Dan Plexman

Dan Plexman

Thunder Bay, Ontario
Professional Safety Speaker And International Workplace Safety Expert
Dan Plexman is an International Professional Workplace Safety Expert whose mission is to keep workers safe. A preventable workplace accident changed Dan's life forever. Now, he speaks from a depth of experience. Dan Plexman worked successfully and safely as a driver, equipment operator and warehouseman in the pipeline, oil sands and general construction. In his early 30s, Dan Plexman moved into the electrical field when he began a 4-year electrical apprenticeship. He was in his 4th year of the internship when he was seriously injured on the job.
  • Health & Wellness
  • Awareness Days
  • Corporate Audience
  • Corporations & Businesses
  • Department Meeting
  • First Responders
  • Government Departments & Agencies
  • Health and Safety
  • Interactive & Experience


Dan Plexman moved into a 4-year electrical apprenticeship after years of safely working in many construction industries. He learned and worked in a lax safety culture despite trying to address safety concerns with his supervisors. One day he was seriously injured on the job.

While trying to address safety concerns with his supervisors, Dan Plexman learned and worked in a very lax safety culture during his apprenticeship. Ironically, to check off the box on the form, Dan’s General Foreman appointed him as the Safety Rep for his crew while he was still an apprentice because no one else wanted the job. Dan was told the position was strictly on paper.

Unfortunately, one day changed everything for him when he found himself working alone – again. This time he was 17 feet up in a man lift doing his final inspection when he came close to the live overhead power lines. An electrical arc flash fire resulted. The flash fire caused 3 – 6 degree burns to 60% of Dan’s body before he fell 17 feet to the ground. Doctors gave him a 13% chance of surviving this preventable accident at the hospital.

Dan Plexman survived the fire, but it did not just burn his body, sentencing him to years of surgeries, medical procedures and therapy. This horrific accident also left him with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dan’s family felt the brunt of the accident, too. Their loved one was severely injured, and that changed everything.

Today, while Dan Plexman is forever a changed man, he has learned much on his road to recovery. Dan says he wouldn’t change anything about what happened to him because the experience has catalysed his personal growth and inner healing. He cites that while we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can always choose how we respond. While it’s taken many years, he has realised that this experience has made him a better person.

But Dan says people don’t need to go through something so horrific to grow. Because of this accident, he knows first-hand the severe effects this sort of thing can have on a person and their family and co-workers. Dan hopes people will learn from his experience and embrace a safe culture so no one else will suffer as he has.

Preventable accidents shouldn’t happen. Dan wants to raise awareness about the great need for well-thought-out and practised emergency rescue plans and effective work safety cultures protecting workers, their families, equipment, and companies.




Canadian Union Of Skilled Workers


Health and safety is something that needs to be taken seriously

Dan Plexman Topic Presentations

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  • Dan’s Plexman experience will illustrate the possible and often inevitable tragedies that can happen when a modern safety culture is not embraced.In Dan’s powerful presentation, he candidly shares not only the physical trauma from his severe workplace accident but also the never-ending Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    He will walk you through the sequence of events that lead to the root cause of this accident. The insights from his experience will assist your company to reduce the human and financial costs connected to any workplace accident. He will inspire your workers to create a safety culture that will prevent and protect against future injury to life, and reduce lost time injuries (LTI) and damage to property.

    Your personnel will understand the importance of:

    • Planning and preparing safe work procedures
    • Personal protection equipment (PPE)
    • Equipment and work area safety circle checks
    • Addressing peer pressure
    • Demanding personal safety


Dan Plexman is an engaging and energetic presenter; he shares his personal burn recovery journey in a frank and honest way. He is able to inspire others by offering insights into what has made him successful on his path. He will motivate you to be your best, no matter what your personal journey

Barbara-Anne Hodge

Chair, Canadian Burn Survivors Community
Canadian Burn Survivors Community

Dear Dan Plexman, I work with a Commissioning and Startup group on a major project in the Fort McMurray area. Recently we have had some LOTO issues resulting in a safety stand down to help our team of approximately 150 refocus on the importance of perfection. After reviewing our statistics and the path forward I shared your 5-minute video from After the Cocoon and it was incredible the impact it had on all levels. I wanted to thank you for sharing and from the discussions after our meeting all I can say is the impact was fantastic. Your ability to add levity to your presentation showed that you were a real person struggling with the real side of being injured. Thanks so much

Jon Mack

CSU HSE Lead - Bantrel Management Services
ConocoPhillips Surmont 2 Project

Articles & Media

Thunder Bay arm-wrestler who nearly lost both arms prepares to defend world titles in Malaysia

CBC News

From nearly losing his arms as a result of a workplace accident to becoming a world champion arm-wrestler, the last 15 years have been a wild ride for Dan Plexman of Thunder Bay, Ont. The accident happened in 2008 while Plexman was working for a hydroelectric company in Red Lake, Ont. "I was...

CBC Radio

Mary-Jean Cormier

Superior Morning with Mary-Jean Cormier - Sep. 7, 2023: Dan Plexman: Arm Wrestling


Safety In the Service Industry
Safety In the Service Industry
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