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

Duties and functions

Normally the foreman is a
construction worker A construction worker is a worker employed in manual labour Manual labour (in British English British English (BrE) is the standard dialect of the English language English is a West Germanic languages, West Germanic language fi ...
with many years of experience in a particular
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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 or she is responsible for providing proper documentation to his workers so they can proceed with tasks. 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. Foremen may also arrange for materials to be at the construction site and evaluate plans for each construction job. Not to be confused with a
Project Manager A project manager is a professional in the field of project management Project management is the process of leading the work of a Project team, team to achieve all project goals within the given constraints. This information is usually described ...

Project Manager
, Project Supervisor, Superintendent, General Foreman, or a "Firstman".

See also

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