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Section Manager Safety, Health and Training

Job ID 763891536 Date posted 08/09/2020
Location : Ishpeming, MI
JobCode : 3165
Position Type : Salary

Description :

Reports to:  Area Manager, Safety

Tilden Mining Company, a subsidiary of Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., is a taconite mining and processing facility.  Our facilities located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan offer an area  with an abundance of lakes, waterfalls, parks, beaches, trail systems, reasonably priced homes, good schools and a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities such as golf, skiing, snowboarding, ATV riding, biking, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing. 

We have an immediate opening for a Mine Health and Safety Representative.  This position is located in Ishpeming, MI


Under the direction of the Area Manager of Safety:

Provides safety leadership in areas of responsibility and functions as an advanced level specialist on safety, health and training on related regulatory matters.  Formulates and implements training criteria, safety procedures, processes and programs in coordination with management. Maintains an oversight role on safety and training matters and serves as a safety, health and governmental affairs resource for the department and management.


  • Advise management and make recommendations on safety, health and training topics, including: systems and methods that prevent accidents and maintain regulatory compliance, safety policies and procedures, and Emergency Response Plans and Procedures.
  • Build strong cross-functional relationships across the organization to create awareness and gain support of safety initiatives.
  • Partner with leadership to execute and oversee health and safety improvement initiatives and policies that drive continuous improvement in Health and Safety performance.
  • Identify accident prevention loss control methods, procedures, training and programs.  Audit systems against established standards and regulatory requirements, and report on conformity.
  • Develop and implement training programs, plant specific safety standards, policies and training procedures for incorporation in operational policies of the organization.
  • Develop and distribute safety, health and training bulletins, notices and communications.
  • Participate in conducting research studies of technical safety problems. Evaluate new products, prescribe specialized equipment and training, and recommend methods.
  • Identify, appraise and evaluate accident and loss-producing conditions and practices. Compile, analyze, and interpret facility accident statistical data and prepare reports.  Review injury and illness records and history.  Identify and communicate trends.
  • Accompany federal and state inspectors.
  • Review new projects, processes, procedures and chemicals - advise and consult to ensure considerations of potential hazards on the planning, design, and installation/implementation.
  • Assist facility management with loss control, insurance audits and risk studies and advise/counsel plant management on proposed recommendations.
  • Report facility accident and loss control information to management and regulatory agencies, as required. Coordinate and communicate with plant management regarding injury case management and audit controls and work practices issues. 
  • Assist area manager in conducting investigations and provide input for reports that includes identification of root causes and corrective actions. 
  • Participate in accident investigation conferences. 
  • Review reports of injuries, property damage, occupational diseases, or public liability accidents including analysis and interpretation of relevant causative factors.  Analyze injury and treatment facts and classify accidents according to established standards.
  • Determine the need and conduct surveys to identify conditions affecting safety and health of employees.  Assure that employee exposure levels are quantified and recommend appropriate engineering controls and/or personal protective equipment.
  • Participate in Company/Union safety committee meetings and audits to identify and eliminate potential safety hazards and verify compliance with Safety and Health Rules.  Ensure that meeting minutes are completed and distributed for follow-up corrective action.
  • Coordinate, develop and implement a Contractor Safety Program at the facility level.
  • Update and maintain facility emergency notification lists and plant evacuation plans.


  • Assist the Area Manager of Safety with program development and implementation.
  • Special projects as requested or required.
  • Train others in the functions of safety and health.
  • Manage direct reports: salaried and hourly and assist with site security and medical personnel.
  • On occasion may independently be required to represent the company at state, federal and industry safety/health regulatory meetings. Some travel required.


  1. Must have knowledge of MSHA, OSHA and State Regulations.
  2. Must have knowledge and skills to develop and implement operational and maintenance training programs.
  3. Must have excellent computer skills with MS Word, MS Power Point, MS Excel and MS Outlook.
  4. People Skills – must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate, empower, and delegate.  Must be willing to promote team concepts and company policies fairly and consistently.  Must be skilled in team solving techniques.
  5. Communication Skills - must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to interact and communicate with all levels of the organization. Must be willing to challenge the status quo, identify and pursue new ideas and opportunities to improve production, safety, add value, and/or solve problems.  Must be able to effectively perform public speaking duties.
  6. Decision Making Skills – must exercise independent judgement, think logically using factual data and structure ideas to influence and motivate others.  Must make sound, timely decisions under conditions of uncertainty and risk.  Must be able to multi-task and work well under stressful conditions.
  7. Must have the ability to lead effectively using a participative management style in a team environment.
  8. High level of confidentiality is required.
  9. Must be able to meet deadlines.
  10. Must be a champion of safe production methods & ideals.  Promotes continuous improvement.
  11. Highly motivated, demonstrated positive attitude and an excellent work ethic.
  12. Excellent attendance record.
  13. Knowledge of database management is a plus.
  14. Must be organized, analytical and have the patience for attention to detail.
  15. Must be able to manage time effectively, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  16. Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  17. Technical expertise in chemical analysis, equipment and processes.
  18. Ability to perform sophisticated accident and incident investigation and maintain inspection records.


  • Education:  B.S. in Safety Engineering or equivalent.
  • Experience:  5-7 years engineering in safety field and must have knowledge of MSHA, OSHA, and Workers’ Compensation regulations.
  • Experience working in an industrial environment, preferred.
  • Experience working in a union environment is preferred. 

Who We Are

Founded in 1847, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the United States. We are a major supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry from our mines and pellet plants located in Michigan and Minnesota.

By 2020, Cliffs expects to be the sole producer of hot briquetted iron (HBI) in the Great Lakes region with the development of its first production plant in Toledo, OH. Driven by the core values of safety, social, environmental and capital stewardship, our employees endeavor to provide all stakeholders with operating and financial transparency.

Ready to seek your newest professional adventure? Explore our range of opportunities and join us at Cliffs.

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Employment Opportunities

Cleveland-Cliffs offers opportunities for high-performing individuals in a myriad of technical and professional disciplines. Whether in the field or office, Cliffs fosters an environment that empowers our employees to achieve their highest potential. Regardless of the location, employees will be presented with a challenging and rewarding environment. A competitive compensation package, opportunities for advancement and work-life balance all lead to a positive, passionate career at Cleveland-Cliffs.

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