The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missourihas promoted
Brandon Anderson to vice president safety and named Doug Foley as safety consultant. The announcement was made by Leonard Toenjes, CAE, AGCMO president.
Anderson brings more than 24 years of experience in the construction industry to his new position. Prior to joining AGCMO in 2020 as safety consultant, he was employed by the Missouri Department of Transportation for 17 years, including 15 years as a lead safety instructor.
At AGCMO he develops, leads and facilitates safety training and also serves as facilitator for AGCMO’s OSHA Partnership, meeting quarterly with the area director from the St. Louis OSHA office and member companies. He also provides staffing for several AGCMO committees, including the Safety Committee, Safety Forum, Heavy Highway and Infrastructure Joint MoDOT Committee, and the Mental Health/Suicide Prevention in Construction Committee. He also is chairperson of the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumer’s Safety Committee.
Anderson is certified as an instructor in first aid, CPR and AED (both adult & pediatric) by the National Safety Council. He also is a certified instructor in fall protection, including EM385 24-hr. fall protection competent person, competent person, equipment inspector and end user, and is a certified ATSSA traffic control supervisor, just to name a few.
Doug Foley joins AGCMO from MoDOT where he has served as senior safety specialist, Southwest District since 2012. From 2007 to early 2012, he served in emergency incident response for MoDOT. Prior to that, he worked in MoDOT maintenance. Foley attended Ozarks Technical Community College and is certified by OSHA as a specialist in safety and health, and as an OSHA 500 and 501 authorized trainer, and is certified in OSHA 40 Hour HazWoper.
Foley also is certified as a CPR and first aid instructor and a 3M fall protection equipment inspector. He also holds a National TIM training certificate in traffic incident management and responder safety. Finally, he is trained in FEMA incident command structure level 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800, and hazardous materials awareness levels by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety.
“Safety and the health and wellness of our workforce have become a top priority during the pandemic,” noted Toenjes. “Brandon has contributed greatly to the growth and support for our Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Program, including our Pledge of HOPE campaign. Our 12 toolbox talks, developed with Washington University in St. Louis, our campaign materials, and approach have received national attention, with contractors from around the country asking for our assistance.
“Unfortunately, U.S. construction has one of the highest suicide rates among all professions and carries the weight of a male-dominated, ‘tough guy’ image that often prevents people from asking for help,” observed Toenjes. “COVID-19 has put additional pressure on our workers, many of whom are already coping with high physical stress, injuries, long hours and travel. Our goal is to let construction workers know it’s ok to ask for help and to place trained people on every major job site that can recognize workers who may be experiencing difficulties.”
The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the leading voice of the construction industry in Missouri, representing over 500 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties throughout Missouri. In 2020, Missouri’s chapter was named AGC of America Large Chapter of the Year.