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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
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Columbus, Ohio
United States
Job Categories:
Construction Safety
Safety Manager/Coordinator: Multi-site
Industry Segments:
Forestry, Utilities
Experience level:
11-15 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Forestry Program Safety Manager

Phillips & Jordan (P&J) is a privately held, woman-owned, heavy civil and infrastructure contractor established in 1952. Our Core Values and Priorities – Integrity, Safety, Quality, and Production – guide our daily business practices. P&J is committed to a “People First Philosophy” that entails no harm to person, property, the environment, or our reputation. We focus on 3 primary service areas: Heavy Civil Construction (Power Generation, Water Resources, and Industrial & Commercial), Right-of-Way Access & Construction (Power Delivery and Pipeline Services), and Disaster Response.

P&J is a national contractor that is registered to do business in all 50 states, currently has a workforce of approximately 1,200 employees, and owns and operates an extensive fleet of heavy and specialized pieces of equipment. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, P&J maintains regional offices in California, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. At P&J, our greatest resource is our employees, and we are proud to have many second and third generation employees that have chosen to build their careers with P&J.

P&J is a proven innovator, a proven leader, and a proven solution in the industry, and we have built a reputation for taking on some of the most challenging, difficult projects and successfully completing them on, or even ahead of, schedule. P&J employs a top notch workforce, and we are always in need of new employees who are dependable professionals with experience in the construction industry. We are seeking safety conscious individuals who have a positive, can-do attitude, work well with others, and want to advance their careers.

Join the P&J team today and become a valued member of our company.

Provide overall safety management of a forestry maintenance program of work to include all pre-inspection listing and/or removal of hazard trees from start to finish for various utility clients along their existing right-of-ways. Has the ultimate responsibility for the safety performance of our work on the maintenance program to ensure our team members and subcontractors go home safely each day. This shall include the management of the program safety team that will include multiple area safety supervisors and all safety technicians. Executes our Core Values and Priorities – Integrity, Safety, Quality, and Production to guide our business practices that ensures P&J is committed to a Zero Incident Philosophy of no harm to person, property, the environment, or our reputation.

The Forestry Program Safety Manager’s responsibility is daily interaction with safety professionals (P&J, consultants, and Owner), management, supervisory personnel, and craft to ensure we are implementing our safety procedures, policies, and best practices. Coordination and scheduling of existing safety manpower and logistics to ensure proper coverage on projects as needed. Responsible for following all local, county, state and federal laws and company policies related to the position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and overall responsibility for the entire utility program safety performance.
  • Maintain a professional appearance with the ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Responsible for recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, assigning and directing work, performance evaluations to include coaching and discipline, addressing complaints to resolution for all safety personnel while demonstrating positive leadership to motivate personnel and communicate with both direct reports and superiors.
  • Define problems, collect information, and establish facts to provide an appropriate resolution.
  • Build and maintain solid relationships with team members, clients, suppliers, and subcontractors.
  • Setup, organize, update, and maintain electronic and printed files of working documents.
  • Establish program safety objectives, procedures, and performance standards within the limits of the corporate policy.
  • Lead program safety meetings and generate daily, weekly, or monthly meeting documents and other deliverables.
  • Lead the safety program in the coordination and execution of annual safety training, preparing emergency action plans, completing good catch, near miss, and incident investigations and/or reports, and leading or attending daily and weekly safety meetings to ensure projects are being constructed in a safe manner to include implementing, promoting, and monitoring safety objectives.
  • Develop presentations and present information at internal and external clients’ meetings.
  • Conducts work in a safety-conscious manner as not to endanger themselves or others.
  • Coordinate with the parent company EH&S Program Director as well as the SVP of Risk regarding company programs and policies on training needs and development of the company safety program.
  • Ensure EH&S program personnel conduct daily safety inspections and audits.
  • Investigate all near misses, incidents, or injuries to identify corrective/preventative actions to include the appropriate implementation.
  • Monitor compliance of subcontractors to ensure conformity with established company safety procedures.
  • Establish programs to facilitate team member involvement in the safety program and overall increased safety awareness, interaction, and engagement from all team members.
  • Personally conduct periodic field audits to ensure safety compliance.
  • Knows and exemplifies Phillips & Jordan’s Core Values.
  • Assume additional responsibilities and duties as directed.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Manage area safety supervisors and safety technicians regarding the pre-inspection listing and clearing scopes or work regarding the forestry program operations.
  • May directly supervise up to 3 supervisors, up to 20 safety technicians or consultants along with the safety responsibility of the program operations team of up to 250 team members.


  • Knowledge of forestry, construction, transmission, and/or utility work.
  • Ability to apply innovative and effective management techniques to maximize employee performance.
  • Thorough understanding of corporate and industry practices, processes, standards and activities.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Effective communication (oral, written, presentation, listening).
  • Effective motivational and supervisory skills.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks.
  • Expected to travel nationally.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret safety program manuals, procedures, technical specifications, drawings, and legal documents.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, subcontractors, suppliers, regulatory agencies, landowners, or members of the community.
  • Ability and willingness to manage a full program staff of EH&S professionals.
  • Consistently demonstrates strong interpersonal skills along with the influence and/or persuade others.

Education and Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree or experience in Occupational Safety and Health, Safety Management, Forestry, Forestry Operations, Construction Science, Construction Management, Construction Engineering, Business Management, Horticulture, Arboriculture, Environmental Studies, Conservation, Natural Resources, or related fields.
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant occupational safety and health experience with an emphasis on construction, utility high voltage transmission, and/or the forestry industries.
  • Completion of OSHA 500 Trainer Course for Construction required.
  • Professional certification of CSP (Certified Safety Professional) and/or CUSP (Certified Utility Safety Professional).
  • Professional certification of CTSP (Certified Treecare Safety Professional) and/or other industry recognized certifications related to our operations preferred.
  • Utility vegetation management experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations applicable to the company’s operations.
  • Advanced knowledge and skills to enforce all federal, state, local and company safety regulations required.
  • Ability to recognize hazardous situations and implement preventative and/or corrective measures.
  • Possess a valid driver's license. Must have a clean driving record in the past 36 months, as verified by a current MVR report.

Safety Considerations:
May be required to occasionally lift objects up to 80 pounds. Must practice good back posture and ergonomic principles for working in an office environment. Must wear personal protective equipment in the field to include safety glasses, boots, hard hats, gloves and similar. May be exposed to extreme heat and cold environments on a limited basis. Extended walking, climbing and use of hands and feet will be necessary. May be required to drive a company vehicle and must have a valid driver’s license and approval prior to driving a company owned or leased vehicle.

Work in a temporary office location environment with various outdoor field environments while on the program; vehicle and foot inspections of work along utility power lines; remote locations as well as urban, city environment; physical demands and travel from site to site, including: walking/hiking on various surfaces including flat, dry, wet, slippery, uneven, rough, steep terrain, hills and slopes; exposure to noise, dust, grease, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions.

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in both an office and a field environment; to walk, stand, sit, and operate a motor vehicle for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, run, crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp and make repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; carry, push and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (5 to 20 lbs.); to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; ability to verbally communicate to exchange information with public; ability to see and hear in normal range with or without correction.