Forging the skills of a foreman

05/04/2017

The demand for experienced foremen has increased dramatically over the last couple of years, and as construction continues to accelerate the demand is certainly set to continue.

If you’re contemplating building up to being a foreman, here’s a summary of responsibilities and skills.

Being a foreman means being able to multitask, manage high stress situations and resolving issues efficiently. It is very important that a foreman is very aware and conversant on safety regulations and always enforces them, to ensure the safety for workers and equipment. He must also be able to manage the expenditure on the project.

A foreman usually performs many of the following tasks:

  • Attending daily briefings
  • Overseeing site operations
  • Supervising sub-contractors and other labour workers
  • Maintaining health and safety records
  • Managing plant and labour returns
  • Ordering and following up on site material deliveries

Skills

  • Ability to delegate responsibilities
  • Supervision and ability to work with teams
  • Strives to work at a high standard
  • Being detail oriented and positive
  • Effective communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Liaising with clients and co-workers
  • Planning and building maintenance
  • Stress management and problem solving
  • Good time management

The foreman ensures that the workers at a construction site are following correct work procedures and safety precautions. Incumbents are expected to assess job priorities and assign workers accordingly. They need to make sure that work is on schedule and hold meetings both with the construction crew and upper levels of management to give feedback. A certain amount of training to new employees is sometimes expected. 

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