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Equipment Operator / Safety Coordinator

Employment: Equipment Operator/Safety CoordinatorClosing Date: Until position is filled

The Town of Wembley Public Works Department is seeking applications for a full time Equipment Operator/Safety Coordinator.

This position operates Town equipment such as graders, trucks, backhoes, etc. It is responsible for the day-to-day operations of health and safety programs, including but not limited to policies, procedures, and manuals. 


The Equipment Operator/Safety Coordinator reports to the Public Works Foreman on all issues and the Public Works Foreman and CAO on Safety issues.

Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Operation of rubber-tire Backhoe, tractor with attachments, sprayers, or mower to affect weed control, auger to dig post holes, grader, gravel/plow truck, and other equipment as required
  • Responsible for maintenance and repairs of signs, culverts, riprap, beaver control, snow fence, guardrails, bridge washing, brushing, chipping, and other items associated with road upkeep
  • Contribute to road reconstruction projects including crack filling, pavement patching, screening sand and traffic control
  • Operate equipment and provide labour on re-gravelling and grading projects
  • Operate Town vehicles and machines for hauling equipment, materials and demolition materials
  • Responsible for the safe operation and minor maintenance of Town equipment
  • Ensure proper usage of Town equipment, safe loading and movement in accordance with the manufacturers specifications and the Town policies
  • Assist A.S.B. and Public Works staff by reporting weed, brushing, signage and road problems
  • Prepare all safety-related paperwork as required
  • Stay up to date with OH&S regulations
  • Implementing orientation and training with new employee hires 
  • Inspect all potentially unsafe hazards such as inspections of vehicles, operator performance, route conditions, etc.
  • Be aware of and adhere to all safety requirements and policies of the Town and Occupational Health and Safety, making recommendations for change, addition or deletions as required
  • Ensure that all town and OH&S regulations are being followed
  • Work with the town Forman to ensure all employees have and use proper PPE
  • Proper filing of all incidents/accidents reported (timely and accurately)
  • Surveying workplaces to ensure equipment and materials do not present a safety/health hazard
  • Inspecting complaints that are concerning health and safety
  • Investigating claims from employees who exercised their right to refuse dangerous work 
  • Contributing guidance around the development of health and safety practices 
  • Encouraging all staff to become involved with occupational health and safety programs and hold them accountable for partaking in unsafe measures in the workplace
  • Inspecting fatalities, injuries, and near misses create prevention plans for the future 
  • Keep written record of daily operations and prepare required and requested written reports 
  • Demonstrating the proper way of using equipment safely 
  • Ensuring contractors engaged in Town work have insurance requirements, WCB, etc. 
  • Performs additional duties and activities as needed 

Working conditions

  • Occasionally put into conflict situations in which others may become rude or unpleasant
  • Meeting strict deadlines 
  • Attendance and involvement will be necessary during evening or public meetings

Physical demands 

  • Will be subject to move about the office, handling equipment, and communicating in person or by telephone
  • This position will require someone capable of inspecting equipment and facilities
  •  This role will also require lifting heavy items, bending, squatting, kneeling, climbing to heights or working in confined spaces and lift up to 50 pounds
  • Travelling to other locations using various modes or private and commercial transportation
  • There may be long periods of standing during the duration of inspections and training


Environmental conditions  

  • May be required to walk on uneven and slippery surfaces, be exposed to all weather conditions, dust and pollen, and mechanical hazards such as construction equipment 
  • May be required to work extended hours, including evenings and weekends, and may be required to travel outside town boundaries   
  • Will encounter wet, cold, or hot environmental conditions
  • There will be a use of gloves, helmets, respirators, and other protective equipment to lessen the chance of illness and injury 

Mental Demands

  • Not being able to discuss issues and topics related to work with friends and family 
  • Required to work in occasional situations of high intensity requiring strong problem-solving skills, strategic thinking, and decisive action
  • Managing several requests and situations at one time 
  • Will manage several projects at one time and may have frequent interruptions 
  • Staff may find the environment to be busy and noisy
  • Stress may be caused by completing OH&S inspections and accidents

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work this position performs. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required by the role.

Qualifications & Requirements 


  • High School Diploma or GED is required
  • 1-2 years minimum experience as an operator or supervisor
  • Post-secondary training in supervision, safety, human resources, or related fields 
  • Has a strong knowledge of the Town of Wembley’s routes, policies, structures, etc. 
  • Knowing basic mechanical concepts is and asset for transmitting information to the maintenance department
  • Must be proficient in using Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Computer literacy skills
  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality 
  • Knowledge of provincial health and safety legislation
  • Knowledge of conducting safety training programs 
  • Familiarity with implementing policies and safe work practices 
  • Understanding accident investigations, workplace inspections, and job hazard studies are an asset


  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Capable of writing concise reports
  • Organization skills and planning skills are an asset 
  • Good judgment in making decisions
  • Ability to handle stressful client issues 
  • Demonstrated communication skills, including the ability to speak and write effectively 
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and professional development
  • The ability to manage multiple priorities 
  • Can work with minimal supervision 
  • The ability to work with other staff 
  • Self-motivated 
  • Problem-solving
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities


  • Must be able to pass a preliminary physical exam and drug screen 
  • Must be able to work weeknights and weekends 
  • Criminal Record Check
  • First Aid Certificate 
  • Class 3 drivers license with Q endorsement

Please forward your resume in confidence to:

Attention: Chris Crane

Town of Wembley, PO Box 89, 9940-101 Street, Wembley, Alberta T0H3S0

Fax: 780-766-2868


We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those considered for an interview will be contacted.