank you so much for sharing.
Thank You for coming to Merck today and sharing your story with us it truly touched my heart and made me rethink every step in my actions and in life. You are a true blessing as I told you when I shook your hand. I work 2nd shift at merck. But may God bless you and your family you all are in my prayers.
I was touched by your story of what happend to you and how you and your family have walked through hell together! You spoke Feb, 4th to Merck employees at 3pm and it was an eye opening story! Made me stop and think of my FAMILY and MYSELF and how i have taken chances to get jobs done. I will now start everyday with a whole new outlook! GOD BLESS YOU and your family and please dont stop telling this to people like me, we need this everyday!
Thanks Chuck for telling your story to our site. Your story, as presented by you, is far more effective than any safety meeting I have attended in 35+ years that discusses taking chances with safety! (Yes I am almost as old as you are!). You are a true inspiration and please continue to tell your story to as many companies as you can! I truly believe that your story makes people think about their safety and may prevent injuries. This is your calling!
PS Have you hugged your family today?????????
God Bless You
Thank you so much for coming and sharing your story with us. You are such an inspiration to many. Praying for you and your son.
I would like to thank you for speaking at our factory in cleveland TN (MERCK) , your story touched my heart, and I pray for you and your family , the way you did your presentation was perfect , the best I have seen, life can change in a split second and every choice we make can affect our whole world , and your story made me think more about safety , and choices I make , and how you said , if you wouldn’t let someone in your family not to do something then don’t do it yourself, the more you think about your safety as if it was my own daughters really touches home . keep up the great work , god puts people where they are needed and don’t put more then we can handle , you my friend are very strong . god bless..
I would like to thank you for coming to our plant today (Merck). What happened to you must have been very hard to go through. I also happy that you brought up prayer. You did a wonderful job and I’m sure your story made a huge impact in some lives today I know you did in mine.
My Wife has a request that you try and go to Wrigley’s in Chattanooga. They really need to hear your story.
God Bless you and your family.
Your story touched me and made me think about all the times I made shortcuts. I liked how you mentioned God from time to time in your speech. We need more of that in this world! As far as a recommendation, I would recommend anyone to listen to your story and the impact it had on you and your family. Thanks for your time you shared with us at Merck. I pray God blesses you and your family greatly!
Thank you for coming and sharing your story with us at Merck in Cleveland, TN. Your are truly an inspiration and a very good speaker! That was the best safety meeting we have ever had! You made me think about the really important things in lifer. You never know what might happen around the bend, so make every moment count! I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Thanks for your time and I hope you get your son back. I first heard about this accident from a family member and I’ve thought about it since. And you have inspired me thank you again.
thank you for sharing your story! absolutely the best safety related topic our company could offer. may your health be with you and your family, thank you again
You can watch safety videos all day everyday till you retire and it still wouldn’t have the effect your presentation had..I thank you for your time and I know my family thanks you also..please keep telling your story…I know I will be more cautious in my work place…again thank you and one day your message may just save sometimes life if it hasn’t already
Thank you for sharing your testimony with us at Evergreen Packaging in Clinton,Iowa. It was very inspirational and touched my heart. It was a great reminder of how your life can change in the blink of an eye. May God bless you and your family 🙂
Thanks for sharing your story with us in Clinton. It shows how fast your world can turn upside down. Continue your story with whom ever will listen, it was very inspiring to me as to many others I hope. Continue to keep the faith and may God Bless you and your family.
U r def a inspiration … N I think u not only have a testimony n the factory
But also a testimony thru god…
I m a Christian n a prayer warrior n I m keeping Luke n my prayers…
I jus attended the “speech” n Clinton Iowa at evergreen packaging
N I had tears rolling down my face when u said the only thing running thru ur mind was that u did not kiss ur kids good bye that morning…
A true eye opener…
I too “let em sleep” often
N I am going to try hard to break that habit…
Again… Thanks for the motivation
N god bless u too:)
Thanks Chuck for sharing your story. We watch safety videos all the time , but having someone share in person their accident really makes you think about safety from a different perspective and really hits home. Your a true inspiration. Best wishes to you and your family !
I have witnessed many safety presentations during my 40 years as a supervisor. When Chuck presented his story to Evergreen Employees on 1/16/2014 it was a wake up call to every employee I talk to including myself. I have never heard so many conversations going on for days after his testimonal about the accident between employees. I truly believe the he opened alot of the employees eyes and they will work much safer in the future. My family will keep you, your family and especially your son in our prayers. Rex Kennedy
I want to thank you,for coming to evergreen packaging in Athens,ga and sharing your story,with us. I was so moved by it and your courage to move forward.Your speech made me realize we all need to really need to a heed to our safety practices at work as well as at home.God bless,you and your family I am praying for you all.
Chuck, thank you for sharing your testimony with us at Catawba. Your message had a powerful impact as it touches each individual with things we hold important to us that are easily taken for granted; family and friends.
thanks for coming to my job,you made me think more about what I do every day, and the one that realy love me .may god bless you ,and take care……. Athens ga evergreen.
Easily the best presentation on safety I’ve ever been through. Thank you. Well wishes to you and your family.
I enjoyed the presentation you did this morning. I am sending prayers for you and your family. God bless
Thanks so much for the blessing. I can’t begin to truly understand what you have been through but I can tell God has his hand on you. Continue to move forward with the words of wisdom God has granted you. And by the way, the message came through loud and clear to me and the rest of our team. Do it the safe way not the epedient way for the sake of production. I saw no sleepy eyes (smile). You are “purposed” and “shaped” for this work / ministry in your time of life. Let your son know we pray for him and he has a father he can be proud of.
Chuck, Thanks for the testimony. Its a blessing to hear and to experience you in sharing what god has done for you. Just another miracle perform through our Lord Jesus Christ. Its was more than a safety meeting. Its all about God working through you. Thanks once again for sharing your life story and how you’re dealing with it through Christ.
I was in your presentation Friday evening. We all enjoyed your speech. You’re a cool guy with a great attitude. The Lord gave you an unbelievable trial to go thru and I’m sure he’s proud of how you’ve dealt with it. I pray that your son can handle his trial with the same amount of strength and determination as you. God Bless you and be strong.
Thank you for sharing your story and putting your faith in Jesus Christ to get you and your family through this trial. I will pray for you and your family as you go through this life changing accident. Hug and kiss the family and tell them you love them as you always do.
Your brother in Christ at the (Catawaba mill)
Your story was so moving . You are living out Romans 8:28. God really does work all things for good, for us who love him. May God continue to use you in mighty ways. Thanks for sharing your incredible story. It really touched home.
Enjoyed your testimony chuck! Brought me back to the accident in my area nearly tow years ago! Great message safety first alway! God bless you and your family!
Thank you for coming to Catawba and sharing your story. It’s really is a eye opener for me. I will be putting up pictures of my family on my locker to remind me daily why I need to work safe(lock-out everything). That accident changed your life forever, but God is using you to help change the lives of people you share your story with. We will be praying for your son Luke and the rest of your family.
I’ve been at the Catawba mill for a short 14 years and never heard such a testimony. You are truly amazing! May God continue to bless you and your family and enable you to continue to spread your story!!
Chuck, I was at your last meeting at Catawba, I was the last guy in the room you talked to and told you about my daughter.Itold you she might lose her feet as well. your story really hit home and you said it right about we needing to be safe for our family as well as ourself. i’m 55 and not ashamed to say you touched my heart hard. THANK YOU. Prayers to you and your Family. PEACE!
