WHAT ARE THE DUTIES OF A GOOD CONSTRUCTION MANAGER?


The responsibilities of the construction manager include making sure that all work meet the right quality, cost does not overrun budget due to mistakes and the work is completed on time.

Duties of Construction manager
 · The construction manager instructs supervisiors and workers on what to do
 · Motivates supervisiors and workers to accomplish all objectives
 · Encourages teamwork spirit
· Ensure supervisiors and workers are disciplined
 · Deal with all manner of conflicts arising at the work site
 · Promote a good relationship between supervisiors, workers and general public
 · Ensure plans and schedules are adhered to by regular inspection and quality control
 · Trains and develops the workforce to meet new challenge.

Construction manager should see to it that the following facilities are available on the site:
i.     Site offices, site stores, workshops, and canteens, etc. along with the necessary furniture, ventilation, and lighting, etc.
ii.    Access to the site, as well as, various units such as site office, stores, and workshops, etc.
iii.   Adequate parking facilities, unloading platforms for incoming materials
iv.    Toilets suitably located - separate toilets for ladies
v.     Adequate supply of water for drinking, washing and construction operations
vi.    Arrangements for regular cleaning of office, stores, canteen etc
vii.   Ensure adequate safety precautions on site by:
a) Promoting safe stacking of material
b) Encouraging safe handling of material
c) Insisting on the use of protective wears like helmets, gloves, gum-boots, goggles where necessary
d) Providing fencing around excavated trenches
e) Ensuring good housekeeping on site
f) Providing first-aid box
g) Employing trained workers and operators
h) Ensuring proper maintenance of equipment
i) Providing training to workers and creating an awareness of safety among workers

The supervisor should maintain documents containing the following:
· File containing list of contact details of all persons connected to the project including details of the owner(s), officials of local authorities, Government officials, suppliers, police department etc.
· Folder for approved drawings and specifications
· Contract documents
· Construction program (e.g. in the form of bar chart)
· Files containing important letters
· Work order book
· Progress chart
· Registers for materials, use of equipment, labour employed
· Record of tests carried out on materials and works
· A general plan of work showing all work completed each day

Daily diary containing the following:
· Details of works in progress
· Notes on weather conditions
· Names of visitors
· Number of hours worked
· Details of work carried out by sub-contractors, labour contractors,
· Workers employed on work site
· Materials arrived; issued to sub-contractors, consumed on works
· Equipment details such as hours worked, fuel or power used, repairs and maintenance output etc.
· Any other relevant details.

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