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Utilities Service, LLC Foreperson - Union - NTS in North Brookfield, Massachusetts

Job Title: Foreperson

This position ensures the productivity of daily operations, working closely with management to determine recruiting/hiring needs, deadlines, and safety protocols to enforce among crew. The Foreperson is responsible for troubleshooting routine job site issues and engages all employees/contractors on required training, managing, and mentoring.

Nelson Tree Service provides utility companies with line clearance services, upholding a commitment to the highest standards of performance and professionalism. If this sounds like you apply today!

Nelson crews are widely heralded as among the most well-trained vegetation management specialists in the United States. At every level, Nelson’s leaders and employees know there is more to line clearance than trimming trees—there’s that whole matter of reputation.

Job Type : Full-Time +, Non-Exempt

Pay : Competitive, Hourly

Benefits:

  • Benefits Available and Vary per position and location

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Plans, coordinates, and assigns daily work for crew after receiving/interpreting orders from a General Foreperson/Line Clearance Supervisor.

  • Conducts field training/retraining, instructing crew on new or revised job units.

  • Enforces safe work practices, as experience, judgment, company policy, and OSHA specifies and conducts safety training in accordance with company policies and procedures.

  • Discusses with property owner/customer(s) issues such as obtaining access, power interruption, work to be done, responsibility for apparent damage to property; refers controversial cases to the General Foreperson.

  • Obtains oral or written permission from property owners to perform required work.

  • Promotes and maintains good customer and public relations through effective completion of assigned work and the appropriate behavior of employees on the crew.

  • May be delegated the authority to investigate incident reports, damage claims, etc., and to settle minor damage claims.

  • Maintains accurate records, timesheets and reports related to the performance of the crew operation.

  • Controls crew costs, including effective use of peoplepower, work methods, operation of equipment, etc.

  • Furnishes General Foreperson and utility representative with reports of orders completed, units of work completed, crew time, minor damage repairs and distribution, etc.

  • Periodically furnishes reports on incidents, truck breakdowns, private property damage, new employee follow –up, etc.

  • Cooperates with customers, police, and fire departments when blocking streets or driveways.

  • Sets up barriers, warning signs, flags, markers, etc., to protect employees and safeguard public from hazards. In emergency situations, determines action to be taken to eliminate hazards to life and property.

  • Inspects and makes or provides for necessary repairs to tools, truck, and other equipment.

  • Maintains good housekeeping on truck and at work location.

  • Responsible for DOT maintenance and inspection requirements on all required vehicles.

  • Keeps informed regarding new equipment, specifications, standard practices, operating procedures, and customer and company employee relations policies and practices, including EEO and AA policies. Requests repair or replacement, when necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years or older.

  • Requires the understanding of drawings and symbols representing lines, voltages, line equipment, etc.

  • Must have excellent communication and leadership skills.

  • Must have organization skills and be able to multi-task.

  • Must be capable of adjusting to field requirements and take independent action without close supervision.

  • Must be able to safely drive an approved company vehicle.

  • Must be able to work with hands above head for extended periods of time.

  • Due to the capacity of existing equipment, the weight of the employee should not exceed approximately 300 pounds.

  • Must have no fear of heights.

  • Must be willing to join local union and pay union dues.

Education & Experience

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent preferred.

Pre-Screen

  • Upon offer, employees may be required to subject and pass a pre-employment drug screen, background and/or MVR check.

License & Certifications:

  • Valid Driver's License Required.

Physical Requirements:

  • RARE (less than 10%): crawling, climbing, gripping, lifting up to 50 lbs.

  • OCCASSIONAL (up to 33%): standing, stooping, kneeling, squatting, body-twisting, sense of touch, manual dexterity, lifting over 10 lbs. to 50 lbs., reaching, range-of-motion, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, climbing ladders, climbing stairs, balancing.

  • FREQUENT (up to 66%): walking, sitting, climbing on/off truck, reading, lifting up to 10 lbs.

  • CONTINUOUS (up to 100%): speaking clearly, seeing distant, seeing, hearing-speech-range, depth-perception, color vision.

Safety

Due to the inherently dangerous nature of the industry and requirements to work with or around hazardous equipment, employees must have sufficient eyesight to judge distance/coordination of equipment and tools, be able to maintain attention and concentration for extended periods of time, be able to withstand exposure to all kinds of weather while completing work assignments, be able to wear personal protective equipment as necessary, be able to enter and exit a vehicle numerous times a day, have the endurance necessary to traverse various terrain, be capable of performing job duties throughout a standard 8- or 10-hour day, be able to communicate with others, read, write, and comprehend written/verbal job instructions and information, and communicate and handle conflict professionally.

  • Works in proximity to energized power lines.

  • Works around excessive noise from machines, chain saw, wood chipper and other equipment with hearing protection.

  • Works in all temperatures and weather and will be exposed to nature, i.e., irritating plants and biting or stinging insects, dust, etc.

  • Works at varying heights above ground and on unlevel terrain.

  • Must be able to walk, climb, and work from ladders, or at various heights, on uneven and slippery surfaces, performing mentally/physically demanding work under unfavorable weather conditions while handling equipment or material.

About Us:

At Nelson Tree Service, we protect the reputations of the utilities we serve. It is a defining component of our work, as we are the ambassadors for the utilities that entrust us with their vegetation management needs.

We know what it takes to ensure a successful outcome in any line clearance process. Property owners must be informed about the work, and our crews must operate at maximum efficiency while maintaining the highest levels of safety and quality.

Nelson personnel are provided with comprehensive customer service training and a positive work environment, which ultimately sustains our culture of excellence.

Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. Individuals with a disability who desire a reasonable accommodation should contact the ADA Coordinator at 1-800-248-8733, ext. 1339.

An Equal Opportunity Employer.

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