It happened in a flash. On July 19th 2009, Gabe Alvarado’s life was changed forever. He lived a happy, family-man life with a loving wife, two adorable kids and a job he really enjoyed as an industrial fireman.
But on this fateful day, a sudden explosion engulfed his body in flames. Gabe suddenly found himself fighting for his life.
What was supposed to be a routine work day turned out to be a never to forget, horrific experience.
Gabe lost half of his left arm and both ears. Third degree burns covered 60% of his body. Gabe’s chances of surviving such an incredible accident where slim to none. Doctors predicted a minimum of two year’s hospital stay. Everyone thought he would never work again, much less come out of this experience, alive.
The early morning industrial accident at the refinery in Corpus Christie, Texas, where he had been working for over 2 years, was not supposed to happen. He had taken all the proper precautions, duty fully wearing protective gear and attending regularly scheduled safety meetings.
Gabe had been doing what he understood, were all the right precautionary moves. But the unthinkable happened. He spent six months in the hospital, experiencing unbearable pain in rehabilitation and recovery. Friends, co-workers, neighbors and his entire family, stood by him as he slowly made a comeback and got back on his feet.
Gabe had been doing what he understood, were all the right precautionary moves. But the unthinkable happened.
He is now a sought after inspirational speaker, bringing messages of safety to new employees in refineries and chemical companies all over the world.
Using his experience, emotional and physical pain, plus key learnings, he delivers powerful motivational speeches to improve workplace safety. He also speaks on conquering hardships and setbacks. But his most impactful message, is the one which entices audiences to live in the now, with passion, purpose and safety consciousness.