A Highway Maintenance Safety Manager is responsible for oversight of maintenance activities in a given administrative district, including overseeing roadway repair, maintenance, and improvement projects, winter maintenance operations, and facilities and asset management. The Maintenance Safety Manager supervises maintenance staff; roadway monitoring, inspection, and permitting processes; disaster and emergency response; and roadway inspection and hazardous materials procedures. As such, execution of duties has a direct impact on the safety of both maintenance workers and the traveling public. Maintenance Safety Managers provide leadership on road safety promotion by means of maintenance activities and practices. Safety-related competencies include knowledge of systemic safety principles to assess risk, develop safety plans, and promote, implement, and evaluate maintenance impact on road user safety.
Other responsibilities typically include:
- Identify hazards and control measures for maintenance activities.
- Develop incident management and other safety plans based on risk assessment, incorporating knowledge of safety regulations and compliance measures.
- Ensure effective traffic control techniques are in place to safeguard workers and those passing through a work zone or site during maintenance activities.
- Implement effective road safety countermeasures through maintenance activities.
- Ensure maintenance staff are able to identify, report, and/or remediate road safety deficiencies.
- Promote a positive organizational safety culture.