What a great testimony glad u came through this chuck. Its great to see someone like yourself using such a tragic accident to inspire people. That’s the best safety meeting I have ever attended by far. Also glad to hear you standing up for jesus. Hope you and your family continue to grow from this and I will keep you and them in my prayers. Thanks again for sharing this with our mill.
Hey Chuck your story really humbled me and made me think of the shortcuts that I’ve taken since I’ve been at this Mill. .. God is always in control and he makes no mistakes.. i commend you on your spirit and your fight because you could have given up but God wasn’t done with you. . So you keep telling your story i enjoyed every word of it. .God bless you and your family
Your speech really hit home. You had the attention of 40 men an women the entire time. we all were moved emotionally with your story. I was glad to get to talk with you when you came into the mill. My family will keep your family an especially your son in our prayers. God bless
Chuck, I just want you to know that you have a powerful and touching testimony not just on safety at work but the importance of family values. I pray that you continue on your journey sharing your testimony and giving GOD all the PRAISE and GLORY
Just left you presentation and wanted to say I have not heard a testimony like that in quite a while, if ever. Very touching and to the point. Our families are worth doing whatever we need to do to go home at the end of the day. Thanks for sharing your faith in GOD also. Our faith helps us in our battles with every day situations. Best wishes in the future, and prayers for you and your family.
Chuck that story you told at Catawba mill hit home for me. I was in a accident in (2008) as well. We stuck a pipepoll in the dryer while it was running 2900 fps. It got into the ingoing nip stanched the pole. Well the poll has a hook on it . the hook end was on my shoulders. Lucky for me the pole push me sideways and came off my shoulder and hook cut my leg. Didn’t know at the time I was cut. My back was hurting so bad I thought that was all the damage I had. Then my leg starts to strings and I look at my leg its was cut all the way cross. The good part of it . My leg was not bleeding . The hook only cut the skin. The lord was watching over me. Chuck I know this nothing what’s you went throught. I think the lord knew you could come throught it. You are a great speaker by the way.best meeting we been in thank yuu and I will keep you and your family in my prayer’s.
Glad to hear your story and meet you. May God bless you and your family. Prayers for your son and that everything works out for the best.
Thanks for sharing your story Chuck! Much respect for you. Very powerful message. Everyone should hear it! God Bless you and your Family.
Was lucky enough to hear your story this morning. I had some horseturd tears rolling down my face and I was moved emotionally. Glad to see you turn a negative into a positive which is difficult to do. Good for you I’m pulling for you and I’ll never forget you. Good luck to you and your family may God bless yall!!
I enjoyed your story and I am extremely touched the by optimism that you have! I appreciate you being willing to share with others and I think it is a wonderful way to help others be aware of their working conditions and to always keep safety first! I am sorry that this happened to you but I am so thankful that you did not lose your life! You are so right in saying that your family needs you more than your pay check! You have a beautiful family as well! Thanks again for sharing and I strongly encourage you to continue to share! I personally do not work on/around a machine but the moral of your storal can be applied to my life in several different ways and to several other aspects of my life… PEOPLE MAKE CHOICES, CHOICES MAKE PEOPLE! May you and your family be blessed and I will also keep you all in my prayers:)
My boss and I had the pleasure of meeting with you at dinner the night before your presentation. I have to say that I am very honored to know you, you have a very true and inspirational story to tell…. I am so glad I was able to attend the three different times that I did…..lol I conduct safety meetings weekly and they are always a challenge to keep interesting ….your story on the other hand is as real as it gets …you have alot of courage, strength and you are very dedicated to your family ! I do believe that you are making a difference with your story. I am so very sorry you had to go through all those horrible things but I am happy to know you and I am so glad that I was able to meet you and hear your story ! You really are an inspiration to all!
Safety from the standpoint of an hourly employee has always felt to me like it’s all about the bottom line…increased profits and decreased costs. “Wear your PPE.” “Follow procedure.” “Work safe.” “Safety first.” are written and spoken quotes overused to the point where they just bounce off an already saturated list of daily requirements and responsibilities. Safety just seems to get crammed into the mix of increased production, cutting costs, and doing more with less. The stance on safety has never felt like a genuine concern for my personal health and well being, but more like a genuine concern for keeping production moving and avoiding the massive expense of emergency medical costs cutting into the profit margin of the company shareholders.
That being said, I just wanted to take a moment and express my personal gratitude and appreciation for actually making me feel like there is someone out there that actually gets it. You came in and I think you surprised everyone from the lowest ranking newly hired employee to the middle management working feverishly to keep the numbers and statistics where the suits want them to be. You came in and presented the ever so frequently overlooked human element. And you did it with such courage and selflessness. It takes a remarkable individual to endure the physical and mental anguish of such a traumatic event and just survive it. But the way you have whole-heartedly committed yourself to sharing every aspect of your personal experience from that fateful November morning thru every detail of the events and scenarios leading up to the tragedy and then the deepest personal trails and tribulations you and your amazing family had to endure and are still enduring to this day. The way you exposed your every vulnerability and shared every detail of the emotional roller coaster that you and your family were forced board without any warning. What you and your family is doing to help prevent this from happening to someone in the future…well that just puts you all into a Superhero status!
I can’t even imagine how difficult it is to put yourself out there everyday trying to connect with others and get your message through with no way of knowing whether or not you are making a difference. Well Chuck, I’m here to tell you, YOU ARE! Keep fighting the fight and know that you are making a difference with your efforts and your important message.
I don’t look at it as you being given a second chance at life, but as us getting a second chance at being touched by an angel hand picked by God Almighty himself to help us understand what life is really all about.
God Bless your soul and may he shower you and your family with all of the rewards life has to offer. Thank you so much.
December 19 2013 Filer PCA….Hi Chuck i just want to say when we had to go to the meeting after nite shift and a 12 hr one at that, all I could think if was just going home to bed, …then you told your story and I was very thankful that I came…your story put a face on things we hear all the time , this time it was real not to say the things we hear about are not…I believe you made us all stop and think about doing something a thousand times and get complacent with it…God has turned something terrible into something good..if you got one person to listen and pay attention you have accomplished what you set out to do..thankyou my prayers are with you and your family..May God continue to bless you!
Chuck- I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your story with us at Jackson Exel. It was one of the most inspiring things I have ever heard. I had the honor to come to 2 of the sessions. The 2nd time touched me even more. I have shared your story with my each of my orientation classes since then. I have always praised myself on safety. But because of you I look at it in a whole new way. I will continue to pray for Luke. Once again thank you for sharing your story with us.
Thank you, Chuck! I truly believe your message will make a difference. It certainly will with me, and in how I train my employees. I will be sure to share this with my family. This has been very inspirational and am thankful to have had the opportunity to attend your presentation. PLEASE keep it up and God Bless.
Thank you for coming to the Jackson, MO P&G Plant to share your story. Your past has impacted the teams and understands the importance of safety! Thank you so much for your part in strengthening the safety culture at the site.
I work for TVA at the Paradise Fossil Plant and really enjoyed your inspirational speech. I thought it was the best safety presentation that we have ever had. Thank you for sharing your story.
