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Candace Carnahan speaks on workplace safety to high school students

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TOOMBS CO., GA (WTOC) -

Tuesday, a young woman who suffered permanent injury brought her lesson to hundreds of high school students in Toombs and Jeff Davis counties.

She lost her leg in a factory where she worked.

Young people all-too-often have the attitude "it can't happen to me" when it comes to workplace mishaps and injuries. But the woman speaking at Toombs County High hopes to change that belief.

Candace Carnahan knows firsthand what can happen. She wasn't much older than these high schoolers when she worked a paper mill job in Canada in between college terms.

She told the students how she innocently walked over a conveyor belt just like everyone did every day. But she held up her prosthetic leg to show what happened when she fell and lost part of her left leg.

"You don't wake up one morning and think today my life changes forever. But every day we hear about people injured or killed in the workplace,” said Carnahan.

She told these students they can face an even greater risk in their part-time jobs and they should not trust co-workers who suggest safety shortcuts.

Carnahan now travels the United States and Canada to speak to corporate managers about workplace conditions. She urged these students to know safety guidelines wherever they work.

"The young workers and the new workers are the people at most risk - combine those and it puts them in the highest bracket for injury,” Carnahan said.

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