Assistant Corporate Director- Health, Safety, Environmental

Date: Jun 9, 2021

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US

Company: RailWorks

Job ID: 8641 

RailWorks is the leading rail contractor in North America. The company specializes in rail track construction, maintenance and rehabilitation, transit systems contracting, and signals and communications. RailWorks employs approximately 3,000 people across the United States and Canada. 


**This is a remote position that can sit anywhere in the U.S. and will require travel as needed**


Position Summary 


The Assistant Corporate Director, Health, Safety and Environmental is responsible for the review, approval and enforcement of safety procedures, training, and metrics reporting. Oversees and directs all aspects of company safety programs, ensuring that safety programs are correctly administered and communicated. Strategically develops and implements safety plans, best practice procedures, develops and reports key performance indicators and enforces all safety regulations. Designs training programs and facilitates safety training for all employees. Collaborates with internal departments, contractors, vendors and business partners with the common goal of reducing workplace injuries and advancing the safety culture. This position reports directly to the Corporate Director, HSE. 


Primary/Essential Responsibilities and Duties 


  • Plans and implements safety policies and procedures in compliance with local, state and federal OSHA rules and regulations. 

  • Manage the company's drug and alcohol testing program; must be familiar with FRA drug and alcohol testing requirements.

  • Directs the strategic administration of project safety, accident, and hazard communication programs to maintain safe work environments. 

  • Determines safety needs and corrects unsafe employee activities, procedures and practices. 

  • Inspects work locations to detect existing or potential accident and health hazards.  

  • Documents unsafe conditions, safety hazards and health hazards, determines corrective or preventative measures where indicated, and follows up to ensure measures have been implemented. 

  • Oversees evaluations of contractors’ safety programs and policies; recommends changes and oversees implementation of changes. 

  • Leads investigations of accidents and injuries through employee interviews, equipment inspections and site inspections, carefully reviewing the integrity of personal protective equipment, materials and job-site specific gear.   

  • Oversees regular worksite safety training for all employees; oversees training for hourly labor, foremen, supervisors and local managers in work site safety practices, fire prevention and correct handling techniques for toxins, equipment and other materials. 

  • Works closely with risk management and the company’s insurance carrier to strategically implement programs to reduce employee lost time. 


General/Other Responsibilities and Duties 


  • Prepares materials and evidence for company use in hearings, lawsuits and insurance investigations. 

  • Ensures that all required records and reports are complete, accurate and correctly submitted to comply with all internal processes and comply with all local, state and federal regulations. 

  • Hires, trains, and manages performance of staff. 

  • Maintains safety files and records.  

  • Prepares and arranges safety exhibits and material for display at industry conferences and exhibitions. 


Required Skills and Qualifications  


  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in safety positions in the construction industry. Railroad construction safety experience preferred. 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety & Health or related field. 

  • CSP or Professional Safety License or Certification Desired 

  • Familiar with FRA Regulation 49 CFR 219 

  • Knowledge of and experience with OSHA rules, regulations and reporting processes and procedures. 

  • Ability to exercise good business judgment and common sense when making recommendations and decisions. 

  • Ability to effectively manage, lead and motivate staff. 

  • Ability to multi-task in an environment where numerous tasks and projects are occurring simultaneously. 

  • Ability to meet deadlines in short time frames. 

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to write effective reports. 

  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to interact and with all levels of the company at field sites and offices, and effectively deal with vendors, customers and regulatory agencies. 

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite. 


Physical Requirements and Working Conditions 


  • Generally works indoors, with some onsite/outdoor work. 

  • Frequently sits, stands, walks, reads, writes and uses a computer keyboard. 

  • When visiting project sites, stands and walks and may climb, balance, stoop, or crouch while negotiating work areas under construction.  

  • May be exposed to harsh weather conditions including very hot and very cold weather. 

  • May be exposed to loud noise. 


As a US Department of Transportation contractor, RailWorks is required to comply with all current Federal DOT regulations, including drug testing.  At this time, Federal DOT drug tests do not allow for the use of marijuana, even in states that allow medical and/or recreational use. Accordingly, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test that includes marijuana prior to being hired.


This job description is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position.  There may be unplanned activities and other duties as assigned. 

RailWorks Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment with RailWorks without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis