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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate overhead/gantry cranes 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242976  Operate overhead/gantry cranes 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 person credited with this unit standard is able to understand the functions, safety and suitability of the crane prior to utilization in the freight handling industry. Learners are also able to inspect and record the operational fitness of the components of a crane and be able to access available support systems and emergency services in case of incidents and accidents while operating a overhead/gantry crane.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Demonstrating knowledge of the functions of a crane.
  • Identifying the safety and suitability of the crane type prior to utilisation.
  • Inspecting and recording the operational fitness of the components of a crane.
  • Operating an overhead crane in a safe and competent manner.
  • Accessing available support systems and emergency services in case of incidents and accidents. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Limited to work carried out on a standard crane, with standardized fittings.
  • The applied competence expressed in this standard covers one specific crane of a range of heavy crane types (capacity and functionality) used in familiar operational functions in any industry context, and in a range of environmental conditions (e.g. poor weather).
  • Cranes shall include:
    > C30: Overhead Pendant Controlled.
    > C31: Overhead Cab controlled.
  • Attachments shall include:
    > S Tandem Lifts.
    > T Special Categories.
  • The Codes and Attachments correspond with the National Code of Practice. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the functions of a crane. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The main functions of Overhead Crane's are explained in terms of manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The operation of all major components are explained in terms of their functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All safety features and warning devices on the crane are identified, and their purposes explained in accordance with manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The maximum operating capacities are explained in terms of the designed crane capabilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Warnings from crane indicators and gauges are explained according to manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Corrective actions are described or demonstrated in terms of neutralising warnings received. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the safety and suitability of the crane type prior to utilisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Suitability of the crane is identified according to load characteristics, equipment manufacturers' requirements and environmental conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Operational capability of lifting equipment is assessed according to correct Safe Work Load of slings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The influence of load/range is explained according to load/range characteristics, manufacturers' requirements an environmental conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A pendant controlled overhead crane is operated in accordance with operating specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Inspect and record the operational fitness of the components of a crane. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pre-operational checks are carried out according to required checklist. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Daily and weekly operator maintenance is performed according to the appropriate post-operational checklist and record keeping using a logbook. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Checklist is completed according to worksite procedures and corrective action taken if required, ensuring compliance with manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate measures used to rectify and/or prevent basic faults and defects in the mechanical function of the crane are identified according to operational procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Fault and defects include but are not limited to: structural components, hoisting systems, cab, fastenings, and ropes/chains.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Operate an overhead crane in a safe and competent manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose and functions of the various controls is explained in accordance with their designed use and manufactures specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Controls are used to manoeuvre the crane within manufacturer's specifications to reduce load swings and related safety hazards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Crane performance is monitored and corrective action is taken when necessary and in accordance with manufacturer's manual. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Crane is operated without risk of damage, loss to crane, property, or injury to people. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Hazards specific to operating an overhead crane are explained and the ways to minimise the hazards are explained in terms of potential damage to crane, property and injury to people. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Start-up and shutdown procedures are followed according to manufacturer's manual. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Crane is stowed according to manufacturer's and company/works requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Access available support systems and emergency services in case of incidents and accidents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The most appropriate course of action in relation to the purpose of the various controls is explained in accordance with company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The handling and storage of the load is explained according to safe working practices. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • The differences in range, structure, function and capacity between the various types of overhead cranes.
  • The requirement for certification which verifies the safety of the crane, as defined in legislation (Driven Machinery Regulation 18) by a "competent authority".
  • The pre-operational and operational and 'close down' checks for the components of the specific overhead crane.
  • The principles of lifting weights and the variances of safe capacities according to Manufacturer's specifications.
  • Safe and correct slinging methods that can be used with load types normally dealt with by overhead cranes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking when analysing the load configuration with multiple hoists to ensure the correct selection of lifting equipment, for a safe lifting operation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate knowledge of various load weight, size and type for the purpose of selecting and utilising the most appropriate (safe and efficient) method of operating. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate initiative in selecting the most appropriate gear and equipment dependent on crane types, freight characteristics and environmental conditions. 

