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Back Protection Agent story – Jennifer Furrow

We are pleased to introduce you to our Back Protection Agent of the Month for January, Jennifer Furrow.

An employee with McCain Foods since 2004, Jen’s passion for health and safety was a key factor in her promotion to safety coach at the Florenceville french fry plant last March. In this capacity, she manages the plant’s safety program and ensures her colleagues complete their safety training. She is also tasked with continuous improvement in the plant health and safety programs.

After hearing about the Protecting Backs at Work campaign while attending our health and safety conference last November, the Woodstock native said she left with a few ideas to incorporate into her work plans.  

Jen Furrow
Jen Furrow has been named WorkSafeNB's Back Protection Agent of the Month for January.

“The great thing about this campaign is its simplicity and the fact it speaks to just about every worker in the province. As a result, we’ve organized ergonomic training for our JHSC members and encouraged ergonomic information as part of daily safety talks,” she said.

Jen also explained that the campaign is a natural extension of one of McCain’s safety principles, "Nothing you do is worth getting hurt for," which includes the thousands of movements workers make every day without realizing. In a workplace where lifting, reaching and repetitive motions are the norm, basic ergonomics can serve as the building blocks to a back-friendly work environment.

“It’s all about keeping everyone comfortable while they perform their daily tasks. We aren’t all built the same so sometimes we need to get creative when it comes to keeping everyone safe.”

And while increased production and an improved bottom line are important to any organization, the mother of two said there is an even more important reason to watch each other’s backs. 

“Being safe at work means you will be able to enjoy your family when you go home. Your back is certainly worth the extra effort!”

We congratulate Jen on her efforts and hope her example will inspire others to implement back protection plans at their workplace.

To get involved, don’t delay – visit Protecting Backs at Work today!

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