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Safety Speaker - Rohan Sykes

Rohan Sykes CNB Safe Speaker

A workplace accident left father-of-two Rohan Sykes in an induced coma fighting for his life with third-degree burns to 35 per cent of his body.

Rohan now shares his story motivated by the notion that ‘every worker should feel they are entitled to go to work and come home every day’.

A qualified fitter and turner, Rohan was working at a glass bottle factory in Melbourne’s west in 2011 when exposure to radiant heat from molten glass caused his upper body to catch fire.

Rohan explains what happened and how a series of communication failures made his situation even more serious and caused him to end up in an induced coma for three days and hospital for six weeks.

From beating what might have killed him, to battling the guilt of the perceived strain on his young family, to exposing the safety systems that failed him – Rohan’s biggest motivation is his family, but he now wants to ensure that no one has to experience what he has been through!

The accident caused his initial injuries but he has since undergone countless procedures including skin grafts and blood transfusions. His rehabilitation would go on for years. All the while with unwavering love and support from his wife Claire and two daughters, Zoey and Dakota, who were two years old and five months old at the time of the accident.


Rohan received permanent physical scarring as well as mental and emotional anguish including post-traumatic stress. However, he harnessed that anguish to fuel his pre-existing passion for workplace safety and form a mission to help others avoid the pain that he went through. This has led Rohan to share his story at workplaces throughout Australia.

Rohan’s story will make workplaces and individuals completely re-think the way they approach safety. Having Rohan speak at your workplace or to your group will provide an emotional insight into the devastating impact of a serious workplace incident & a breakdown of safety systems.

Read more about  Rohan’s presentation here CNBSAFE – Rohan Sykes Presentation Content

Woody catches up with Rohan: Rohan and Woody chat. 



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  • Rohan has experienced a major trauma in his life. He was able to clearly articulate the contributing factors that led to his accident and to keep his audience enthralled with the personal challenges of dealing with the impact on his life after the accident. Rohan is an excellent speaker and provides realism to the safety […]

    Russell Page ,  BWC Deputy Program Manager - Lockheed Martin
  • Rohan was great to work with and he easily engaged the audience and held their attention for the duration of his presentation. I can imagine Rohan will only improve with the more presentations he delivers and the various types of audiences he experiences. I liked Rohan’s focus of family and how such an incident impacts […]

    Sarah Barber ,  Health, Safety, & Training Compliance Coordinator - CSA Mine Glencore Cobar
  • I found the sadness, pain and guilt (for his family) quite overwhelming and confronting and Rohan’s story of recovery and strength of character is something that will stay with me for a very long time.

    Madeline Jetson ,  Defence Science and Technology Group - Scottsdale, TAS