Job Title

Safety Department - Accident Investigator Positions



Chicago, IL, US


Job Type

Full - Time Permanent






Position Summary


Salary to be determined by the selected candidate's experience and qualifications.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is looking to enhance their Safety Department with accident investigator positions now available. Incumbents may be assigned to any of the two investigator levels depending upon experience and proficiency. These individuals will conduct and direct accident and incident investigations of the Authority. Participates in the formulation of safety standards, procedures, and specifications including methodologies and strategies that promote safe operations and accident prevention throughout the Authority. Candidates interested in these positions must possess one or more of the requirements provided in the description below.



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Primary duties and Responsibilities


Conducts accident and field investigations in accordance with Authority and oversight agency safety standards.

  • Assists in directing accident/incident investigation scenes to ensure safety of responders and preserve evidence for collection.
  • Investigates accidents to determine causative factors.
  • Reports investigation findings and gathers information surrounding hazardous processes and procedures.
  • Collaborates with Authority personnel to identify and implement long-term solutions to systemic safety issues identified in investigations minimizing liability and preventing recurrence.

Gathers and prepares notes on investigation findings and thoroughly summarizes findings into comprehensive and succinct reports for management and oversight agencies.

Participates in the collection, monitoring, and analysis of safety performance metrics such that initiatives can be implemented to address safety concerns. Analyzes monthly employee injury on duty reports to identify and develop corrective action proposals to reduce injury rates as it relates to area of expertise. Works with data gathering and analysis teams for minimizing risk factors that contribute to accidents.

Identifies and develops requirements for post-accident examinations and investigations, including arranging test plans and leading continued investigations if necessary.

Researches and develops appropriate safety recommendations to correct hazardous or unsafe conditions using information obtained in the course of investigations, personal observations, and knowledge of current safety trends and developments.

Presents briefings and represents Authority Safety Department on accident/incident investigations internally and externally if needed.

Performs related duties as assigned. 





  • Bachelor's degree in Safety Management, Occupational Safety, Human Factors, Engineering, or a related field.
  • One (1) or more years of experience in conducting accident investigations, safety program development, risk management, or a combination of education and experience related to the position.
  • Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) training certifications (TSSP) preferred.
  • Must possess a valid Illinois driver's license.


  • Requires sitting for extended periods of time, standing, visual acumen, manual dexterity, and fingering for working with computer keyboards.
  • Demands include extensive walking (up to 3 miles at one time), sometimes on rocks and on narrow catwalks, and climbing (such as onto trains and back down and up and down ladders of various sizes).
  • Random nature of incidents leads to irregular work hours.
  • Must wear applicable restrictive personal protective equipment.


  • Working knowledge of the procedures and practices in accident investigations, industrial safety, and hazard analysis and resolution.
  • Working knowledge of electrical engineering principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of System Safety Engineering Practices.
  • Working knowledge of OSHA laws and regulations.
  • Working knowledge of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations.
  • Working knowledge of rail, bus, and van safety techniques.
  • General knowledge of loss prevention, safety management, and/or occupational health principles, methods, and techniques.
  • General knowledge of research methods and report presentation.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Good project management skills.
  • Intermediate computer and Microsoft Office skills.
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, and evaluate hazardous conditions and practices.
  • Ability to develop, implement, and evaluate hazard control designs, methods, procedures and programs.
  • Ability to interpret and apply federal regulations.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work with sensitive information while maintaining strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other Departments.