Eric GiguereJune 20, 2012
Life for Eric Giguere only looked up. A capable worker with a good job and good pay, he married
on September 28, 2002. Within a week, the newlyweds would be on their honeymoon. Six days
after the wedding Eric went to work and looked forward to leaving for his honeymoon after his
shift was over. That joy never came to be.
Eric had 5 years experience as a union laborer, and was two months into his first trenching
project. The crew was installing a 12-inch water main. Eric got down into the 6.5 foot trench to
inspect the pipe, and the trench walls collapsed. He was buried under several feet of soil. Eric
panicked. He was unable to breath under the crushing weight. His fear began to subside and a
feeling of warmth and comfort overcame him. Eric was dying.
He regained consciousness in the hospital where he learned of the quick action of his team to dig
him out. The doctors told Eric he suffered permanent brain damage from the lack of oxygen.
Despite the odds against any life other than one of permanent disability, Eric never stopped
fighting to overcome what he was told was now impossible.
Eric is an average guy who had the typical attitude toward safety: “Accidents happen, but not to
me”. Until the one that nearly took his life. Now Eric’s mission in life is to make sure the
arrogance he had toward safety doesn’t become yours. His message is simple and serious, “This
can happen to you.”
Eric has consulted for many companies, such as National Grid, Thomas & Betts, NRG and Nucor Steel. He has spoken at many safety seminars including the Dival Safety Summit and the Eight Safety Seminars for Dig Safely New York. Eric relates well to the average “working man” and tells audiences
about his personal story from the heart.
Eric will be the keynote speaker at the ENERGY worldnet, Inc. 2012 Annual Conference and Expo. Register now to attend by going to the conference website: http://conference.energyworldnet.com.
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Posted on June 20, 2012 at 9:11 am
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