Chuck – Thanks for coming and sharing your story with us. You are a true inspiration and the people here loved hearing about your triumph over tragedy. We are praying for You, Your Wife, Luke and the Girls. Your work is very important and you have no doubt made many people think about their surroundings, and how things can change in an instant when we are distracted.
I have received so many positive comments; “Best Safety Meeting Ever”, “Chuck Made Us Think”, ” My Family Needs Me More Than My Paycheck” etc., etc., etc. I am confident your impression will be felt here for many years. Having firsthand knowledge of our industry and operations made a huge impact, and you made many instant connections across our entire mill.
Thank you again, and I pray that God continues to Bless You. I also want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!
Chuck thanks for coming to John Sevier to share your story with us. We all have many choices to make in our daily activities and it’s important that we think about what we are doing before we make those choices. As you stated in your message, it’s for our families and not ourselves. It’s obvious that your family has gone through a great ordeal especially Luke and I will keep them in my prayers. Just thank God that you are still here to love them, share events in their lives with them and give them advice throughout their lives as only a Father can do. My father got killed in a job related accident when I was only three years old. Although I wasn’t old enough at the time to understand what was going on I did understand that I didn’t have a Dad around anymore. I am 59 years old now and I will still wonder until the day I die how much different my life would have been had my Dad lived.
May God Bless You and Your Family.
Chuck, You are truly one of God’s messengers. I am very grateful that I was able to hear your story and testimony. Your story has definitely impacted my life in many ways and the way that I will approach safety and daily decisions. I will be praying for you and your family. God Bless you!
Chuck we really appreciate you sharing your story with us. I have no doubt that you touched every soul in that room. Hearing your testimony put a lot of things in perspective for me and hopefully a lot of others. And not just on the job but away from the job as well. My deepest prayers to you and your family. God Bless
Chuck – thank you for coming to Evergreen Packaging and putting safety in perspective from someone who has worked in the same environment as we do. An accident will impact our famalies more that ourselves. I do not want to put my loved ones what you went through. Continue on with what God is leading you to do. I will continue to pray for you and your family.
God bless and Merry Christmas.
Thank you for coming to Evergreen Packaging and sharing your story with us.Its one thing to read about someone having an accident and then to see someone who has been through one, makes a person stop and think.You are truly a inspiration to us all.God bless you and your family!
great presentation. prayers to you and your family
Never get tired of sharing your story. Your witness and testimony are tremendously impacting. Rom. 10:15 As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” You brought a good word today–thank you.
I attend your talk in Pine Bluff, AR on Dec 12, 2013. Great job! Your message was straight from your heart. Keep up the good work!
Chuck, i appreciate your willingness to talk to others about your accident and life after. It is inspiring in that it makes you want to be even more concerned with safety. I too have had my share of missteps. I almost lost my left arm in a hunting accident where i wasn’t thinking as well. I still have my arm and can do most anything i want, i was fortunate. I owe everything i am and have to God. Without him i too may have given up. I went through months of therapy a couple of surgeries and lots of pain and suffering. I tell people my story, although not in the capacity you do, but still tell it. It always pays to think before you leap. Wish i had of taken that extra second too. Thank you for being an inspiration.
Thank you so much for visiting out Exel site in Cape Girardeau. You have opened up alot of eyes to the importance of using PPE. You said “Never think production is more important than your family” and I dont think people ever considers that, but your story makes me rethink about it. Thanks for sharing your story.
You really opened my eyes to a whole other way to look at safety. I don’t think I have ever thought about what would happen to my family if something were to happen to me. I used to joke with my wife that I was worth more dead than alive but you don’t really think about it as something that could actually happen. It takes something like this to hit close to home that gives you a different perception. Thanks for your story. You have really helped me to see the reality of working in a dangerous environment and I will do my best to ensure my team understands that there are real dangers and that it isn’t just some abstract idea that won’t ever happen.
Thank You very much.
Thank for sharing your story with our teams at the Cape/Jackson Exel site. You are truly an inspiration and have made a lasting impression on me. Your story made me reconsider how I must put safety first not only at work, but at home, in my car, and all other daily activities I do. Continue to share your story of inspiration.
Thank you so much for taking the time out to share your story with our organization in Cape. You’ve touched many of my co-workers with your courage, and have inspired us all to be more aware of our surroundings. I’m confident your story will be shared many times in the future.
Prayers for you and your family.
I am a supervisor with exel logistics in Cape Girardeau, Mo. I seen your presentation last week and it was really moving, it put a lot into perspective. I went and shared your story with friends and family hoping it would get the message across to all. Thank you for sharing your story.
Chuck- I cannot tell you how moving your story was for me. As you know I attended all four sessions and you brought me to tears during each one. I have been and will continue to keep Luke in my prayers. Please give your family a big hug from all your new friends in Cape and thank them from us for “allowing” you to be away from them to tell your story! I am very grateful to have met you and thank you for flipping what Safety means to me!
Very moving! You have increased my desire to never take shortcuts with safety and to consider family, life, job and paycheck in the right perspective.
The phrase “not worth a fingernail” was good to compare the importance of production compared to safety…Another good way to say it might be to rub your arm and say “I’ve just scrubbed off hundreds of skin cells, and production is not worth a single dead skin cell without safety”. If the lights are bright, you can usually see a few skin cells flying when you rub your arm. Mentioning the fingernail got me thinking about a painful incident where a nail was ripped off and I almost missed the point by thinking about that.
Keep on speaking and giving of yourself in the spotlight, compelling workers like me to take safety even more serously!
Praying for you and your family, especially Luke,
Jeff, Tammy, Micah and Katie
P.S. Let’s plan on running and high jumping together in Heaven with our families to glorify HIM!!!
My dad is in a wheelchair with MS so your comments were good giving credit to the value of WCs while thanking The Lord for allowing you to walk sooner than the earthly doctors thought possible…
First of all I want to say thank you for your bravery. I know how tough is it to talk to people about a near life ending experience, it is both scary to relive yet humbling. By the way I work for Exel in Jackson MO. Love your story not only your story but your message. Sorry I’m kind of all over with this message that’s cause my attention spand is short but your story had me from the get go. Safety is a huge thing to me due to the accidents I’ve had in my life due to my stupidity as a drunken teenager and over the years I’ve done a lot of growing up due to realizing life’s too short. My goal in life is to get into safety due to my big heart for people. Your story bout hard me in tears cause I’m kind of a baby. I didn’t talk to you because I knew I would break down before work that night and I didn’t need any more distractions for the nights. Guessing what I’m trying to say is you have helped me to put things in a different view and I appreciate what you do. By the way I think is awesome that you can’t stand in one spot for long cause I’m constantly on the go. Thanks again.
PS. Your family and yourself are in my prayers. Pray about everything worry bout nothing.
Thank you for coming to Cape. It’s not often I’m moved to tears any more.
Enjoyed your story. Made me think twice about wearing my PPE!!
Thought your presentation was very moving and really hit home. We have all been in situations that could have ended badly. Your story is a very powerful message of how the way we react or don’t react can effect us and our families. Thank you for sharing your story. And congradulations on making lemons into lemonade, you are truely an inspiration to all. I wish you and your family the best in the years to come.
Thank you for sharing your experiences and safety challenge at SPFT this week. I appreciate the genuine concern and transparency you displayed. I (and I am sure most of us) were very encouraged to keep safety at the forefront. I will continue to pray for your son Luke, that he will re-engage and become a positive influence for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Regards, Sean
chuck thank you for the story at cumberland city tva plant . you had a way of keeping my attention . dont leave out the part your daughter said about you could still hug her. very touching thank you.
