Construction Foreman

1. Responsibilities

The Foreman provides leadership and is responsible for, although not limited to:

  • Supervising & leadership
  • Ensuring the safety of crew members
  • Following OHSA guidelines
  • Planning & scheduling
  • Employee Relations
  • Productivity of crew members & quality control
  • Administration

As a key participant in the relationship with the company, other contractors, and the client, the foreman is the second management level and has a further role as a coordinating manager and client interface. The foreman has the following specific areas of responsibility:

a. Safety

The foreman must provide leadership that results in a safe work culture, is responsible and accountable for the safety of the crew under his/her direction, and must understand and accept the importance and legal liability of the role.

This includes:

  • Knowing and understanding the requirements of the OHSA
  • Knowing, understanding, communicating and ensuring compliance with the OHSA, and
    company safety policies and procedures
  • Facilitate mandatory safety tool box meetings
  • Ensuring completion of initial safety and hazard assessments
  • Participating in safety/incident investigations
  • Ensuring that vehicle and equipment checks are carried out
b. Leadership and Supervision

The foreman coordinates the crew and must understand and consistently apply the general foreman’s policies. The site foreman is required to be involved and supportive of any day to day disciplinary decisions.

This includes:

  • Communicating the job to and with the crew
  • Assigning crew tasks
  • Recognizing, addressing and resolving issues/problems among/between crew members
  • Maintaining work standards and outlining behavioral expectations to ensure crew morale and productivity
  • Applying the principles of workplace respect on site
  • Ensuring crew compliance with ABI project policies and procedures
  • Ensuring crew compliance with ABI policies and procedures
c. Planning and Scheduling

The site foreman is accountable for following project plans and schedules and ensuring that crews under his/her direction perform daily and weekly activities to meet ABI production goals.

This includes:

  • Translating general work requirements into a prioritized work plan for the crew
  • Working with the crew to overcome work challenges
  • Periodically reassess daily goals to meet forecasted production
d. Employee Relations

The foreman must champion an inclusive employee relations culture, is accountable for the
adherence to ABI policies and procedures by the crew to ensure a respectful and inclusive work

This includes:

  • Recognizing, addressing and resolving issues/problems among/between crew members
  • Promoting, supporting and facilitating teamwork and harmony between all crew members
e. Quality Control

The foreman is accountable for ensuring that the completed work meets quality standards.

This includes:

  • On-site assessment prior to commencing work to ensure that the job is ready, and addressing any concerns
  • Overseeing the execution of the work, including quality and production, ensuring that the
    crew works to job specifications and follows the plans
  • Inspecting and measuring completed work
f. Administration

The foreman is accountable for the preparation of reports as required by ABI.

This includes:

  • Maintaining site foreman’s log & site reports
  • Preparation of daily production records
  • Reporting on work progress
  • Completing MTO quality reports
  • Daily time keeping & reporting
  • Worker violation reports
  • Recommending personnel actions such as hiring, releasing, promotions and discipline
  • It is the responsibility of the foreman to cease all work when the contract quantity has been reached, and await written authorization for any work outside of or beyond the original contract.

2. Knowledge, Skills and Attitude

Knows and Understands:
  • Company and project safety programs
  • Occupational Health and Safety and environmental issues
  • Employment standards and company policies
  • How to read plans

Has the ability to:

  • Lead the crew
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing, with good comprehension
  • Coach and teach crew members
  • Apply good problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Manage differences and diversity at the work site
  • Organize and delegate work
  • Handle the administrative duties of position, including completion of required documents

3. Qualifications

  • Has 3 to 5 years experience as a qualified and competent tradesperson
  • Has a valid and clean driver’s license

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