December 05 2022
By: Shawn M. Galloway
Goodbye, old friend.
My wife and I joined my close and long-time friend, Kevin Henderson, and his fiancée in Bali, Indonesia to celebrate his 51st birthday. It quickly became easy to see why this island is a desired tourist destination.
The first few days, we explored waterfalls and temples, and experienced about a hundred near misses as we were driven across the island and enjoyed the local cuisine. We laughed and reminisced. Thursday, 17 November 2022, was Kevin's birthday, and one of the last things he wanted to accomplish during the trip was to make a sunrise trek up Mount Agung, an active volcano and one of the most challenging climbs in the world. The climb begins around 10pm. The summit is reached around 4am, where you prepare for the majestic sunrise. Afterward, you descend, and the trek is over around noon.
Kevin summitted Mount Agung. During the descent, high above the clouds around 1,000 feet below the summit, at 7:30am in a beautiful location, one of the holiest spots in Bali, my dear friend had an accident. He passed away, chasing his dreams below the peak of the mountain he had just conquered.
Despite our best efforts, tragedies occur more often off the job than on the job. Make sure your family, friends and coworkers know how much you value your relationships with them. I appreciate you and the time you dedicate to improving safety on and off the job more than you will ever know. Thank you.
Rest in peace, Kevin.
Shawn M. Galloway is CEO of the global consultancy ProAct Safety. He is a trusted advisor, professional keynote speaker, and author of several bestselling books on safety strategy, culture, leadership, and behavior-based safety. He is a monthly columnist for several magazines and one of the most prolific contributors in the industry, having also authored over 700 podcasts, 200 articles, and 100 videos. Shawn has received awards and recognition for his significant contributions from the American Society of Safety Professionals, National Safety Council's Top 40 Rising Stars and Top Ten Speakers, EHS Today Magazine's 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS, ISHN Magazine's POWER 101 - Leaders of the EHS World and their newest list: 50 Leaders for Today and Tomorrow, Pro-Sapien's list of The Top 11 Health and Safety Influencers and is an Avetta Distinguished Fellow.