Dear Chuck & family: I wish to express my gratitude for your boldness and humility in sharing your story. My prayer is that it has and will continue to speak to folks where ever you get to speak, and whoever gets to read it. Obviously, God is with you, and has called you to an extraordinary purpose–stay with it brother!
My family and I will keep Luke in our prayers as well.
I must say, I was truly blessed by your testimony you gave to us at Eaton in Sumter, SC. I just want to simply say thank you for allowing God to use you in that capacity, despite your tragedy. Truly I can say, I have been privileged to gaze upon a living, breathing, walking and talking—- MIRACLE! My life at work, and honestly, my life—- period— has been changed forever! God Bless you sir!
I REALLY ENJOYED HEARING YOUR STORY YESTERDAY AT EATON . YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE BEEN ON MY MIND AND IN MY HEART . IN FACT I REALLY WANTED TO COME BACK TO THE SECOND SHIFT MEETING TO HEAR IT AGAIN . WE DO TAKE THINGS FOR GRANTED. THINGS HAPPEN SO FAST. SOMETIMES WE DON’T THINK ABOUT THINGS . BUT I AM AMAZED BY YOUR STORY AND WHAT YALL HAVE BEEN THRU . IT IS AWESOME HOW YOU CAN “STAND” BEFORE PEOPLE AND SHARE YOUR STORY . GOD HAS BROUGHT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THRU THIS ORDEAL AND I AM SURE HE WILL CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND WORK OUT THE SITUATION WITH YOUR SON. I KNOW THERE IS NOTHING LIKE FAMILY !! I AM GLAD YOU HAVE ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT FROM THEM.
I FEEL THAT YOU HAVE OPENED ALOT OF PEOPLES EYES!! I KNOW MINE WERE
OPENED . MAY GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU CONTINUE TO SHARE YOUR STORY!!!
BLESSINGS AND PRAYERS~
Words can’t begin to describe your presentation today, we all sometimes take the small things for granted, and the one thing that really hit home was when your daughter made the comment about you still being able to give them hugs. As a father, I home school my kids and love every minute of it but never think about will that be the last time I get to hug them or even say I love you. Your truly blessed at what your doing because it has open my eyes and has changed a lot of my thought process, please continue to spread your story because it’s amazing. As far as you and your son, we will pray and always remember keep the faith, our god is an awesome god!!!!!
Chuck this is life changing and so true. I appreciate your honesty. Will keep son in prayer.
Oh my gosh, what an inspiration you are!!! Thank you for speaking at our Eaton facility today. I will pray many prayers for you and your family. I was sitting there today, listening to you, and i was glued to your every word. You were right, i dont remember your OSHA recordable number, but will always remember you, your family and your story. Sometimes it takes a person such as yourself, who has been through a life changing tragedy, to help the rest of us put things “back” into perspective. I was sitting there, as you were speaking, thinking about how “comfortable” i have become performing my daily job duties and how much one unsafe act (big or small) could, not only change my life, but the life of my family . Thank you for your encouragement, motivation, and inspiration. Continue to do what you do. Without knowing it, you are saving countless lives. I will try my best to encourage my teammates and co- workers, as you have encouraged me. May God forever bless you and your family.
First, thank you so much for sharing your story with everyone today. It was so inspiring on so many levels. Your story expressed the importance of safety, work integrity, will power, and most importantly the love of family and making sure that we are safely working so that we can return home to them just as we left. Things are happening these days in the blink of an eye and it would be wise for all to cherish the time that we have with our families. When it comes to safety this should be of utmost importance when we are at work or play. I truly hope that you continue to tell your story because it is so inspiring. I pray that you and your family continue to mend from this and that you continue to inspire others.
Enjoyed listening to your story. Certainly makes you think and not take anything for granted. You and your family are in my prayers.
Chuck, Thank You for your message today at Eaton in Sumter. It really hit home with me as I was in an automobile accident while making a bad driving decision and broke my neck affecting my family’s life and other’s lives forever. Your message could not be more spot on. Any decision to short cut safety can lead to terrible results. Please continue to push this message as it can easily be applied to our home life as well as work. You will never know this side of heaven how many lives you’ve helped. I appreciate the love your family provides to help you continue to push forward and your message that one bad decision should not lead to another. May God bless you and yours and the message you will spread. I will pray for you and your family and especially your son.
I apologize for taking forever to express (in writing) how much you blessed our site (Allen Fossil Plant) by sharing your personal, work life story on Wednesday, October 30th. Your message IS VERY INSPRIING and made us realize even further that taking shortcuts to safety is never a good idea. Thanks again and may God’s continual blessings flow in you and your entire family’s lives.
I really feel like God placed you here at Eaton today for a reason and that is to tell me I need to focus more on my family life. Your story really touched me and you are a very strong man. I will be praying for you son and I really wish the best for your family. I got a call today from my sons middle school saying that he had a break down in class and told the teachers that he wish he could work so his mom would not have to work so many hours. All I could think about is how you said your daughter said you had your arms to hug her. You are so right when you said that we are more important than our pay checks and I really needed to hear that!!!!! Life can change in the wink of an eye and we must take the time to really enjoy the things we are blessed with and not take them for granted. God bless you and your family
Thank for your sharing your message with our team today and turning your tragedy into triumph. You are truly an inspiration and have made a lasting impression on me. Your testimony reminded me to reconsider how I put safety first not only at work, but at home, in my car, and other daily activities as well. I pray that you and family will continue to be restored from this experience and that others will take heed to your example.
Thank you for sharing your story. A story told, is a lesson learned by all before an accident happen. Be careful and I will kept you a your family in my prayers. A family that pray together, stay together even when unforeseen thing happen. Your family story touch mine heart, and I sent my support for your wife, son and daugthers, but most of all you the personal who didn’t give up. “Because time and unforeseen occurrence befall them all.”—Ecclesiastes 9:11. Jesus Christ was on earth, he actually did cure people of all forms of disease and disabilities. ISAIAH 35: 5,6 At that time the eyes of the blind will be opened, And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. At that time the lame will leap like the deer, And the tongue of the speechless will shout for joy. For waters will burst forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert plain.
Thanks for sharing your story with us. It was very inspiring and meant a lot from a safety standpoint. A lot of times we step away from the correct way of doing jobs and opt out for a more convenient way. Your story was a snap back into reality. I was injured at work as well although it didn’t come close to the magnitude of your injury, the two combined really gave me a new outlook on safety. Again thank you so much and may God bless you on your continued journey of spreading your message. Truly inspiring. ” Your family is more important than your paycheck!”
As a supervisor, it is tough to find material to make safety personal and have people actively thinking about how thier actions and the actions of those around them impact lives. There have been very few safety meetings that I have left that I have had employees approach me and say “That changed my viewpoint” or “I will think differently about safety” and this was one of those. I hope we all take away that it is ok to care about someone else and that safety is personal. Thanks for a great presentation.
Chuck I work at evergreen in canton, and like many others I don’t exactly pay the most attention at these things lol, but I had just left my house before coming to listen to you, and was arguing with my girl over money . The things you said really moved me and made me realize what’s truly important in my life, and that’s my loved ones and family thank you so much ., I didn’t come shake your hand because I barely had the tears fought back to get out of the building. So just wanted to jump on here and throw you a shout out . Thank you chuck you really opened my eyes.
