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After being scalped and losing his right ear in a horrific drilling accident, David Holland wants the public to know his injuries could have been prevented. "I'm just a quiet Australian, a quiet Melbournian who went to work out there...

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Dave Holland's Biography

After being scalped and losing his right ear in a horrific drilling accident, David Holland wants the public to know his injuries could have been prevented. "I'm just a quiet Australian, a quiet Melbournian who went to work out there one day. It could happen to each and every one of us,"


The 38-year-old Albert Park man had just recounted the terrifying accident that nearly took his life in 2004. The accident happened on a Braeside housing estate where he was doing soil testing work for Chadwick Group Holdings Pty Ltd.

A geotechnical soil technician was operating a drill at the Braeside housing development when his hair became caught in a rotating auger connected to the machine. Realising he had fractured his neck while freeing himself; Dave was forced to balance his head like a basketball on his index finger as he walked towards help. "I could hear a voice on a phone and I knew there was a building site close to where I was so I methodically started to walk towards it, I'm told that I covered more than 70 metres — probably the most painful exercise I will ever encounter in my existence."

"As a result of my own workplace injuries, I have a passion for improving OH&S standards and teaching healthy work practices."

Dave Holland, Dip OH&S, Grad Dip OH&S is an occupational health and safety consultant and safety motivational presenter who focuses on the physical and psychological ramifications. All of Dave's OH&S programs include individually designed training to create a positive safety culture, develop effective consultation processes and build the awareness of individual risk.

Other occupational health & safety services offered are:

• Safety culture survey focus group facilitation.
• Assistance in the design of safe systems of work.
• Design and delivery of generic compliance based OHS training.