Job Title:Deputy Director Safety-Construction
Location: Greater Boston, MA

Job Description:

Job Summary
At the MBTA, we envision a thriving region enabled by a best-in-class transit system. Our mission is to serve the public by providing safe, reliable, and accessible transportation. MBTA’s core values are built around safety, service, equity, and sustainability and each employee that works for the MBTA performs their roles based on our vision, mission, and values.The South Coast Rail (SCR) Deputy Director of Safety – Construction will provide oversight and compliance of the SCR’s Safety Management Plan and will be responsible for monitoring construction site safety activities to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations. The SCR Deputy Director of Safety – Construction will work with and report to the SCR Executive team and will also be accountable to the MBTA Director of Safety Engineering, Director of Commuter Rail Safety and MBTA Chief Safety Officer (CSO).

This position will work out of the South Coast Rail office in Bridgewater, MA and field offices in Fall River, Middleborough, New Bedford and Taunton areas.

All MBTA employees, including full-time, part-time, temporary and contract employees, and interns, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption has been filed and approved. The MBTA also strongly encourages employees to receive booster doses of the vaccine. All employees must complete a COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation Form before starting work.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Assist and support the Program Manager – SCR, Deputy Program Manager – SCR, Director of Construction – SCR; in close coordination with the Chief Safety Officer and Director of Safety Engineering and Director of Commuter Rail Safety; in the management and oversight of safety engineering programs in the realms of capital and infrastructure development and upgrades needed to conform to State and Federal Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) standards and regulations Develop and implement OHS plans, policies, rules, procedures and other written communications • Conduct daily documented inspections using MBTA software, of facilities, job sites, machinery, and safety equipment to identify and correct potential hazards, and to ensure safety regulation compliance.
• Develop and implement key safety performance indicators and measurements of the various OHS component functions and activities
• Ensure Fire Life Safety, employee and passenger safety and overall OHS compliance are considered during the design, implementation and safety certification of capital projects • Provide engineering technical support for the safety certification of new installations and construction, including start-up, testing, and activation of SCR systems
• Support the SCR OHS Steering Committee, OHS Working Group, senior leadership, management, consultants and labor to help facilitate, coordinate and execute various OHS program initiatives, efforts and compliance within the areas of workplace safety, environmental, security and system-wide accessibility
• Assist with DLS Investigations; investigating circumstances, preparing responses, and being onsite during investigation if needed.
• Provide leadership on the project and build working relationships with project staff and PM/CM safety representatives to ensure proper compliance.
• Conduct accident/incident investigations involving Authority vehicles, facilities, SCR construction sites, employees and/or equipment and assist with accident/incident development of corrective actions as required by the SCR Health and Safety Management Plan.
• Review and investigate reports on dangerous safety and health working conditions.
• Review SCR Contractor’s construction work plans & safety task analysis (STAs) for suitability and conformance to project safety expectations.
• Assist with conducting and/or coordinate training programs and develop safety procedures.
• Prepare specialized reports, including Hazard Assessments, System Safety Assessments, and Root Cause Analyzes to identify direct or contributing human, mechanical or material factors
• Supervise the review of plans, drawings, designs and specification submittals by contractors and internal departments on new or modified capital engineering infrastructure to make certain that safety requirements are properly integrated into project planning, design criteria, construction plans and specifications and subcontracts to ensure a safe operating environment
• Monitor and ensure organizational compliance with federal, state, and local applicable laws, statutes, regulations, rules, and guidelines for safety
• Assist with directing and coordinating with all Authority departments to ensure that all safety related activities conducted by the departments are performed in accordance with the Safety Plan (SP) and in compliance with applicable codes and regulations
• Work collaboratively and maintain open lines of communication with SCR Program Safety Manager and the Program Construction Team to identify and mitigate hazards, project status and prepare reports as necessary.
• Supervise the performance of consultant safety inspectors, to ensure compliance with the professional service contract.
• Coordinate with MCRR, Keolis and MBTA Operations throughout the SCR program delivery to ensure a seamless handover of the completed program for revenue service.
• Assist as requested with the maintenance of project safety documentation through eBuilder.
• Promote health and safety education, awareness, and engagement through scheduled meetings.
• Conduct project onboarding training (site orientation) for SCR Program Management Team (PMT) as requested.
• Verify Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available to all SCR PMT employees, and monitor their use of such equipment to ensure proper fit and use.
• Drive a company or personal vehicle to visit/inspect work sites and to assist at emergencies and/or events twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week.
• Perform related duties and projects as assigned.

The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and complexity of the work being performed by staff assigned to this job and do not represent an exhaustive list of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities required of staff assigned to this position. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here-in are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Minimum Requirements & Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in engineering, occupational safety and health, construction management, or related field from an accredited institution.
• Five (5) or more years of experience in safety construction on large/complex rail or heavy construction projects.
• Three (3) years of related experience in a supervisory capacity.
• Working knowledge/understanding of 49 CFR Part 659/674 (the State Safety Oversight Program) and 49 CFR Parts 200-299 (FRA Regulations)
• Must be conversant in all FRA regulations.
• Effective organizational, analytical, confidentiality, quantitative, multi-tasking and time management skills;
• Ability to demonstrate strong analytical, communication and report writing skills; including the use Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and other database applications.
• Ability to effectively communicate with regulatory agencies, community organizations and others on technical and sensitive matters.
• Ability to drive a company or personal vehicle to visit/inspect work sites and to assist at emergencies and/or events twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week.

Substitutions Include
A high school diploma or equivalent and seven (7) additional years of experience in safety construction on large/complex rail or heavy construction projects or an Associate’s degree and five (5) additional years of experience in safety construction on large/complex rail or heavy construction projects.

• Five (5) or more years of experience in safety construction on large/complex rail construction projects.
• OSHA thirty (30) hour construction (29 CFR 1926) and/or general industry (29 CFR 1910) safety certificate, relevant safety training courses such as those provided by the Transportation Safety Institute or equivalent, possession of or the ability to obtain World Safety Organization Certification or equivalent.
• Experience in the construction transportation industry within the commuter rail.
• Experience with transportation equipment, such as vehicles, track, structures, facilitates, power, signals, communication and control systems
• Familiarity with On-Board PTC Systems, Wayside Systems Interface, Communications Systems Interface, Cab Signal Systems, Back Office Train Dispatching Systems Interface, RF Network Systems, Systems Validation Testing, On Board System Elements, Wayside System Elements, Communication System Elements, Cab Signal System Elements, Back Office Train Dispatching System Elements and RF Network Elements.


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