Chuck, I really appreciate you sharing your story with us at Canton. As a member of the Emergency Response Team, I would like to thank you for recognizing our efforts. All of those long hours of training and time away from our families are worth it if we can help our fellow workers go home to theirs. Keep up the good work brother!
Chuck, thanks for coming to Canton, NC recently to share your story with Evergreen Packaging employees. I think your presentation had the entire audience’s attention 100%. It looks like you have made remarkable progress in five years ! I suppose something you said was the highlight of your story for me. You said that machinery is like a lion in a cage……just waiting for you to get too close or not be paying attention……then it’s too late. You are injured or killed. About 23 years ago our company trained and added emergency medical first responders, which I am a member of. I’m glad to hear that your plant had them when your accident occurred. Keep on sharing your story, and may God bless you as you travel ! !
Thank you Chuck for sharing your story with us yesterday. I was expecting the same old numbers and statistics during the meeting. You truly had my attention when you began to tell your story. At the end when you spoke about your daugher being glad you still had your arms to hug her with, I got choked up. I thought about my family and how your accident could have happened to someone at our facility. Later yesterday evening , I shared your story with my family and with some friends who were having us over for dinner. Your message was heard and I thank you! God bless you and your family!
Just had to shake your hand after our safety meeting for Evergreen Packaging in Canton. Thank you for not carrying out your urge to commit suicide. You are here for a great inspiration as to what God can do through us no matter what comes our way if we will let Him! I started praying not only for Luke but for your whole family and those who have heard and will hear your story in the future. It was the spiritual connection that I felt because it was honest & sincere. Anything from the heart & soul of the speaker will not return void. Talk about a lasting impression! Safety meetings like this are more meaningful and memorable: I sure didn’t see anyone sleep through this one. Please post updates on your website to keep us informed of your journey. God bless you & your family.
I have always dreaded our safety meetings, usually I am so tired after a 12 hr shift, that I had a hard time keeping my eyes open, much less exicited about listening to numbers and looking at charts and graphs. But today was different, I appreciated your message, and I am not ashamed to say I shed a few tears. I continued to cry on my drive home, mostly thinking and praying for Luke. I will forever remember your message, on the job and off, being aware of the safety of others. I am a parent, and I cannot fathom the struggles your family has endured. What don’t kill you makes you stronger, they say, so I believe you rank up there with one of the strongest people I know. Continue your work of reminding us to stay safe. I will be praying for Luke. Thank you for visiting us in Canton!
Chuck, Thanks for sharing your story with us in Canton today. Very positive way to use an unfortunate accident to remind us just how quick things can go south. Also as a member of our Emergency Response Team I thank you for recognizing our efforts to keep fellow workers safe. Keep spreading your story!!
I really enjoyed the message you shared today for the point it was giving. I know you and your family suffered tremendously. I hope and pray that The Lord continues to bless you and your family and the work you are doing. I know I will have a different outlook about safety now. Thank you!
I enjoyed listening to your story and how you go out and try to help other people understand what being safe mean in t just the them but to there family and friends as well, I hope your journey continues to help you as well as others and I also hope it helps your family heal as well
Dear Chuck,I have been in the construction industry most of my life & have heard 100’s of safety talks in that time.But I wanted you to know that your talk at Cumberland TVA yesterday was the most meaningful & powerful message it’s been my pleasure to hear.In construction where so many of us,especially our younger brothers think we are bullet proof,your message was a hard reminder that it could happen to any of us.Thank you for sharing your story & God bless you & your family.
Mr.Story came to Cumberland City Power Plant today. He brought A heart felt message and one I will never forget. It shows that we need to stop and think every min of our days about The decisions we make and thIngs we do. I think everyone should stop and listen to this person closely.
Chuck, thank you for your visit to Cumberland, your story was by far the most impacting I have ever heard.
I really enjoyed hearing you share your story with us today. I was very impressed with your enthusiasm, boldness, and courage as you told about your experience of tragedy and over coming the obstacles that was put before you. You asked us to pray for a special request today and I am believing and praying that the Lord will answer that prayer for you and your family.
I had an recreational accident in 2005 and had to be airlifted by Med-flight also. I still have flashbacks when I hear or see those helicopters and think back to what I went through. Fortunately I did not lose a limb or my life, but as I look back I did not think about God. That to me is the scariest thought of all. I asked you a personal question after your presentation if you were a Christian before your accident. When you said you were I thought back to when I was laying in the ambulance being sedated to be transported to the hospital. I truly believe that the Lord has a plan for everything that happens to us and that we all have experiences we can share whether it be the safety aspect of it, or the Spiritual.
I could go on but I will stop here and say again that I admire you for doing what you do and I personally wanted to say,
“THANK YOU” and May The Lord Richly and Truly Bless you and your Family.
Thanks for sharing with us at TVA Cumberland today. I feel your connection as to how the accident affected your family really reached people today. I know it reached me.
Chuck, thanks for taking the time to come to Paradise and share your experience with us. It was a very heartfelt story that hit home in many ways for me. The response and feedback I have received has been very positive and I feel it will help us to remain focused moving forward. Thanks once again!
Thank you so much for your visit to Allen Fossil Plant. I’ve worked as a carpenter for 39 years and as you, I have become very complacent in my daily work. Thank you so much for the “wake-up call”! Your story and timely remarks are much appreciated. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family with your recovery and this new direction that has certainly changed your lives.
Chuck, thank you for coming to Allen Fossil Steam Plant today to speak with us. It really touched my heart. After doing this job for nearly a decade, I realized today that I take so much for granted when it comes to safety. Yes, I follow all the guidelines and safety procedures but hearing your story today has reminded me that I need to stay aware and alert at work. I cannot imagine the pain and hurt you and your family went through both physically and mentally during this time. I will be praying for you and your family, epecially your son.
I truly believe you definitely are a God sent message. You are a true inspiration to everyone that hears your testimony. You have a calling for what you are doing. The information in your story will stay with me for a lifetime. Your story makes one think twice about safety not only at the workplace, but in daily living as well. I hope you continue to tell your story, because it really makes a difference in life. Your story was very heartfelt, and may God continue to watch over you and your family as well.
Chuck, Thanks for visiting TVA Paradise on the 22nd. Your story is touching, concerning, and a eye opener. Being prior military I have dealt with and deal with others who have lost limbs. I have also seen some industrial accidents. I too have a family (1 daughter and 2 sons) and a husband, whom I am the primary money provider. You made me think about many factors at your visit. How we become complacent with things that we do from day to day.
I thank you for your “bionic” visit, please keep the faith going, prayers going out to help your son “deal”, and thanks again.
Roxann Van Donselaar Pipe Fitter
Very much enjoyed your visit to Paradise today. Very personable speaker — funny, relatable, motivational. God bless you and your family in this journey of life. Attitude is key, thanks for the reminder!
Thank you again for your visit at the Paradise Fossil Plant. I hope that you continue to reach and touch others and share your story. God bless you and I pray he continues to use you.
Chuck, thanks for sharing your story with us today. You made me realize how fast our lives can be changed! You made me realize how it really can effect our family. When you talked about how your daughter said she was glad it wasn’t your arms, because you can still hug her, that really hit home for me.
I have 3 kids and a wife that depends on me. I never thought about the impact that an accident could have on a family. Good luck to you and your family.
