Tell a story, save a life.

Personal stories have impact, and can influence decisions we make about tasking risks. The new Telling the Story Project features personal accounts of families and individuals directly affected by injuries and close calls.

The story-sharers have a common motivation: helping others learn from and avoid the same type of incident that they experienced. Their first-hand experiences raise awareness of unrealized hazards, and share lessons learned. The first set of stories address manure gases, ATVs, entanglements, falls, ladder failures, flash fires and a common cause of trauma: taking a shortcut.

The Telling the Story Project is a collaborative effort of several organizations. It’s made possible through funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program.

Pictured above is Brian Egel. At age 8, his left arm was entangled in the auger of a grinder-mixer, resulting in amputation below the shoulder. Read Brian’s story.