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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plan, organise and control the erection, alteration/repositioning and dismantling of suspended scaffolding 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116690  Plan, organise and control the erection, alteration/repositioning and dismantling of suspended scaffolding 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Physical Planning, Design and Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  18 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner is capable of:

Integrating knowledge and understanding of suspended scaffolding and related applications with skills for planning, organising and controlling a range of activities associated with suspended scaffolding operations.

The competencies contained in this unit standard extend beyond the mechanical completion of tasks associated with suspended scaffolding operations and contribute towards the professional development of the learner by equipping him/her with enhanced knowledge and skills for the effective supervision of suspended scaffolding operations that are carried out in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety Legislation and Regulations for work conducted at heights well above ground level and industry requirements for cost-effective and quality workmanship completed within prescribed deadlines.

This unit standard further contributes to socio-economic transformation in that learners will be able to undergo RPL-assessment and receive recognition for previous learning and experience, thereby enhancing the employability and career prospects of learners within the Civil Engineering Construction field. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
The following competencies will support the learner in the achievement of this unit standard:

Language and Communication in an official language at NQF Level 4
Language and Communication in a second official language at NQF Level 3
Mathematics at NQF Level 4
Computer literacy at NQF Level 2
The ability to work at great heights 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The typical scope of this unit standard:

Relevant sections contained in the latest edition of SANS 0295 (Part 2) associated with suspended scaffolding are limited to: Work platforms that are suspended from wire ropes from the top down, Boatswain's Chair, work cages, modular work platforms and rigid aluminium platforms

Specific details and dimensions of suspended scaffold design include but are not limited to: counter-weight requirements, stalk lengths, length of out rigger beams, structure of support base (roof or parapet)

Alternative resources to be recommended when required include but are not limited to: roof rigs, scaffold supports, tie backs, parapet clamps, C-Hooks, monorail systems

Site risk assessment includes but is not limited to: the use of equipment for lifting materials to required heights, the use of ropes for pulling up materials on the outside of structures, erection of temporary public protection and barricading
Suspended scaffold materials that are correct and fit for use include but are not limited to: winches, wire ropes, nuts and bolts, shackles, out rigger beams, stalks, weights, electric supply cables, cradles and platforms