Thanks again, Dennis Shephard
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us at TVA Paradise today. You are an inspiration and caused me to take a closer look at safety in the choices I make. I will continue to remember you and your family in my prayers. May God bestoy his blessings upon you and your family.
Wonderful job and best safety meeting anyone could have. The conversation from everyone around me is how much impact your story had on us. Thanks so much!
Thank you for sharing your story at TVA Paradise. As a serious injury survivor, I honestly hope that hearing your story made people uncomfortable enough to think, and think hard – I hope they think about everything you said, because in the end, you are absolutely correct in that nothing matters outside of our wives and children. Whether we’re at home, at work, communitng, or anything else, our choices can affect others in ways we cannot possibly imagine, and that is a message that I believe everyone needs to hear – and you are obviously to me, chosen to be that voice to many. My circumstances may have been much different from yours, but the core of your message is the same, and I hope and pray that you never get discouraged in what you are doing – we’ve no way of knowing how the Almighty will use this to impact others to rethink their choices. Perhaps someone will chose a path that will save another from the consequences of their actions…only the Lord knows, so I’ll continue to trust Him, and to trust Him to continue to care for you and your family.
God Bless you.
Thank you for sharing your story with our team! Your passion, your honesty, and your dedication to helping others is obvious and greatly appreciated. Your visit will help us at Lagoon Creek to stay focused, to not take shortcuts, to watch out for each other, and to remember WHY we work safely. Thank you again!
You made me think! You’re an inspiration to us all. Everyone I talked to after your presentation at Johnsonville, felt the same way. Great job! The best of luck to you and yours.
Chuck I was in attendance at Lagoon Creek yesterday and found your message inspiring. My father works in a paper mill in New Johnsonville, Tn. and I have worked summer help there in the past. The gravity of your accident really hit home with me as I have been to similar plant sites in the past and my father continues to on a daily basis. Thank you for your message and keep doing what you are doing. Don’t worry about how you convey your message, just keep it up. Thank you for myself and my family.
Chancey M. Turner LCC CCOTT
Thanks you for coming to our mill and sharing your story. I have always known that safety impacted others, but your story on how it affected your family gave me a new perspective. Thanks you for such an inspiring and heartfelt message and don’t ever doubt that your story does not make a impact. Blessing on you and your family.
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you sharing your story with all the folks at the Johnsonville Fossil Plant. I knew what an impact you presentation had on me but when I looked out across the room at everyone elses face I was able to see what a powerful connection you had made with everyone there. I have no doubt that you and your message are changing the way people think and work both on and off the job.
Thanks Chuck for coming to Jville TVA you are a living inspiration and godly believer.We respect and appreciate your testimony that you shared.It opened our eyes to our jobs and our family. We hope to be a better example as you are Thanks for coming and sharing
Thank you for coming to TVA Johnsonville to share your story. It illustrates the importance of taking our own safety and that of our peers personally in a way that no safety briefing could. It is a very moving and emotional story that I am sure is still difficult for you to tell, but take heart in knowing that you are changing safety cultures for the better everywhere you speak. God is truly using you in a powerful way.
I had the pleasure of hearing your message several times at Sequoyah and every time you talked about your daughter it brought a tear to my eye. You are right- we are more valuable to our family than our paycheck. That extra second or moment or hour it takes to work safe is always worth it. Thank you and please keep sharing your message!
Thank you for coming to our Mill and sharing your story with us. It puts what we do into a different perspective than we normally think about. We often don’t think about our actions in the long run when that is really all that matters. I hope that I can change the way that I do things at home and at work so that I can learn from your story. You are a great guy for doing what you do and lucky to have the strong family that you do. Best wishes in the future.
Chuck, thank you for coming to Sequoyah Nuclear Plant today to share your story. You spent most of your time describing the impact on your family as opposed to focusing on the event. This family focused approach to your story is why it hit so close to home for me. Thank you for giving us a glimpse inside your world and your family while reminding us of the importance of making safety personal and not just some slogan we say at the end of a meeting. It truly helped me internalize the possible consequences of a lapse in judgement. Your daughter’s comment about not losing your arms is a chilling reminder of just how important we are to our kids. God Bless you and your family.
Chuck Thanks for your presentation this morning at the TVA Sequoyah plant,
I can relate very closley with your accident,as I used to be employed at an door and trim factory, An 18 year old young man went to work with us. fresh out of high school, and full of life. He made a choice to ride in our conveyer belt despite the warnings, just a very few weeks of becoming a part of our crew, we missed him at break. when we went to see where he was, We found him. Strangled to death, caught in the conveyer exactly as you were, except that young life ended. Our cultures changed that day, although it was too late to save his life. So I aplouade you for your courage to live, and to share with us all your story. And I hope the people who here it will keep it as close to home as I did.
Chuck it was a privilege to see you and hear your story at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant. I will share your testimony with anyone that didn’t get to see you and will include your son, Luke, in my prayers. God performed a miracle for you and he will work a miracle for Luke. God bless you and your family. I’m guessing that there are still struggles ahead and part of my prayer will be for strength and peace for your family.
Chuck, I attended your morning meeting at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant. Having been in maintenance for 34 years all in nuclear I’ve heard a lot of safety talks. All I can say is that yours is the best that I’ve ever heard. Your passion, cander, and witt was great. I did come up and talked to you after your presentation, my words to you were inadequate. Thanks for coming, you are making a difference. What you are doing is a calling, you have the gift. Keep it going.
Absolutely the most touching speech I have witnessed. Please don’t ever stop spreading your story. Everyone needs to hear it.
Thank you so much for sharing your powerful story and turning a negative event into a positive outcome….by refocusing and engaging people to think safety first and touching other peoples’ lives. Your story is not one I will ever forget. May God bless you and keep you and your family!
Your story is truly an inspiration and a guiding light to live by each day whether at work, home or play. We don’t always know the path our lives will take, I thank you for having the humble courage to share yours. Your testimony has definitely impacted my life this day and reminds me that I should always stay focused and embrace the life I have been so gracely been given. Your story made me realize that I cannot survive on my own and that on my knees I have learned to stand. Your family will forever dawn my prayers.
Thank you for your inspirational message. I have been through 20 years of safety meeting and consider it a privilege to be able to hear your story. Never have experienced a message like the one you presented. We all get comfortable in our jobs and it masks the hazards that are present. We do things that become second nature because we have did the same motions time after time that we don’t realize the possible consequence that is there. I have always thought if something was to happen the impact it would have on our livelihood, but never realized the grieve that our family would experience. Thanks for the message and may God bless your family. And don’t change a thing please share your story to impact others.
Just wanted to take a minute to thank you for coming and speaking to our mill. Your story went through my mind all day that day at work. I think it’s great that you use you’re story to reach out to others. God bless and thanks again.
Thanks Chuck ,I enjoyed the presentation ,it made me look a safety in a whole different perspective .. Keep doing what you are doing ..
Chuck, thank-you for sharing your story with our company today. Your story has made a lasting impression on me.
Chuck, words cannot express how touching your story and your life are. I am in awe of your courage, your outlook on life, and your energy. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us here at Stevenson and truly hope it struck a deep chord with each and every one of us to take our own safety more serious and the safety of our work family. Keep up the awesome work you’re doing and God bless you.
