Construction foreman

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Tea factory in Chakva. Chinese foreman Lau-Dzhen-Dzhau. 1905.

A construction foreman is the worker or tradesman who is in charge of a construction crew. This role is generally assumed by a senior worker.

Duties and functions[edit]

Normally the foreman is a construction worker with many years of experience in a particular trade who is charged with organizing the overall construction of a particular project for a particular contractor. Typically the foreman is a person with specialist knowledge of a given trade who has moved into the position and is now focused on an overall management of his trade on the job site. He is responsible for providing proper documentation to his workers so they can proceed with tasks. Not to be confused with a Project Manager, Project Supervisor, Superintendent, General Foreman, or a "Firstman".

A good foreman is said by many engineers to be the keystone of their projects.

Specifically, a foreman may train employees under his or her supervision, ensure appropriate use of equipment by employees, communicate progress on the project to a supervisor and maintain the employee schedule.[1] Foremen may also arrange for materials to be at the construction site and evaluate plans for each construction job.[2]


  1. ^ "Foreman" (PDF). Job Description. City of Council Bluffs, IA. 
  2. ^ Cheung, Zin. "Keys to Success and Safety for the Construction Foreman: An Ergonomic Approach to Cost Reduction" (PDF). Online pamphlet. California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Retrieved April 16, 2011. 

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