Satterfield & Pontikes Construction (S&P) has appointed Cody Simmons as its new Director of Safety. With more than 20 years of experience in Fire/EMS operations and 13 years of experience in Occupational Safety and Health management across multiple industries, Simmons is a recognized leader. Simmons will assume the role of Director of Safety, filling the vacancy left by the unexpected passing of S&P veteran Ralph Bradley, who was also a well-respected safety professional in the industry.
Simmons, a specialist in risk assessment, mitigation and case/claims management, comes to S&P with 6 years of large-scale construction expertise that includes healthcare facilities, education, marine, and civil projects. Simmons also provided Safety, Health, and Environmental training and consulting services to the oil and gas industry.
While Simmons pledges to honor the prior legacy of safety, he plans to grow the organization into the next phase of innovation. “My approach centers around the growth and development of our employees,” commented Simmons. “It’s far more than compliance checklists and PPE requirements. True occupational safety and health becomes who you are as a professional, regardless of your job. There are safety programs, and then there are safety cultures. Safety Programs end at ‘the gate,’ but if you can foster a true safety culture, that standard of excellence is taken with you no matter where you go.”
Simmons currently holds multiple professional certifications in occupational safety and health, licenses in Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services, and is a designated Field Training Officer. He has undergraduate degrees in Occupational Safety and Health and an MA in Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Development.
Throughout his career, Simmons has held leadership roles within the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Distribution Contractors Association. He was recently awarded the 2021 Ray Lambright Award for Safety Excellence Safety Director of the Year honor by Associated General Contractors Houston.
“Cody has first-hand expertise in safety and risk assessment protocols, ensuring that our safety culture will continue to strengthen and that we protect our people and minimize risks in the field,” says Nic Flannery, S&P’s Vice President, Risk Management. “It was important to us to find someone to fill the position left vacant by Ralph Bradley and to not only carry on his legacy, but to also be capable of forging their own. Cody is exactly the right man for this job.”