We have always heard the old addage – God works in mysterious ways – All through your story that was what kept going through my mind. Your story is so powerful , your presentation so riveting, and your faith obviously so strong , You are making a difference in a lot of peoples lives , waking us all up to a real life story of what can happen to us at work. Thank you for that. You are a bright spot in a tragic story but God is using you to make a difference. God Bless You and your family.
Chuck I really enjoyed you presentation and your story, and it has made me think twice about Safety. Not only think about it but to be a leader in our safety program. Thanks for coming to our plant. I really enjoyed it so keep doing what your doing. I will be praying for you and your family. God Bless You.
Chuck I really enjoyed you presentation and your story, and it has made me think twice about Safety. Not only think about it but to be a leader in our safety program. Thanks for coming to our plant. I really enjoyed it so keep doing what your doing.
I recently attended the annual AF&PA Employment Law Conference and had the privilege to hear you speak and tell you amazing story. You are truly inspirational and it is easy to see that your passion for telling your story and the importance of education, commitment safety and more important, the importance you place on people is what drives you. That and the love and commitment you have to your family. It was an honor to hear you speak. Good luck and I hope I get the chance to hear you speak again.
Hi chuck let me say i found your story very inspirational . there’s no doubt that you have overcome great challenges and adversity in your life. I think your message is a good thing to anyone who’s willing to open their ears and eyes to what you are altamitly conveying.. i wish only the best for you and your family . you’re a rare breed of person but one who has others well being ahead of the grind of everyday life struggles. good luck with all you do. guy
Chuck, You did a great job of reminding us of the dangers involved with the job we do. Keep up the good work. It was an eye opener for all of us. We have all been guilty of taking short cuts for the sake of production, but after meeting you, and hearing your story, I will never put production over safety again. You are doing a great service for our industry. I believe that you have touched everyone that was in that meeting you had with us at spfiber. We will be praying for you and your family. I believe that you really need to keep having the meetings like you are doing GO CHUCK AND FAMILY FROM SPFT Dublin Ga. A-shift pulp dept. Kenny Scott, Danny Ikner, Denver Shannon, James Bridges, William Scott, Ryan gay and Steven Hodges
chuck you gave us all something to think about when it comes to putting safety first.I definitely will remember your story and the consequences that can occur when taking a shortcut when it comes to safety.,You are an excellent example of how God can take a bad situation and make good out of it..i will be praying for you and your family.
What a message! Thank you for sharing your story with us. I was very inspired by your words and commend you for overcoming your struggles in order to educate others. God bless!
SPFT, Dublin, GA
I can honestly say that I took more away from your testimony both personally and safety than any other experience I have been involved with during my 29 years of employment at SP. We are only one year apart in age and our families are very similar. Thanks for being so personal and transparent. You are truly an inspiration and I will be praying for you and your family. Best wishes in the future!
Really enjoyed the presentation. I’ve seen amputees on videos and on tv, but to actually meet one in person really brings the message closer to home. We all have taken chances that we shouldn’t taken. I think that everyone will be more thoughtful in their actions from this point on. Like you said, God was there with you. Hopefully your son will come back around the way your daughter has always been. May God bless you and your family.
My 8 yrs old was amazed by the story. He said a Boss will say go and a Leader will say let’s go. Safety will prevail if productivity is being promoted by leaders. God bless everyone. Thanks
Chuck, You did a great job of reminding us of the dangers involved with the job we do. Keep up the good work. It was an eye opener for all of us. We have all been guilty of taking short cuts for the sake of production, but after meeting you, and hearing your story, I will never put production over safety again. You are doing a great service for our industry. Thanks.
PS We are praying for you and your family.
Thanks so much for sharing your story with our company today. You really put things in perspective. We do have to be our brothers keeper. I never realized the impact that something like this would have on the entire family. i’ll pray for continued healing.
Thanks for sharing your very moving story, please continue your work I believe it connects very well with working Folks.
We will be praying for you and the family too…..
Chuck you were awesome. You shared your experience with us at the mill this morning. To everyone else: For one bad choice (his words) to have caused so much pain and anguish for him, his children, his wife, his co-workers and for it to have such a far reaching impact in areas of his life that you would never have imagined, it is eye-opening. I’ve been in the paper industry for 24 years all over southeast Georgia. His story is one that will stick with you. And he does it very well. He’s down to Earth and admittedly not a professional speaker. He just shares with you as if you sitting around Grandma’s Sunday dinner table after chicken was cleared and the apple pie was served. Safety first seems like a slogan and something we blow off as saving company’s on insurance premiums. How far that is from the truth and Chuck make’s that clear. If you want to positively impact your safety program and make your teams realize the potential impact of one second of a bad choice, ask Chuck to come and share! I won’t ever look at a piece of equipment the same. The impact on his children stuck with me the most! I have two of my own…
Ronald E. Ham
SP Fiber Technologies.
Thank you for being a ( BIG ) part of our day. Your story will stick in my mind forever. You said you were not very good at speaking in front of a lot of people. IT DONT GET ANY BETTER . Please keep on doing what you are doing. God bless. Acie
Thank you chuck Evans,
I was very touched when you told us your little girl said she was glad it wasn’t your arms, I to hug my girls each and every time I leave them. Your testimony is more Godly than about safety for how your family stood strong together and that can only be done with God’s grace and mercy. Thanks again for inspiring us to be more mindful when it comes to the work we perform.
Your family will be in our prayers
I just wanted to say “Thank You” for the presentaion you shared with me & my Huber family. I really admired the courage you showed in retelling your story. I’m sure many eyes were opened about the seriousness of locking out our equipment. May God bless you & your family.
This hit home for me . Not as much of the lock out tag out , but the impact this had on you and your family . To hear someone else talk about some of the things that I went through last year did me good . I was in a dark place for a while myself , and my wife and kids , family and co-workers helped pull me out of it . Glad you had that to .
Absolutely,,,, the very best story for a “safety day” presentation I could have ever imagined… Your story today has touched my life in ways that even you could never imagine…. I THANK YOU for bringing to me the real meaning of SAFETY…. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers…. May GOD bless you… THANK YOU
Very powerful presentation. It puts things into perspective. I think you touched people and maybe opened their eyes to the possibilities of their actions. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Chuck, I want to thank you for your message today it really touched my heart. When you hear about these accidents the first thing you think is that this will never happen to me, but it can and you are living proof of that. Thanks for telling your story and the effect it had on your life and also your families life too, you never hear about all the other people that are affected. God bless you and your family.
Reaponse from j.m huber. I appreciate your acknowledging those co workers who witness and help those involved in accidents. I have been that person before involving electric accidents, 2 of those being fatal. It does wear down a person mentally. I also appreciate your witness to faith in GOD and I will keep you and your family in prayer. Keep doing what your doing, I believe GOD has put you where he wants you to be.
Thanks for sharing your story with us today. Your story is truly one of those that will make me stop and think. We all think safety is important but just as you said we always think it will be the other guy. One second is such a small number but has so much riding on it . One step as you said can change your life for the good or bad . But also like you said life is what you make of it and that is one thing as a father I want to pass to my children . Your story will help me do that because of your positive outlook. Sorry about your accident but thanks for sharing. My prays are with you and your family.
I want to thank you for sharing your tragic experience and having the courage to stand and speak about it. It is a choice we all have done at sometime in our careers at an industry like Bowater and J M Huber. On behalf of J M Huber it was a eye opener about telling others that report to me to watch out for others and themselves. No short cuts even if it takes 15-20 minutes longer, who cares because the right decision will save many lives.
