I could have lost my life in crash, but I didn’t and I’m here

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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

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