Keynote speaker announced for Annual REACH Beyond Zero Awards 2012

Stork today announced Jennifer Deeney, a leading speaker on workplace and behavioural safety, as the keynote speaker for the company’s Annual REACH Beyond Zero Awards 2012, which takes place at the Aberdeen Art Gallery on Thursday 24 May.

Stork today announced Jennifer Deeney, a leading speaker on workplace and behavioural safety, as the keynote speaker for the company’s Annual REACH Beyond Zero Awards 2012, which takes place at the Aberdeen Art Gallery on Thursday 24 May.

Jennifer is Matron for the Neonatal Unit at The Royal London NHS Trust responsible for the care of both premature and sick babies. It is a job that requires empathy and the ability to cope with the emotional highs and lows faced by the families with very young children in need of intensive medical care.

On the 8 May 2004 Jennifer married her soulmate Kieron in a church full of their closest family and friends gathered to help them celebrate their marriage. Tragically just thirteen weeks later the same people were gathered back in the same church, only this time they were there as a result of a devastating workplace accident that robbed a young couple of their future together.

Kieron’s tragic workplace accident and the painful, long term consequences for Jennifer and the loved ones he left behind is a powerful and sobering reminder of the fragility of our lives and the vital role that workplace safety plays in securing all our futures.

The loss of Kieron made Jennifer determined to use Kieron’s story to inspire workers everywhere to think again about the way they approach workplace safety. She took up employment with the HSE for 14 months to learn more about workplace law and the systems within it and has since continuously tried to increase the profile of workplace incidents.

Mike Mann, SVP – Global HSSEQ, said: “We are very pleased to have Jennifer as the keynote speaker for our REACH Beyond Zero Awards. Jennifer’s experience serves as a tragic reminder that workplace incidents can happen to anyone and that safety must be a priority at all times. Her commitment to using her personal loss to help other is inspiring and her message will have a positive impact on all those who attend.”

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