System Safety Specialist

Jan 10, 2020

Location Boston, MA

The System Safety Specialist will be responsible for the performance of safety hazard analyses, project oversight, incident investigations, and infrastructure project certifications. Additionally, responsibilities will include the implementation, oversight and enforcement of workplace safety programs and regulations.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Perform inspections of construction sites, participate in project meetings, and complete safety certifications of infrastructure projects.
  • Prepare specialized accident/incident reports and corrective action plans as required by the MBTA Safety Plan and in accordance with the State Safety Oversight program and OSHA Standards, as required by regulations, rules, and procedures.
  • Work collaboratively with MBTA managers, supervisors, and employees to identify and mitigate hazards in a timely manner.
  • Represent MBTA Safety on task forces and committees established to address safety, passenger needs, and other topics relevant to Authority goals.
  • Assist with the investigation and report writing of incidents including derailments, overhead catenary system damage, vehicle collisions, smoke/fire events, etc.
  • Evaluate new and existing project plans, as part of the MBTA’s Management of Change Program.
  • Work closely with field representatives from the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to resolve identified safety issues.
  • Provide workplace safety oversight and implement safety programs and bulletins to comply with Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS) and US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and standards.
  • Drive a company or personal vehicle to visit/inspect work sites and to assist at emergencies and/or events, as needed.
  • Participate in the review of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as other related safety equipment.
  • Participate in and provide training, coaching, and education of MBTA employees, MBTA Safety staff, industry, contractors, and patrons, as appropriate.
  • Review and evaluate hazard reports and safety hotline concerns submitted by MBTA customers and employees.
  • Respond to each inquiry, whether from a customer, vendor or co-worker in a courteous and professional manner consistent with the Authority’s customer service quality standard.
  • Perform night and weekend Safety Duty Response in rotation with other Safety staff. Respond either directly or through others, to emergencies twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week.
  • Adhere to the rules, regulations, collective bargaining agreements (if applicable) and policies of the Authority including the EEO, Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment and Anti-Retaliation policies.
  • Perform related duties and projects as assigned.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Four (4) years of relevant experience in construction safety.
  • Documented relevant safety training courses such as those provided by the Transportation Safety Institute, National Transit Institute, OSHA, or equivalent.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Effective organizational, analytical, multi-tasking, time management and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong analytical, communication and report writing skills
  • The ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Database applications.
  • The ability to pass background screenings and the MBTA’s medical requirements, including a physical examination and drug and alcohol screening.
  • The ability to effectively communicate with regulatory agencies, community organizations, and others on technical and sensitive matters.
  • Ability to provide internal and external customers with courteous and professional customer experience.
  • A satisfactory work record for the two (2) years immediately prior to the closing date of this posting, including overall employment, job performance, discipline and safety records (infractions and/or offenses occurring after the closing of the posting and before the filling of a vacancy may preclude a candidate from consideration for selection).
  • The ability to work any and all shifts and/or locations as assigned or directed.
  • Availability to work twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week.
  • The ability to work with a diverse workforce.

Substitutions Include

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Structural, or Civil Engineering may be substituted for the work experience requirement.
  • A High School Diploma or equivalent from an accredited institution with the ability to comprehend, communicate and respond to instructions, orders, signs, notices, inquiries, etc. in English and seven (7) years of relevant experience may be substituted for the required degree.

Preferences Include

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Urban Planning, Safety or related field from an accredited institution.
  • Experience working in transportation, safety, or related field; and candidates demonstrating an understanding of OSHA/DLS Regulations, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and/or DPU regulations, knowledge of American ·Public Transportation Association (APTA) standards, and/or experience conducting training.