Lake County Safety Expo at Lakeland Community College addresses injury prevention, unsafe workplace practices

“Find a Way” was the message, if not the life lesson, greeting attendees to the Lake County Safety Expo held May 19 at Lakeland Community College.

In its fifth year, the expo serves to raise awareness and focus on prevention of workplace injuries and unsafe practices.

And if any of the nearly 300 guests thought the event was merely going to feature speakers citing statistics and incidence reports, they quickly realized the opposite when keynote speaker Brad Hurtig took to the stage.

Nearly 15 years ago, Hurtig was a junior at Fairview High School in Sherwood, Ohio, near Defiance, when he was involved in an industrial accident at a stamping factory which resulted in the amputation of both his hands. Hurtig, who’s been featured on CBS, ESPN and in The New York Times, continues to use his personal experience to emphasize the…

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