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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Sling complex loads and communicate during crane operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116986  Sling complex loads and communicate during crane operations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
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 
Demonstrating an integrated practical and theoretical grounding in Crane Operations, inspecting and evaluating lifting gear, preparing and slinging complex loads, as well as communicating during crane operations

The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key developmental interface between learners and new competencies to be achieved.

Learners who master the applied competence described in this unit standard will contribute to the development of a professional community of Civil Engineering Construction Crane Operators who are able to competently use science and technology when applying operation techniquesThe contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners will be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby receive recognition for previous learning and experience. This in turn will enhance the employability and career prospects of learners employed in this sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • NQF Level 2 Numeracy and NQF Level 2 Literacy

    The operator should be declared physically fit and have completed an eyesight test (such as the Orthorator test, the Purdue University Test No. 3, etc.) and an industry recognised depth perception and hand-eye co-ordination test.

    It is assumed that people starting to learn towards this unit are competent in unit standards which address:
  • Sling and Communicate During Crane Operations - NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Complex and irregular loads have the following characteristics:
  • Unequal weight distribution, eccentric loading, irregular shape and proportions, with or without set lifting points.

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and select appropriate lifting equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Weights of various loads are determined, lifting equipment selected, and applicable sling and lifting gear applied to the load in accordance with the relevant Codes of Practice and Company procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Ropes, chains, web slings, lifting beams, spreader bars, slings, shackles, eye bolts, lifting devices.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Packing and dunnage are selected and applied to crane lift situations, in accordance with the relevant Codes of Practice and Company procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Inspect and evaluate lifting gear. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Lifting gear is inspected and evaluated in accordance with relevant Codes of Practice and Company procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    May include, but is not limited to - lifting beams, spreader bars, slings, shackles, eye bolts, natural, synthetic and wire ropes, chains and web slings.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare and sling complex loads. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Complex loads are prepared and slung in accordance with the relevant Codes of Practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tie appropriate knots in natural or synthetic ropes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Bowline, clove hitch, sheet bend.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Factors affecting the safe operation of the crane are determined including the effect of weather on this type of operation, lifting equipment selected, and applicable sling and lifting gear applied to the load in accordance with the relevant Health and Safety Act, Codes of Practice and company procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Communicate during crane operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hand signals for cranes and lifting appliances are in accordance with recognised practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Audible communication is done in accordance with the relevant Codes of Practice, and company procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    May include but is not limited to radio telephone, other electrical devices, verbal.
     


    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 CETA-ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the CETA-ETQA.
  • CETA-ETQA or other ETQA's who have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with CETA-ETQA would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Regulatory Requirements in terms of Permits
  • Types of lifting equipment
  • Lifting gear Inspection procedures
  • Recognised hand signals and other forms of communication
  • Types of ties 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems.

    Outcomes:
  • Inspect and evaluate lifting gear.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Lifting gear is inspected and evaluated in accordance with relevant Codes of Practice and Company procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others.

    Outcomes:
  • Communicate during crane operations.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Hand signals for cranes and lifting appliances are in accordance with recognised practice.
  • Audible communication is done in accordance with the relevant Codes of Practice, and company procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management.

    Outcomes:
  • Identify Types of lifting equipment.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Packing and dunnage are selected and applied to crane lift situations, in accordance with the relevant Codes of Practice and Company procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information.

    Outcomes:
  • Identify Types of lifting equipment

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Types of lifting equipment are described in relation to their purpose and use. Weights of various complex loads are calculated, lifting equipment selected, and applicable sling and lifting gear applied to the load in accordance with the relevant Codes of Practice and Company procedures.
  • Packing and dunnage are selected and applied to crane lift situations, in accordance with the relevant Codes of Practice and Company procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively.

    Outcomes:
  • Inspect and evaluate lifting gear.
  • Prepare and sling complex loads

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Lifting gear is inspected and evaluated in accordance with relevant Codes of Practice and Company procedures.
  • Complex loads are prepared and slung in accordance with the relevant Codes of Practice.
  • Tie appropriate knots in natural or synthetic ropes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence.

    Outcomes:
  • Identify Types of lifting equipment
  • Inspect and evaluate lifting gear
  • Prepare and sling complex loads

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Types of lifting equipment are described in relation to their purpose and use. Weights of various complex loads are calculated, lifting equipment selected, and applicable sling and lifting gear applied to the load in accordance with the relevant Codes of Practice and Company procedures.
  • Packing and dunnage are selected and applied to crane lift situations, in accordance with the relevant Codes of Practice and Company procedures.
  • Lifting gear is inspected and evaluated in accordance with relevant Codes of Practice and Company procedures.
  • Complex loads are prepared and slung in accordance with the relevant Codes of Practice.
  • Tie appropriate knots in natural or synthetic ropes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand contextual world-systems.

    Outcomes:
  • Identify Types of lifting equipment
  • Communicate during crane operations

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Types of lifting equipment are described in relation to their purpose and use. Weights of various complex loads are calculated, lifting equipment selected, and applicable sling and lifting gear applied to the load in accordance with the relevant Codes of Practice and Company procedures.
  • Regulatory permits are obtained in accordance with statutory requirements pertaining to plan, task, site, and navigation routes assessment.
  • Routes are mapped out and followed to relevant authority requirements. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49080   National Certificate: Construction: Advanced Crane Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  64829   National Certificate: Lifting Machine Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    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  36153   National Certificate: Polymer Composite Fabrication  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    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.
     
    1. IMBAWULA CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY 
    2. Kagano Consulting Services 
    3. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    4. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 
    5. Mothusi Management Consultants 
    6. MZANTSI TRUCK & BUS (Uitenhage) 
    7. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    8. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    9. Plastics Federation of South Africa (WESTMEAD) (TP) 
    10. SEDA Construction Incubator Trust 
    11. Thabomeleng 
    12. Thwala Training Services (Pty) Ltd 
    13. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 
    14. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    15. TRANSVAAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION 
    16. Transvaal Training 



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