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Sr. Safety Specialist


San Francisco, CA, US Lenexa, KS, US Houston, TX, US Bloomington, MN, US

Requisition ID: 159379 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Cherne District 

Department: Safety 

Market: OGC 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

At Kiewit, one of our guiding principles on every projects and in every office is, “Nobody Gets Hurt” and we’re currently looking for a Safety Specialist who will create, support and audit our programs which reinforce our commitment to safety.

As a Sr. Safety Specialist, you’ll be part of a team implementing and overseeing the Project Safety Program. You’ll be responsible for monitoring the activities of construction projects, ensuring the site’s compliance with pertinent governmental regulations, company policies and procedures. You’ll be responsible for determining the cause of unsafe conditions and injury claims through procedure, equipment, facilities inspection, and worker observation. Providing corrective action recommendations and assisting in implementing metrics for tracking and reporting on performance issues will also fall within your responsibilities. May be the sole Safety Professional on small sized project site or may Supervise lower-level Safety Professionals on mid-size projects.

District Overview

Cherne Contracting is one of Kiewit’s oldest districts. Founded in 1916. Cherne is a valuable part of Kiewit and is well known for safety and quality of execution in amazing projects within the oil, gas and chemical sectors. Alone and with other Kiewit districts through internal joint ventures, Cherne not only provides challenges but the stability and career development opportunities expected in a world-class multi-billion-dollar organization.


One of the many things that makes Kiewit’s culture unique is that we go where the work is, which exposes your career to abundant opportunities. We relocate our teams based on the work that is available, combined with the development plans, skill sets and career goals of each team member. This means your Kiewit adventure is custom-designed to meet our shared needs. 


  • Assist in planning, organizing, and implementing district Safety Programs at project sites. Implementation would include ensuring all Staff and Craft have a clear understanding of programs. Manage programs on a go forward basis addressing areas of improvement and feedback received.
  • Understand and be able to explain facts and information related to Kiewit’s Safety Program, Policies and Site-Specific Safety Plans 
  • Plan and conduct safety orientation, other safety trainings, safety tours, workplace audits and incident response as needed.
  • Coach Safety Professionals, Foreman and Craft on proper completion of Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
  • Know Life-Changing Categories, complete Safeguard Assessments and proactively intervene if you see a potential unsafe act
  • Embody the Kiewit approach to safety, being constantly aware of conditions and work practices, being empowered to stop all unsafe work when needed.
  • Support development of Safety recognition program. Administer recognition program. 
  • Engage with members of Craft Voice in Safety (CVIS) and participate in weekly meetings
  • Understands project and type of work to appropriately review hazards and provide feedback to Front Line Supervisors
  • Train, mentor and help develop new Safety Professionals to site (Safety Specialist 2, Safety Specialist 1, Interns) 


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Safety, Construction Management, or another related field and 4 years industry (Safety) experience OR 8 years industry (Safety) experience 
  • Ability to work in outdoor work environment and around large, moving equipment.
  • Willingness to relocate to project sites across the USA for an extended period of time.
  • Ability to demonstrate independent professional judgement given limited supervision 

Working Conditions

  • Fast-paced project site and project office environment
  • Working outdoors in varying ambient temperatures 
  • Must be able to interact professionally with all levels of craft, staff and management while simultaneously managing a diversified workload and challenging situations efficiently and effectively
  • Regularly sit, stand, walk and talk and listen; occasionally lift and move up objects up to 30 pounds.

Other Requirements:
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.
•    FIELD ROLES ONLY May work at various different locations and conditions may vary.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll work on at Cherne. With mechanical and heavy industrial projects across North America, you’ll be challenged and have more opportunities to grow from Day One.

At Cherne, you'll develop multidiscipline capabilities to grow your knowledge of self-performed construction services in areas like equipment, civil/structural, electrical, instrumentation and insulation work, in addition to the core mechanical services— all while helping people across the globe live better.

If you're looking for a career that can take you places, look no further.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, paid parental and maternity leave, and generous paid time off.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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