Brad Livingston, Motivational Safety Speaker

Motivational Safety Speaker and Accident Survivor Brad Livingston – Just a second ago!

Inspirational safety speaker Brad Livingston survived back-to-back explosions while working for a natural gas pipeline company. While Brad lay on the ground expecting to die, he was amazed about 2 things. First, that ‘he’ had been involved in the explosions, because, after all, “it will never happen to me”; second, that it happened so fast – “it was just a second ago…”.

Given only a 5 percent chance of survival, Brad’s doctors considered amputating both his hands and legs. They doubted he would survive another night, but against all odds, he pulled through.

Brad credits his survival and recovery to the unwavering support of his family and friends, as well as the dedicated care from his doctors, nurses, and therapists. He feels deeply indebted to the medical professionals who treated him with such care and attention, making him feel like he was their only patient.

His tale of courage is unforgettable and leaves a lasting impact on those who hear it, influencing how they live their lives. Despite the extreme physical pain and emotional trauma he endured, Brad is grateful to be alive, a sentiment echoed by those around him.

Now, Brad shares his story to warn and protect others, aiming to prevent them from experiencing similar disasters that could affect themselves, their families, and their companies.

Brad Livingston Presentation Information

Back-to-back explosions!! 100% preventable!! “I didn’t think anything like this could ever happen to me! How long before I die?”

In his presentation, Brad Livingston explains about each of these contributing factors – Pride; Shortcuts; Attitude; Complacency, and how they have affected every day of the rest of his life, and, quite unfortunately, many other lives. These factors exist in EVERY line of work, in EVERY type of business, so it’s not the explosions that Brad addresses as much as it is the contributing factors. Brad makes it clear why you cannot allow them to be a part of your workplace.

The ‘Ripple Effect’ – Brad has a unique way of making the audience think about how their family would handle it if they were the one seriously injured, or killed. As an inspirational speaker, he makes them realize how far, how fast, and how deep that ripple effect goes. When he finishes talking about a ‘True Life’ paper his youngest daughter had to write in high school, and he continues on about a discussion he had with his middle daughter 6 years after the explosions, in which she said to him, “Dad, was I not important enough to you …..”, the audience will be thinking beyond themselves, many of them for the first time.

Brad’s desire and passion is to speak to every employee of every company BEFORE they are injured, or killed! Now, as a motivational safety speaker, Brad makes a massive contribution to changing, or strengthening, the safety culture for the companies he speaks for. Speaking on the importance of workplace safety, Brad can get the attention of every listener, from a new-hire to the 30 year veteran. The feedback he receives is proof of this.

Brad’s just another regular guy, asking – “Do you think it can’t happen to you?”


  • Brad Livingston travels the country speaking on the importance of workplace safety.
  • As a motivational safety speaker, Brad Livingston specializes in speaking on the importance of Pride; Shortcuts; Attitude; Complacency and the dangers of them on the jobsite.
  • Brad overcame a 5% chance of surviving his injuries caused by a workplace accident that was 100% preventable!

“In all my life I don’t think I ever saw 500 people sit absolutely spellbound and silent as they did in your presentation.” “Thanks again for participating in our Safety Excellence Workshop. Your heartfelt story certainly hits home. I have not ever seen some of our “manly” men cry.” “Great speaker, very touching. Makes you think a lot more about others, including your family, instead of just yourself.”

Kayla Rath, Professional Safety Speaker

Kayla Rath was nine years old when her father, Brad Livingston, was involved in two back-to-back workplace explosions. For three months, Kayla and her two sisters lived with family members while their mother sat with Brad as he fought to stay alive in a Texas hospital. The family then moved to a city over 600 miles away from home to be with their dad as he went through his months of rehabilitation.

You go to work every day expecting to come home to your family at night. But what if you don’t?  What if you take shortcuts?  What if you let pride and complacency get in the way of you safely doing your job?  You could be hurt or killed, and then what happens to your family? The people you love most; what impact do your decisions have on them?

Kayla Rath travels the country telling her story about the 100% preventable, work place accident that her father was involved in that changed the course of her life, and the lives of her entire family. From the early days after the explosions, to the effect it still has on her 27 years later, Kayla speaks to the heartache and ultimately healing that came from an unsafe act in the workplace.

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