Weekly inspections include, but are not limited to, the inspection of: steel weights, stalks and bolts, slings, top fixings, channel beams and extensions, shackles, wire ropes, electric supply cables, electric yolks, safety device, winches, platform condition, winch bolts, bottom wire ropes coiled. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different types of suspended scaffolding, applications, limitations, design and compliance. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Relevant sections of the OHS Act and Regulations associated with suspended scaffolding are identified and the responsibilities of the inspector are described 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Relevant sections contained in the latest edition of SANS 0295 (Part 2) associated with suspended scaffolding are identified and their impact on the role of the inspector is described 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Different types of suspended scaffolding and their application is described and an indication is given of the limitations associated with each type 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Safe working loads for suspended scaffolding components are identified and their application described 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Classification for suspended scaffolding platforms and the loading limitations for suspended scaffolds with multi-level platforms are identified and described 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
Stability requirements for the prevention of over-turning and protrusion lengths of out riggers are identified and described 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
Relevant documentation, including Suspended Scaffolding Inspection Registers and Handover Certificates as required by SANS 0295 (Part 2) and the associated responsibilities of the Inspector are identified and described 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Read and interpret drawings, requirements and specifications. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Specific details and dimensions of suspended scaffold design are interpreted from drawings and detailed descriptions are provided 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Details and dimensions contained in client requirements for suspended scaffold design are interpreted and detailed descriptions are provided 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Suspended scaffolding materials are identified from drawings or requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Required resources are identified from drawings or requirements 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Plan resources for erecting, altering/repositioning suspended scaffolding. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Action Plans are compiled and activities prioritised in accordance with drawings or requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Suspended scaffold material quantities are accurately calculated from drawings or requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Resource requirements are estimated in accordance with the quantities calculated 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Transportation, materials and crews are scheduled and work activities are sequenced in accordance with program and safety legislation requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Alternative resources are identified where required and recommendations or solutions are proposed to the designer or client 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
Alternative resources are used in accordance with designer or client authorisation and requirements 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Assess site risks and accessibility. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Site risks are assessed in accordance with program and legislative requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Safe working procedures are compiled for identified risks in accordance with program and legislative requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Site accessibility is assessed and the methodology for moving equipment onto site is determined 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Client is timeously notified if additional work is required to improve site accessibility 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Lay down/staging areas for materials are identified and allocated in accordance with legislative and site requirements for safety and security 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Organise and control suspended scaffolding operations. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Suspended scaffold materials are supplied on site in the right sequence, within the prescribed timeframe and are correct and fit for purpose. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The setting out of suspended scaffolding positions is monitored and compliance with drawings or requirements is adhered to 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The erection, alteration/repositioning sequence of suspended scaffolding is organised and work activities are controlled in accordance with safe and cost-effective working methods 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Suspended scaffolding and platforms are erected and altered/repositioned in accordance with drawings and/or requirements and cross-referenced to relevant specifications, legislation and standards 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Excess materials are removed from site and all wire rope free ends are coiled in accordance with safe work procedures 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Inspect and handover suspended scaffolding. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Suspended scaffolding works are inspected for compliance with drawings and/or requirements and cross-referenced to relevant legislation and standards 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Revisions/non-conformances, if any, are identified, rectified and works re-inspected in accordance with safety legislation requirements and industry standards 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Suspended Scaffolding Register and Handover Certificate is completed, issued and signed off in accordance with safety legislation requirements and industry standards 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Weekly inspections are organised, conducted and recorded in accordance with legislation requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Winches and wire ropes are inspected on a three-monthly basis and recorded in accordance with safety legislation requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
Load test inspections on winches are conducted on a yearly basis and recorded in accordance with safety legislation requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
Engineer's Certificates/Reports are obtained when required in accordance with legislation requirements 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
Organise and control dismantling and site clearance procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Site risks are assessed, pre-dismantling inspections are conducted and safe working procedures are compiled to ensure safety of materials, equipment and crews 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Action Plans are compiled and activities prioritised in accordance with drawings or requirements for the dismantling of suspended scaffolds 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Transportation, materials and crews are scheduled and work activities are sequenced in accordance with program and safety legislation requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Site accessibility is assessed and the methodology for the removal of equipment off site is determined 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Lay down/staging areas for materials are identified and allocated in accordance with legislative and site requirements for safety and security 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
The dismantling sequence of suspended scaffolding is organised and work activities are controlled in accordance with safe and cost-effective working methods 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
Suspended scaffolding is dismantled in accordance with relevant specifications, legislation and standards 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
Site procedures for the clearance of materials, equipment and crews are adhered to and completed within prescribed deadlines 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA for this unit standard or a similar unit standard at a higher NQF Level.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA
  • The relevant ETQA or other ETQA's who have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with relevant ETQA would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act and the application of the Act in relation to suspended scaffolding operations
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act requirements for persons responsible for conducting inspections on suspended scaffolding works
  • Regulations contained in Construction SANS 0295 (Part 2), Driven Machinery Regulation No 18, Lifting Machinery Regulation 13F,
  • Different types of suspended scaffolding, related applications and limitations
  • Applications and safe working loads for suspended scaffolding components
  • Classification for suspended scaffolding platforms and the loading limitations for suspended scaffolds with multi-level platforms
  • Requirements for stability against over-turning of free-standing platforms, purpose of suspended scaffolding ties, maximum spacing of ties and the various conditions which affect tie spacing requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems

    Assess site risks and accessibility
  • Site risks are assessed in accordance with program and legislative requirements
  • Safe working procedures are compiled for identified risks in accordance with program and legislative requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others

    Inspect and handover suspended scaffolding
  • Suspended scaffolding works are inspected for compliance with drawings and/or requirements and cross-referenced to relevant legislation and standards
  • Suspended Scaffolding Register and Handover Certificate is completed, issued and signed off in accordance with safety legislation requirements and industry standards
  • Weekly inspections are organised, conducted and recorded in accordance with legislation requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management

