Journeyman Lineman - Field Safety Observer, Electric Distribution (Field Based)

ERM Walnut Creek , CA 94596

Posted 2 months ago

ERM is hiring Field Safety Observers for Electric Distribution and Electrical Transmission inthe Northern California Area. This is a full-time, project-based opportunity focused on providing contractor safety management support, including: inspecting, observing, advising, and coaching related to safe work practices for contractors involved in the repair and maintenance of electric transmission and distribution infrastructure. This safety management support will focus mainly on observing and identifying safe work practices related to work around energized electric transmission and distribution lines, working at heights, fall protection, heavy equipment use and related activities.

As a Safety Observer, you will engage with client and contractor team members in the field to facilitate safe work practices, identify hazards and advise mitigations, embrace client safety culture expectations, adhere to applicable project permits, and assist contractors to maintain compliance with the client's Contractor Safety Program elements and other applicable safety regulations/requirements by local, state, and federal safety agencies. This position works to promote a safe work environment by confirming that contractors and the project team, at a minimum, clearly understand the roles and responsibilities related to their scope of work, work at heights, working around energized systems, heavy equipment safe practices, hand-held tool safety; identifying known hazards; and communicating policies, standards, and procedures applicable to the work. The role includes responsibility of timely notification to management and the safety team about any safety issues.

The below physical demands and work environment are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

  • Adequate physical ability and mobility to work in an outdoor field environment in remote locations;

  • Walking, standing and operating a motor vehicle for prolonged periods of time;

  • 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, smoke and all types of weather and temperature conditions;

  • Operate assigned field equipment, including handheld computer, smart phone, and beacon.


  • Promote safety during field activities, including repairs and maintenance of electric transmission and distribution infrastructure, work along rights-of-way and roadways, and traffic control activities.

  • Initiate and/or participate in safety kick-off, periodic or daily safety meetings with contractors.

  • Function as Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations and ordinances, including, but not limited to, DOT, EPA, OSHA, Cal/OSHA, ANSI, and CPUC.

  • Perform construction safety field observations as established by the frequency and level for each contractor and subcontractor in accordance with the contractor's client accepted site safety and project safety plans and job hazards analysis.

  • Provide on-site occupational safety support to identify, prevent, and mitigate safety risks.

  • Document and retain safety documents in accordance with client requirements.

  • Assign and/or coordinate with team members to address corrective actions, and communicate as appropriate with team members to prevent repeat occurrences.

  • Receive safety-related questions and provide reliable feedback and instruction.

  • Share safety information to all in an impactful, constructive, and results-oriented manner.

  • Communicate safety trends and recommend safety corrective actions.

  • Prepare safety observation and improvement reports to Management and/or client following an incident or high-potential consequence near miss.

  • Support compliance with applicable programs (e.g., PPE, work at height, and electric stand-off procedures).

  • Capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions that pose mitigating risk or danger to employees and the public.


  • High School Diploma or GED.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in high voltage electrical construction and/or or safety within the power utility sector.

  • Qualified electrical worker or Journeyman Lineman with pole-climbing experience is required.

  • Technical expertise including, but not limited to lifting/rigging , working from heights, heavy equipment safety, personal protective grounding, minimum approach distances.

  • Ability to wear appropriate PPE.

  • Have previous training, knowledge, or experience related to the work to be performed and knowledge of the appropriate mitigation measures for the associated hazards.

  • Familiar with Cal/OSHA safety regulations and requirements.

  • Successful candidates must pass the following pre-employment requirements prior to beginning employment: drug screen, background check.

  • Must have a valid driver's license and good driving record. Proof of current motor vehicle record will be requested.

  • Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification, or similar is a plus.

  • Specialized experience overseeing and inspecting construction contractors working near high voltage electrical power lines.

  • Have formal training to identify and mitigate hazards associated with specific high-risk activities.

Who We Are:

As the world's leading sustainability consulting firm, ERM is uniquely positioned to contribute to the environment and society through the expertise and energy of our employees worldwide. Sustainability is what we do, and is at the heart of both our service offerings and how we operate our business. ERM and our partners are driven by a dynamic vision: By 2021 we will be the clear leader in our chosen markets, we will double in value and we will deliver on our promises to our clients, our people and our investors. For our people, our vision means attracting, inspiring, developing and rewarding our people to work with the best clients and on the biggest challenges, thus creating valuable careers. We achieve our vision in a sustainable manner by maintaining and living our ERM values that include Accountability, Caring for our People, Client Focus, Collaboration, Empowerment, and Transparency.

Please submit your resume and brief cover letter. Qualified candidates will be contacted by email, and requested to complete a video questionnaire. Based on review of these responses, shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.

ERM does not accept recruiting agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, ERM employees or any other company location. ERM is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

ERM is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Thank you for your interest in ERM!

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