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close this bookSpecial Public Works Programmes - SPWP - Anti-Erosion Ditches - Training Element and Technical Guide for SPWP Workers, Booklet No. 1 (ILO - UNDP, 84 p.)
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4.1 Good management of the workers

Erosion control works undertaken within the scope of SPWPs are of direct benefit to the community. The works must be carried out correctly and overseen by skilled supervisors who will be able to give the benefit of their knowledge and experience to the groups of farmers or villages concerned in the works.

An anti-erosion construction site comprises:

- a site foreman;
- gang foremen;
- unskilled workers.

(1 gang foreman is assigned to every 20 to 30 workers.)

The site foreman is responsible for the siting of the ditches. In addition, he supervises the entire worksite and makes sure the work is carried out properly and in compliance with safety regulations.

Before work is commenced, the site foreman and gang foremen clearly explain to the workers the different aspects of the task that lies ahead.

During the course of the work, the workers are free to ask questions and make suggestions with a view to improving the constructions.

On site, a choice of two forms of remuneration may be offered:

- daily rate;
- piecework rate.

The piecework rate applies when a worker is paid for a clearly-defined amount of work or "task". The worker is paid upon completion of the task, regardless of time taken. The piecework rate system is well-adapted to ditch construction.

SITE FOREMAN

SURVEYING TEAM

1 GANG FOREMAN
Workers trained in the making of posts
Workers trained in surveying

TERRACING TEAM

1 GANG FOREMAN
20 to 30 workers

BACK-UP TEAM

Transport of water
Repair of tools

PLANTATION TEAM

1 GANG FOREMAN
20 to 30 workers