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Thomas O’Connor, Jr. (Tom)

Corporate Safety Director, CHST, CST

Value Delivered

By making sure all jobsites are safe and all company safety policies are upheld, Tom helps avoid the lost time and increased costs that result when accidents occur. In addition to maintaining safety awareness, he oversees the development of safety materials and conducts safety training sessions for both field and office personnel. He also leads the Construction Industry 10- and 30-hour Outreach Course for internal and external customers. The result is ongoing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance, effective loss control, and optimum accident prevention that enable Shambaugh to deliver a wide array of innovative solutions consistently on time and on budget.

Expertise

Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with minors in psychology and supervision from Purdue University. He obtained his construction health and safety technician (CHST) designation from the Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists in 2004, his associate safety professional (ASP) designation from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) in 2007, and his certified safety professional (CSP) designation from the BCSP in 2009. Proficient in first aid and CPR, he has completed and kept updated the OSHA 500 Trainer Course for the Construction Industry.

Tom maintains his expertise through a variety of continuing educational programs, which have included the Crosby Rigging Seminar, the Associated General Contractors of Indiana (AGCI) Scaffold Standards Seminar, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Powered Industrial Truck Seminar, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) National Labor Negotiation Seminar, and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce OSHA Record-Keeping Seminar. Additionally, he has attended various professional events, such as the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the National Safety Council’s professional development conferences. He has also participated in the University of Wisconsin Ammonia Refrigeration System Safety Course, the American Red Cross Preventing Disease Transmission Course, and the Upright Company Aerial Lift Safety Train-the-Trainer School. He has taken emergency responder, incident commander, and confined space entry training. An MCAA national convention attendee, he was an American Medical Gas Institute proctor.

Tom is a member of the ASSE, Construction Division, Anthony Wayne Chapter, the National Safety Council, the Indiana Construction Association Safety Committee and the Construction Coalition for Safety. He served for four years as chairman of the Building Contractors Association Safety Committee.

The Personal Side

Married with three children, Tom enjoys camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, fishing, and boating. He has also volunteered as a Little League Coach and a Cub Scout/Webelos Den Leader.