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.
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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