I could have lost my life in crash, but I didn’t and I’m here
Dick is looking to the future having launched his new business D&K Welding Services, which is based in Quarrington Hill.
He has invested in welding equipment and is hoping to work with companies who have smaller or one-off orders, which larger companies wouldn’t take on.
Dick, who previously worked as a snagger on construction sites and at power stations, said: “I have never been unemployed in my life but after the crash, it was impossible for me to go back to the job I was doing as physically, I’m not able to work like I used to.
“But after I was discharged from hospital and began the long road to recovery, I knew I wanted to work, actually that I needed to for my own peace of mind.”
To start the business, Dick has invested his savings in the unit and has bought machinery and equipment.
“I am completely realistic about what I’d like to get from this – I know if I effectively manage the pain, I can work up to six hours a day,” he said.
“The next steps for me now are to undertake some training and then spread the word I’m here and no job is too small for me.”
Dick moved into the unit earlier this year and the equipment he’s invested in means he can work with both stainless steel and aluminium.
He added: “I know I shouldn’t be here. The accident was so serious I could have lost my life, but I didn’t and I’m here.
“I don’t want to sit around and feel sorry for myself or for other people to feel sorry for me. I want to work and hopefully this business enables me to do that.” Dick spent three weeks in an induced coma after the accident, which doctors said he was lucky to survive The wreckage after the accident on the A167. Both Dick’s motorbike and the other driver’s car burst into flames
Dick Allaker has recovered from life-threatening injuries to launch his new business, D&K Welding