Jen brings a fresh perspective to safety: the consequences of an accident go way beyond anything you would imagine.
Jen is most compelling when talking about her marriage to Kieron. They were young — setting up home together, married only thirteen weeks, looking forward to starting a family — when suddenly it all went wrong. Kieron went to work one day and didn’t come home.
The story of Kieron’s death in a fall at work is tragic. But the effects on his family, his friends and colleagues, and on his young wife took things to a different level. Understanding the scale of the consequences of an accident helps to make people think about safety in a new way.
After Kieron’s death Jen trained to become an HSE inspector, this gives her a unique insight on safety from both the victim’s and a safety professional’s perspective. She won a RoSPA Archangel award in 2017 for her commitment to Health and Safety awareness. Jen’s training film It Will Never Happen to Me was one of two (along with Ken Woodward’s Hindsight) used in the 2012 Olympic construction programme — the first in history to be completed without a fatal accident. As a result Jen carried the Olympic torch on its journey to London.
“All too often we don’t see the impact that accidents in the workplace can have on families and loved ones, and today you brought this to life in the most breath-taking way possible.
Your son has an amazing and inspirational mummy to look up to, and I am sure Kieron would be immensely proud of the way in which you are helping others.” Eon