The message you shared really made an impact, especially bringing to attention the impact your accident had on your family. We take for granted alot of things and just assume that it always happens to the next guy, without realizing that we are somebody’s next guy. Thank you for taking time to share this with us and may God bless you and your family.
I would like to thank you for sharing your story with us today. Your story is very touching,educational and a eye opener. You and your story are truly a blessing. Keep up the amazing work. Job well done. Thank you.
Thanks so much for sharing your story with our company today. You really put things in perspective. We do have to be our brothers keeper. I never realized the impact that something like this would have on the entire family. i’ll pray for continued healing.
I want to thank you for doing what you do! i also want to thank you for your witness.
I really enjoyed you presentation. It really made me think on the importance of not becoming to comfortable in my daily activites no matter how frequent or safely I think I am doing them. I wish you much success and believe it is a great service you are doing.
Chuck, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your story with the Bull Run team. Two of your many excellent points really hit home for me. One, how impactful your tragic injury had on not only yourself but with your entire family. Two, how we become complacent with the danger that surrounds us every day. I received possitive feedback within the first hour after your discussion with us today. Thanks for having the courage to do what you do! I suggest every Manager, Supervisor, Foreman and Worker would be wise to introduce yourself to Chuck’s Story!
Thanks for telling us your story….it made me stop and think.
I knew enough about your presentation to know that it was powerful. But I did not know until I had the pleasure of meeting you and hearing it in person just HOW powerful it is! Thank You for bearing your soul! Only God knows the full impact that you and your family are having on others! I have committed your pray request to my daily prayer time. I am looking forward to your coming to TVA Johnsonville Fossil Plant in October!
Thanks for sharing your story with us during our Safety Leadership Meeting. Your message had a significant impact on setting the tone for our meeting and we discussed numerous examples and points from your message throughout the remainder our meeting after your presentation. There is no doubt that your heartfelt message made a real difference in opening eyes and touching hearts about the importance of safety and its impact on life, family, friends and co-workers. Your message about lessons learned from a life-changing event along with your positive attitude and energy will not be forgotten. Thank you for this experience and keep spreading the word.
WOW, what a message! I give it 5 stars. Your story will stick with me from now on. You have taken a tragic personal event that will affect you and your family forever and turned it into a powerful message that will benefit many. Please keep sharing your story because you have the ability to really influence people.
Thank you for sharing your personal triumph over a horrible accident and its affect not only on you but your family. The incident for many fades over time but the personal impact to the victim and their loved ones is forever. Your personal message shouted that loud and clear In your sincere down to earth message. “Don’t ever have the delusion that it can’t happen to you.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family everyday. We hope that you & your family can find comfort in knowing that your message has helped & saved many from the unimaginable suffering that you all have endured ….by making the right choice today & everyday when it comes to their personal safety & the safety of their fellow workers. God Bless.
I want to personally thank you for taking the time to come and speak with us this week. Your story and courage touched my heart and is truly remarkable.
Your candor and willingness to share personal details of your tragedy had a life changing impact on the team and hopefully will add the momentum needed for us to improve our program
I wish you and your family all the best on your journey
your story was a blessing to me also.Thanks for sharing it at coosa pines.praying for Luke and family.
I want to personally thank you for taking the time to come and speak with us this week. Your story and courage touched my heart and is truly remarkable.
Your candor and willingness to share personal details of your tragedy had a life changing impact on the team and hopefully will add the momentum needed for us to improve our program
I want to personally thank you for taking the time to come and visit us in our Safety leadership meeting. Your story truly touched me and had a profound impact on the entire team. Your passion and complete openness about your tragic day and its deep impact on your life was highly appreciated.
I wish you and your family all the best in your journey
I wanted to express publicly my deep gratitude for your attendance and presentation at the Tennessee Fire Training Academy. Your story, attitude and faith based training will stay with me for years to come. Such an important story and an important reminder of what matters most in life. Thank you sir for what you share and for the way it touches others. A stirring presentation that should be seen by everyone.
State Fire Marshals Office
Bomb and Arson Section
State of Tennessee
One of the most powerful presentations I have ever had the pleasure of attending. Not only was the topic and content of the presentation an eye opener, but the carriage and character of Chuck Evans makes a huge impact. In my view, Chuck didn’t lose his legs, he exchanged them for a very exceptional gift, the gift to reach people, and make them safer.
Thank you for doing what you do. I also thank you for your witness.
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us recently at Widows
Creek. I heard feedback during our Health & Safety Committee meeting
today that your visit with us was the best safety meeting we have had
here! Thank you for all you are doing to promote safety and may God
continue to bless you and your family.
I want to tell you that you really touched my heart today with your presentation! YOU REALLY HELPED ME TODAY BECAUSE I HAVE REALLY BEEN SO DEPRESSED AND SO LOW! I WANT YOU YOU TO KNOW IF NOBODY ELSE FELT ANYTHING I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN ME HOPE! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONCERN FOR YOUR FAMILY AND OTHER PEOPLE!
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOU FAMILY,
Chuck, thanks for sharing your story with us. Safety is indeed a choice that each of us makes. Your willingness to share the choice you made that day will inspire us to make the right choice everyday.
I had the opportunity to hear you speak of your experience today at Resolute Forest Products in Childersburg Alabama. I was touched by your story. My family and I will be praying for you and your family.
Chuck, I attended your presentation at Coosa Pines and it was very inspirational.I consider myself highly safety oriented and I can only hope that your speech will heighten my awareness of the value of working safely every moment of every day.Thank you for talking to us at Coosa Pines.I hope and pray that your son Luke wiil be alright soon.Again,thank you so much.
Thank you for sharing the powerful message of how personal choices lead to consequences and those consequences may be life changing not only for ourselves but for our families, co-workers, friends, and others.
Chuck, the presentations you did for the staff at the RFP Fairmont Pulp Mill were outstanding! Your story truly resonated with our employees and has been very impactful as we endeavor to continually to raise the bar for safety. The amount of positive feedback that I received was truly incredible and we are honored to have you hosted you here at our mill.
Your story was a blessing to me. Thanks for sharing it with me and our company. I work at PCA Corp., Clyattville, Ga. I have been praying for your son Luke and I will continue to call his name in prayer. God is a miracle working God as you already know. Don’t give up, He will answer your prayers. God Bless You and Your Family.
Thank you for sharing your story with our employees. You made an impact that I feel will stay with them for their entire career.
Chuck, your presentation here at PCA Valdosta Mill was incredible! We just got the mill started back up after our annual outage. We came through it without even one first aid case reported by any PCA employee. There were only five minor first aids reported for contractors, and we had over 1700 contractors in the mill. I believe the inspiration of your story played a big part in our success, and I thank you for that.
Hi chuck…i would just to thank you very much for taking the time to share your story with me at the p&g site.i must say that I got very emotional but I really realize that safety is 1st. I will have you and your lovely family in my prayers for more strength,and courage.
Chuck, your down home way of presenting established a connection with everyone up front. Your story has a message that “sticks” and touches everyone in a personal way – for work and home. Thanks again for coming to PCA-Valdosta and sharing.
I’m really impressed with the web site Chuck! We use examples from our training experience with you often. In fact, it was sort of the push we needed to pursue TOSHA VPP status. Its a long way ahead but, worth the effort! Thx DS
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