    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
    Elective  66512   National Certificate: Foundry Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2013-11-07  MERSETA 
    Elective  59729   National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging)  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  79686   National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  58718   National Certificate: Metals Processing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  64189   National Certificate: Metals Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  49450   National Certificate: Plastics Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  61809   National Certificate: Tyre Repair and Maintenance  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  48794   National Certificate in Quality Checking of Tyres and Tyre Components  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  71989   National Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  58862   National Certificate: Electro-Mechanical Winding  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  58720   National Certificate: Engineering Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  66449   National Certificate: Foundry Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2013-11-07  MERSETA 
    Elective  64829   National Certificate: Lifting Machine Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  59669   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  23255   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting and Machining  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  91926   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  67609   National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  79666   National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  64190   National Certificate: Metals Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  49449   National Certificate: Plastics Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  36155   National Certificate: Polymer Composite Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  79407   National Certificate: Polymer Compound Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  21012   National Certificate: Power and Telecommunication Cable Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  24217   National Certificate: Thermoplastic Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  48798   National Certificate: Tyre and Tyre Component Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  48795   National Certificate: Tyre Assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  57886   National Certificate: Welding Application and Practice  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. A.I.R Training, Consulting & Services 
    2. AA Forklift Training Centre 
    3. AAH Skills and Development 
    4. Africa Training Centre 
    5. AIR TRAINING CONSULTING & SERVICES 
    6. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD 
    7. ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (VANDERBIJLPARK) (TP) 
    8. Bayethe Training and Development Services cc 
    9. Bell Equipment Co SA Pty Ltd - Manufacturing Division 
    10. Black Eagle Training (PIETERMARITZBURG) (TP) 
    11. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu 
    12. Bonticom (Pty) Ltd 
    13. BPC HR Solutions (PRETORIA) (TP) 
    14. BPL Academy 
    15. BreErivier Training Development CC Mossel Bay 
    16. BreErivier Training Development CC Worcester 
    17. Bridgestone South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Isando Branch (ISANDO) (TP) 
    18. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    19. College of Production Technology 
    20. CREATIVE FOUNDATION TRAINING 
    21. Customised Training Specialists Trust T/A CTS (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    22. DMP Training (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    23. Driving Sense 
    24. Durban Driver Training Centre Pty Ltd 
    25. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    26. Eastcape Training Centre 
    27. Enstra Learning and Development Centre (Pty) Ltd (SPRINGS) (TP) 
    28. Exclusive Training Services 
    29. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    30. Fantique Trade 1092 
    31. Gijima AST Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Fundi Training Centre (BENONI) (TP) 
    32. Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Industrial Skills Development - Middelb 
    33. GLOBAL LEARNING SERVICES 
    34. He and She Driver Training Centre 
    35. Humrec Human Resource Training 
    36. Indaba Training 
    37. Inkqubela Consultants 
    38. Innovative Shared Services 
    39. ITB MANUFACTURING (PTY) LTD LTD (Isithebe) 
    40. ITHEMBA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 
    41. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
    42. Jikelele Driver Training Centre cc 
    43. Juan-Tech Training Centre 
    44. Kwazulu Natal Training & Development 
    45. Kwazuna Training CC 
    46. Learning Exchange Pty (Ltd) 
    47. Lesedi Skills Academy (TP) 
    48. Lifting Machinery Training 
    49. M & M Training & Rigging 
    50. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    51. Makwedeng Training 
    52. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 
    53. MCD TECHNICAL TRAINING CENTRE (Legacy) Mers-3726 
    54. Metro Minds 
    55. Mobile Waste & Rubble cc 
    56. MSC Artisan Academy (Pty) Ltd T/A Master Artisan Academy SA (EAST LOND 
    57. Mthetana Trading & Construction T/A Multi Skill Training Centre (DURBA 
    58. Northlink College - Wingfield Campus 
    59. NOSA LOGISTICS PTY LTD 
    60. Orion Industrial Training Services (Pty) Ltd 
    61. OSR Trading 
    62. Planet Waves 237 (Pty) Ltd T/A Occupational Learning Centre (OLC) (PRE 
    63. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    64. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    65. Plastics Federation of South Africa (WESTMEAD) (TP) 
    66. Polyoak Business School (Pty) Ltd (DIEP RIVER) (TP) 
    67. Pro-Edu Accredited Training International cc 
    68. Protea Tyres (Nelspruit) (TP) 
    69. PS Productive Services (WESTVILLE) (TP) 
    70. QTE Training & Consulting cc T/A QTE (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    71. Quadrant Crane Training Centre 
    72. RAI LOGISTICS CC (Ladysmith)(TP) 
    73. Russ Projects T/A Academy Workplace Development (AWD) (HARRIETDALE) (T 
    74. Samancor Chrome Ltd T/A Khuphuka Training & Development (MIDDELBURG) ( 
    75. Scaw Metals Group (Pty) Ltd T/A Scaw Metals (DINWIDDIE) (TP) 
    76. Scaw Metals Group T/A Scaw Chain (VEREENIGING) (TP) 
    77. SEDIBENG TRAINING CENTRE 
    78. Shine The Way 281 cc T/A Industrial Training Centre (NEW GERMANY) (TP) 
    79. Shipping and Transport College 
    80. Shukela Training Centre 
    81. SKILLS DYNAMICS AFRICA PTY LTD 
    82. Skills for All 
    83. Skills Priority 
    84. Skills Resource Group (Pty) Ltd 
    85. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
    86. Tasa Training Services cc 
    87. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP) 
    88. THE NEW RECLAMATION GROUP (PTY) LTD (Prospecton) (TP) 
    89. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC 
    90. The Skills College for Development & Training cc (PRETORIA) (TP) 
    91. The Skills Matrix 
    92. Thwala Training Services (Pty) Ltd 
    93. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    94. Toyota Forklift t/a Saficon Industrial Equipment 
    95. Training Force 
    96. Transnet Rail Engineering Germiston Training Centre 
    97. Transnet Maritime School of Excellence 
    98. Transvaal Training 
    99. TRENTYRE (Spartan)(TP) 
    100. Umfolozi FET College 
    101. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    102. Uthingo Training Centre 
    103. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 
    104. West Coast Industrial Training Institute 
    105. Wheelman S A 
    106. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    107. WISPECO ALUMINIUM (Alrode)(Project Site NVC)(TP) 
    108. World Focus 382 cc T/A Richards Bay Technical Training & Assessment Centre (ZCBF) (RICHARDS BAY) (TP) 
    109. York Timbers 



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