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The site foreman is a key member of the contractor team, responsible for organising construction on site. They perform a pivotal role in the success of a project.
Typically the foreman is an experienced construction worker, often specialising in a particular trade. One of the most important facets of the job is to ensure the health and safety of all personnel on the site.
 Key duties
The site foreman will often undertake the following duties:
- Organising tools, machinery, materials and contractors.
- Supervising construction activities.
- Identifying materials and equipment that may be required to complete the job.
- Ensuring construction is carried out accurately, following plans and specifications.
- Ensuring that contractor activities are co-ordinated.
- Ensuring that tasks are completed on time and to required quality standards.
- Responsibility for health and safety.
- Communicating project progress to key stakeholders, such as the client, architects, engineers, planners, surveyors and so on.
- Training other employees.
- Maintaining detailed and accurate site reports.
 Skills and experience
A site foreman will require skills and experience including:
- Ability to work to tight deadlines and budgets.
- Good communication and team working skills.
- Ability to build relationships across a wide range of professional levels.
- Understanding of the Building Regulations.
- First Aid certificates.
- Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) holder.
- Site Supervisor’s Safety Training Scheme (SSTS) or Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS).
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- Clerk of works.
- Commercial manager.
- Considerate Constructors Scheme.
- Construction progress meeting.
- Contract administrator.
- Health and safety inspector.
- Principal contractor.
- Quality control.
- Site induction.
- Site inspection.
- Site inspector.
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