Waste Management Safety Manager, Civil Construction in United States

Safety Manager Job Description

Waste Management (WM), a Fortune 250 company, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the company operates waste services facilities throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Waste Management expertly operates 390 collection operations, 310 transfer stations, 267 landfill disposal sites, 17 waste-to-energy plants, 120 recycling facilities, 36 organic processing facilities and 137 landfill-gas-to-energy projects. The company proudly offers its full range of environmental services to nearly 21 million residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers.

Though large in scale, Waste Management tailors its services to each customer group and to local communities to ensure timely, effective response to customer needs. Waste Management is strongly committed to the safe and responsible management of waste, working diligently to ensure regulatory compliance and protection of human health and the environment.

Job Summary:

This position will coordinate and administer the overall project safety program for a specific work site. The Safety Manager works closely with Project Team and coordinates with the Corporate Safety Director to ensure a safe work environment that is consistent with the company’s Safety Culture.

What Experience we are looking for:

  • Civil construction background with experience in the following;

  • Working with coal combustion residuals (CCR’s)

  • Dredging, slope work, saturated materials

  • Heavy equipment operation, equipment setbacks and best practices

  • Prior project experience in the following;

  • Large-scale remedial activity

  • Landfill construction, operation and closure

  • Dewatering of ash

  • Impoundment closures

  • Excavation

  • Fall Protection

Desired Certification and Training

  • OSHA 30-Hour Training for the Construction Industry

  • OSHA 510 or OSHA 500

  • HAZWOPER cert

  • MSHA training

  • Qualified Heavy Equipment Operator Trainer

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains open and proactive communications with the project team, field staff, and others in all areas pertaining to safety. Serves in a safety leadership capacity by providing timely guidance and direction where appropriate.

  • Develops safety training plans and facilitates safety training.

  • Ability to plan, design, execute, and facilitate ongoing proactive communication programs, including (but not limited to) tool box talks and lunch-n-learns.

  • Able to develop site specific safety plans of work with project management teams.

  • Proficient in routinely conducting on-site field safety audits and review of individual safe work practices. Skilled at hazard recognition, identifying potential problems, and practiced at professional intervention. Able to disseminate information and recommend improvements.

  • Ensure all subcontractors are in complete compliance with safety codes, regulations, and contracts.

  • Drafts and recommends safety policy and procedures as appropriate.

  • Conducting incident and accident investigations

  • Natural ability to calmly react to and handle unplanned circumstances thoughtfully and to resolution while communicating to others as may be appropriate for each situation.

  • Maintains thorough knowledge of OSHA safety regulations and requirements. Proactively stays abreast of changing and/or evolving safety matters, trends and legislation.

Duties include:

  • Perform Safety Inspections

  • Conducting incident and accident investigations

  • Safety Orientations

  • Daily Documented Inspections

  • Daily Safety Audits

  • Field Staff Management

  • Hazard Assessments

  • Coordinate and lead Site Safety Team activities

Percentage of Time Spent:

  • Safety Inspections / Field Observation – 60%

  • Training / Coaching / Mentoring – 20%

  • Client/Customer Meetings – 10%

  • Administrative 10%

Leadership & Communication Skills

  • Effectively manages problem prevention strategies to limit reactionary practices

  • Ability to effectively influence an organization at all levels to achieve safety performance standards developed by the Company

  • Ensures project safety goals and expectations are realistic, achievable, and revisited/revised at appropriate times during the life of the project

  • Clearly defines goals, understands audiences, manages productive meetings, and manages and builds team morale

  • Ability to address an audience of various sizes and effectively communicate his/her message and ideas

  • Ability to write clear and detailed concise thoughts in a professional manner

Required Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree (accredited), or equivalent previous and seven year’s managerial experience in Construction Operations, Environmental Remediation and/or Safety.

  • Experience: Seven years of previous managerial experience in Operations and/or Safety (in addition to education requirement).

  • Strong knowledge in Safety Rules & Regulations including DOT and OSHA

  • Strong communication and leadership skills,

  • Public speaking experience

Working Conditions

  • The majority of work is completed on job sites in an office trailer or in an existing structure. Due to daily condition changes on construction projects, when employees are outside of the office trailer or structure, they must wear appropriate personal protective equipment as required by the company's safety policies and as required for weather conditions.

  • The project team and/or team member may need to move to other projected work geographic locations, if necessary.


At Waste Management, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short-Term Disability. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K, and more! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Personal Days. Please note that benefits may vary by site.

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