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Lee Shelby

Although a traumatic injury occurred resulting in the loss of both hands when Lee came in contact with 12,000 volts of electricity he never lost the will to fight and carry on with his life. Lee lived to tell his story and knew from day one in the burn unit when his hands were amputated it was going to be a long hard uphill battle to come back, and rebuild his life but he never quit or gave up. Shelby’s experience with a work-related accident has the ability to deeply impact an audience and is ideal for safety training. Lee Shelby is a an authorized OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Trainer and a Certified Arc Flash Trainer

Lee Shelby’s story about a work-related accident has the ability to deeply impact an audience and is ideal for inspirational, motivational and safety awareness speaking engagements. If you have ever sat through safety meeting at your work you will see demonstrations and videos on safety procedure but Lee will cause you to understand why you should listen and be responsible for yourself and your co-workers

As of today Lee has helped thousands of people understand the importance of staying focused, eliminating distractions and not taking shortcuts through his live presentations. Both he and his story are unforgettable. His words are simple, and he tells us things we think we already know, but he tells it in a way that will dramatically change our attitudes toward safety forever.

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Lee’s Story – Triumph Over Tragedy

In August of 1991, Lee Shelby was employed by a utility company in Tennessee as a power lineman and was considered to be a hard worker and good at his job ­ both by the union and management.

On that Monday morning Lee made a decision that impacted his life and the lives of those around him forever. During a routine job Lee suffered an occupational injury that nearly cost him his life. Coming in contact with an energized overhead conductor, carrying approximately 12,000 volts, Lee had to have both arms amputated below the elbow. Lee spent 23 days in the Intensive Care Burn Unit. This took a tremendous toll on his family and himself.

In the blink of an eye his life changed forever. Lee is a powerful, dynamic speaker with an enthusiasm for life and the challenges it brings. Lee moves audiences through his personal story and his emphasis on taking responsibility for one’s own personal safety and the safety of those around you as he recreates every event of that day to the audience.

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I had previously worked with Lee at MLGW in the Line Department. We have kept in touch over the years, and I have always been impressed by his positive attitude. I invited him to the Tennessee Labor Management Conference last year and he was warmly received.
His message of safety and moving forward in life, no matter the obstacles, will relate to anyone. Everyone should hear Lee’s story.

-Brent Hall, IR at IBEW