OHS Canada Magazine

Top 10 Under 40: Meet Kody Messenger

Showcasing OHS Canada's award winners for 2020


August 21, 2020
By OHS Canada
OHS Canada
Categories
Health & Safety
Young Workers

Kody Messenger, 31, is an HSE adviser at Enger in Truro, N.S.

OHS Canada is proud to highlight 10 men and women under 40 who exemplify the best of Canada’s occupational health and safety profession.

Our Top 10 Under 40 consists of inspiring young men and women who represent every aspect of the safety sector, and love what they do.

To acknowledge and highlight each winner’s contributions, OHS Canada will feature two of our winners each week over the coming month.

Kody Messenger: HSE adviser at Enger in Truro, N.S., age 31

For Kody Messenger, safety is a family affair.

“I owe a pile of my technical safety knowledge to my dad (Neil Messenger),” he said. “The safety industry has been a bit of a family affair for quite some time.”

“Second to that, I owe my appreciation for small business and their abilities to be safe and productive to my dive boss Lenny Hart at Atlantic Sub Sea.”

Currently an HSE adviser with Enger, Messenger began his working career as a commercial diver.

“I had a pretty natural understanding of the importance of safety from that experience,” he said.

During slower periods at work, Messenger began studying safety. He soon discovered he could assist companies and workers through the bureaucracy and clutter to help them do their jobs in a better way.

“I was hooked,” said Messenger, now a CRSP.

Today, he has authored his own course material on first aid, fall protection and confined space, while also serving on various technical committees studying CSA Standards.

In 2016, he was named a safety champion by Construction Safety Nova Scotia.

“I’d have to say I’m most gratified when I help a company shed some of the weight of their safety programs and safety clutter,” he said. “It’s a great feeling to help people be operationally safer at work, while not increasing arbitrary and meaningless safety work.”