Construction Company Safety Director/Risk Manager
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Construction Company Safety Director/Risk Manager

  • By Jenna Kraeger 

A safety director is responsible for ensuring that employees and employers within an organization comply with safety programs that guide the industry in which the organization operates.

His/her job description generally entails responsibility for the safety of a workplace or organization.

The safety director can achieve his/her purpose (ensuring safety in workplaces) by coordinating, administering, and enforcing intensive training programs that are safety-related (i.e. industrial, occupational, and environmental safety).

In case of accidents within a workplace, the safety director responds by carrying out an evaluation of current modes of operation and/or practices within the organization and then recommends/proposes changes/adjustments where and when necessary.

The precise functions and type of action to be carried out by a safety director at any point in time are mainly dependent on the type of company or organization where he/she operates.

His/her work description may also involve supervising different direct reports. In doing so, he/she would have to plan work schedules and assign tasks to different personnel daily as well as potentially being assigned to project field teams.

In most cases, he/she is responsible for the establishment of policies that will help maintain a healthy workplace.

Safety directors carry out a wide range of functions in making sure that safety standards are met and adhered to at all time within any given organization/company.

  • Make sure that the entire workplace (including employees) is in compliance with industry, state, and other company-related safety guidelines or rules
  • Conduct routine safety audits/inspections as needed and/or requested
  • Carry out safety training programs for company employees on regular basis
  • Develop strategies to reduce the level of work-related accidents and/or occupational hazards
  • Direct and supervise the general safety guidelines and procedures for Christa Construction, LLC
  • Investigate accidents to find out their causes; and come up with preventive measures.
  • Monitor the daily operations of employees to make sure they follow safety policies and laws
  • Inspect, review and track organization’s equipment and machinery to make sure they are not in conditions that are not safe
  • Report back to Christa’s executive team regarding safety and risk adjustments that may be required to be made within the organization
  • Maintain/Inspect jobsite start up materials and postings as required
  • Maintain logs of Christa employee trainings, certificates, licenses and equipment that all relate to safety procedures

Requirements – Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge – for the Role of a Safety Director

Must meet the following requirements and qualifications:

  • Understand construction and what we do
  • Possession of excellent communication skills on all fronts
  • Must be a good team player/member
  • Must have good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent leadership qualities are needed
  • Possess excellent organizational and motivational skills
  • Must be someone that is very observant and always pays keen attention to details
  • Ability to conduct data analysis via the use of computer applications
  • Relevant safety certification, e.g. OSHA certifications
  • A minimum of five (5) years relevant work experience as a safety manager/director

Risk Manager Responsibilities (minimum five (5) years’ experience)

  • Identifying and analyzing various risks (e.g. business, insurance)
  • Developing risk management controls and contingency plans
  • Communicating recommendations to management
  • Understanding risk, reading owner contracts and subcontracts
  • Requesting owner and subcontractor insurance certificates
  • You should be highly perceptive and methodical. Must have experience in risk assessment and contractor’s insurance certificate review
    • Understand limits, endorsements, contract language
    •  Be able to communicate, speak the language with Insurance carriers
  • Conduct assessments to define and analyze possible risks
  • Develop risk management controls and systems
  • Design processes to eliminate or mitigate potential risks
  • Create contingency plans to manage crises
  • Evaluate existing policies and procedures to find weaknesses
  • Prepare reports and present recommendations
  • Help implement solutions and plans
  • Evaluate employees’ risk awareness and train them when necessary


  • Proven experience as a Risk Manager
  • Knowledge of risk assessment and control
  • Experience with auditing and reporting procedures
  • Familiarity with industry compliance standards and regulations (e.g. Occupational Safety and Health Act)
  • Strong computer and research skills
  • Professional Risk Manager (PRM) certification is a plus

Salary based on experience

Employment Subject to satisfactory background check