On June 26, 2020, the Port Authority of Allegheny County (Authority) Board passed a resolution authorizing the Authority’s Chief Executive Officer and/or Chief Legal Officer to enter into an agreement with K&J Safety and Security Consulting Services, Inc. The agreement is for K&J to provide professional safety consulting and safety management systems services on an as-needed basis. This agreement is for an initial three-year period, not-to-exceed $860,000 with an optional additional two-years at the discretion of the Authority.
In July 2019, K&J was tasked through an existing Safety Engineering Consulting Support Services Contract with SEPTA to perform a Road Worker Protection (RWP) program safety assessment. This executive management initiative and tasking was initiated due to a recent train strike of a two-person work gang resulting in the death of one of the SEPTA employees. This safety assessment’s major focus is to evaluate current RWP practices, rules and procedures, training, and the integration of advanced RWP warning systems.
In July 2019, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) contracted K&J to provide Safety Management System (SMS) training to the whole of BART’s Executive Management staff. This SMS training covers BART’s Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) per 49 CFR Part 673 regulatory requirements and addresses required corrective actions presented to BART by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
In July 2019, MBTA contracted through a third-party firm, which subcontracted with K&J, to perform a detailed organizational safety culture assessment. This was initiated by MBTA leadership after several derailments and near miss events that have taken place at the property over the last few years and more so, with two derailments in a 4-day period in June 2019. This assessment involves conducting interviews at all levels of the organization, evaluating how well the SMS program and ASP requirements are integrated within the organization from the executive leadership, down to all operational aspects of all modes of transportation within MBTA. […]