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Theo Venter

Theo Venter

Theo Venter’s workplace accident is extremely hard hitting with a very personal and very powerful safety message. Theo's presentation reflects on the day he was electrocuted by 22,000 volts of electricity whilst working on live power...

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Theo Venter Travels from WA
Fee Range: .Up to $5000

Theo Venter's Biography


Theo Venter was an electrical lines man and has worked in the high voltage trade for the last 23 years.

After leaving his home country South Africa, Theo; his wife and three children immigrated to Australia where his trade was in high demand. Soon after his arrival in Australia Theo started work as a contractor working on a major electricity network.

Theo’s story revolves around the day he thought was going to be ‘Just another day!’

On “just another day,” he was asked by his employer to repair a power pole which had been hit by lightning. He was having trouble loosening a nut on the pole and decided to remove his gloves. At this point, an insulator fell and when trying to catch it, Theo’s hand hit the 22,000 volt power line.

Theo faced a true fight to survive – no-one had ever survived a 22,000 volt electrical accident while working on overhead lines before, and the impact wasn’t just physical. He also had to cope with depression and thoughts of suicide.

Fortunately, he was able to fight back and relearn how to do everyday tasks that the rest of us take for granted.

Theo’s story is one of courage, determination and brutal honesty. Theo’s presentation is a plea for all workers in high risk and low risk areas to follow critical work place procedures and personal protective equipment requirements whilst carrying out daily work tasks.

Theo and his story have touched the hearts of many Mines, Electrical, Live Line Workers and many other Resource and Business Sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand and Africa.