    Plan resources for erecting, altering/repositioning suspended scaffolding
  • Action Plans are compiled and activities prioritised in accordance with drawings or requirements
  • Suspended scaffold material quantities are accurately calculated from drawings or requirements
  • Resource requirements are estimated in accordance with the quantities calculated 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different types of suspended scaffolding, applications, limitations, design and compliance
  • Relevant sections of the OHS Act and Regulations associated with suspended scaffolding are identified and the responsibilities of the inspector are described
  • Relevant sections contained in the latest edition of SANS 0295 (Part 2) associated with suspended scaffolding are identified and their impact on the role of the inspector is described 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively

    Read and interpret drawings, requirements and specifications
  • Specific details and dimensions of suspended scaffold design are interpreted from drawings and detailed descriptions are provided
  • Details and dimensions contained in client requirements for suspended scaffold design are interpreted and detailed descriptions are provided. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence

    Organise and control suspended scaffolding operations
  • Suspended scaffold materials are supplied on site in the right sequence, within the prescribed timeframe and are correct and fit for purpose
  • The setting out of suspended scaffolding positions is monitored and compliance with drawings or requirements is adhered to 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand contextual world-systems

    Plan resources for erecting, altering/repositioning suspended scaffolding
  • Transportation, materials and crews are scheduled and work activities are sequenced in accordance with program and safety legislation requirements

    Organise and control dismantling and site clearance procedures
  • The dismantling sequence of suspended scaffolding is organised and work activities are controlled in accordance with safe and cost-effective working methods 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Responsibility towards the environment, health and safety of others

    Organise and control dismantling and site clearance procedures
  • Site procedures for the clearance of materials, equipment and crews are adhered to and completed within prescribed deadlines 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary information:

    1. Suspended scaffolding is classified as a temporary structure that provides access on/or from which persons work and which is normally hung from wire ropes

    2. The Suspended scaffolding Supervisor shall only be appointed in writing to lead a suspended scaffolding team once he has completed the training required, i.e. Learners will have demonstrated competence in basic inspection of ordinary access scaffolds and leading various teams of suspended scaffolding erectors under various construction site conditions

    3.The high and often fatal risks associated with work conducted at heights well above ground level necessitates that learners fulfill the following criteria contained in SANS 10085 Ed. 3 clause 16.2.5.2 prior to attempting this unit standard and,
    His/her total suspended scaffolding experience exceeds two years and six months.

    4. Due to the fact that SANS 0295 (Part 2) and Construction Regulations are still not published, changes to this unit standard can be expected. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49410   National Certificate: Construction  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  59731   Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging)  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  65949   Further Education and Training Certificate: Supervision of Construction Processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49053   National Certificate: Supervision of Construction Processes  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-06-30  CETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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    3. DAMBUZA COMMUNITY TRUST 
    4. Dego Consultants 
    5. Eastcape Training Centre 
    6. HIGHVELD BOTTLING (Legacy) 
    7. Hlumanathi Trading PTY LTD 
    8. IMBAWULA CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY 
    9. IQHAYIYA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Legacy) 
    10. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    11. Kagano Consulting Services 
    12. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    13. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 
    14. Mothusi Management Consultants 
    15. MZANTSI TRUCK & BUS (Uitenhage) 
    16. NOLOSHA 
    17. Nomagwanishe Investments cc 
    18. NSINGWENI CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    19. PMA Holdings (PTY ) LTD. 
    20. Powerpro Technologies and Training Facility (PTY) LTD 
    21. Raubex Construction Pty (Ltd) 
    22. SEDA Construction Incubator Trust 
    23. Sinethemba Visiwe PTY LTD 
    24. Thabomeleng 
    25. THE TRAINING ACADEMY 
    26. Topfix Scaffolding (Pty) Ltd 
    27. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    28. Ubucubu Home Industries 
    29. WACO Africa (Pty) Ltd 



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