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The site foreman (also sometimes known as construction foreman) is a key member of the contractor team, responsible for organising construction works on site. They perform a pivotal role in the success of a project. One of the most important facets of the job is to ensure the health and safety of all personnel on the site.
Typically the foreman is an experienced construction worker.
 Key duties
The site foreman will undertake a range of duties:
- Organising tools, plant, machinery and materials.
- Organising workers.
- Supervising construction activities.
- Identifying materials and equipment that may be required.
- Ensuring construction is carried out accurately, following plans and specifications.
- Ensuring that contractor activities are properly co-ordinated.
- Ensuring that tasks are completed on time and to the required quality standards.
- Taking responsibility for health and safety on site.
- Training employees.
- Maintaining detailed and accurate site reports.
- Communicating project progress to key stakeholders, such as the client, architects, engineers, and so on.
 Skills and experience
A site foreman will require:
- The ability to work to tight deadlines and budgets.
- Good communication and team working skills.
- The ability to build relationships across a wide range of professionals.
- An thorough understanding of the Building Regulations.
- An understanding of health and safety and first aid.
- An appropriate Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) card.
- Site Supervisor’s Safety Training Scheme (SSTS) or Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) qualification.
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- Construction logistics manager.
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- Contract administrator.
- General foreman.
- Health and safety inspector.
- Principal contractor.
- Quality control.
- Site administrator.
- Site induction.
- Site inspection.
- Site inspector.
- Site supervisor.
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