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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform a lifting task by using a mobile crane 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253658  Perform a lifting task by using a mobile crane 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 
This unit standard is for learners within the mechanical handling (rigging) field and focuses on the competencies required to supervise the use of an mobile crane, in order to lift and move a load.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Identify, discuss and explain the use of mobile cranes.
  • Plan and prepare to lift and move the load.
  • Direct the crane to lift and move the load.
  • Maintain, care and store equipment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    This unit standard has been designed as part of a progression. It is one of a series of unit standards for learners in the mechanical handling or related engineering environment.

    The credits allocated to this unit standard assume that a learner has already learned to use hand tools, manual lifting equipment and tackle in order to apply knowledge and skills to lift and move a load using a mobile crane. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    General guide for scope, context and level of this unit standard.

    For the purpose of learning and assessment:

    Mobile cranes include:
  • Hydraulic cranes.
  • Lattice-boom cranes.
  • Truck or deck-mounted cranes.

    Below the hook attachments include but are not limited to chain blocks; lever hoists; air hoists; winches; derricks, slings, rope, shackles, eye bolts, spreader and equalising beams, clamps, pulley systems, pull lifts, jacks, sliding shoes, rollers, tirfors.

    Safe procedures, control and storage, include:
  • OHS Act and local authority requirements.
  • Mine and Health Act.
  • Code of Safe Working Practices (Marine).
  • Maintaining a record of usage.
  • Care and general storage methods.

    Environment contexts include but are not limited to:
  • Manufacturing and Engineering (Metals, Plastics, Tyre and Rubber, Electrical Power Generation, Automotive Manufacturing).
  • Chemical and Petrochemical.
  • Mining.
  • Transport (Maritime, Road, Rail and Aviation).
  • Civil Engineering and Construction.
  • Food and Beverages.
  • Other engineering-related industry sectors.

    The learner should be able to:
  • Work autonomously with minimal supervision and according to worksite and manufacturer specifications and occupational safety, health and environmental legislation.
  • Work in a workshop, plant or underground environment with varying levels of light, space and safety risks.
  • Work in a team environment.

    Reference to legislative requirements cover a broad context, and may include Occupational, Health and Safety Act; Driven Machinery Act; Mine Health and Safety Act; The Maritime Occupational Safety Regulations, 1994.

    Safe control and storage, includes maintaining a record of usage, cleaning and general storage methods.

    Learning context:
  • Formal, informal learning and RPL can be obtained for this unit standard.
  • The learner should be assessed under supervision.

    Level:

    Level (for Level 3).

    A learning programme leading to the awarding of this unit standard should develop learners who demonstrate:
  • Ability to carry out moderate tasks that are familiar.
  • Ability to offer a clear choice of routine responses.
  • Basic operational knowledge base as indicated in the embedded knowledge component and that are readily available.
  • An understanding of known solutions to familiar problems with little generation of new ideas.
  • Ability to work under direct supervision with some responsibility. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify, discuss and explain the use of mobile cranes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The types of mobile cranes are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Lifting methods and techniques for using mobile cranes are explained, and their purpose is discussed in terms of safety legislation and work-site practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods and techniques include:
  • Methods and techniques are related to the type of crane being used.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of one method or technique over the other.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of the unsafe use of mobile cranes, is discussed and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Terms and definitions used are consistent with generally accepted mechanical handling terminology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Communication techniques during lifting and moving the load, are explained in terms of generally accepted industry practice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan and prepare to lift and move the load. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The planning and preparation of the lifting task is explained, in accordance with work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The mobile crane, lifting equipment and resources are correct for the task, available on site by the agreed time, and checked for serviceability in accordance with regulatory and worksite practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Resources include mechanical handling equipment, support materials, applicable documentation, personal protective equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Lifting space is cleared, potential obstructions are removed and personnel are notified, prior to the lifting task. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Pre-operational checks are carried out on lifting equipment and tackle, in accordance with work instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Direct the mobile crane operation to lift and move the load. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    The learner is required to demonstrate competence in lifting, positioning and securing objects (structural steel, timber, pre-cast concrete or other similar materials), machinery and machine components which are commonly handled within a variety of industrial environments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The mobile crane is used in accordance with manufacturer specifications and standard work-site practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Safety precautions are applied and adhered to, in accordance with legislation applicable to the use of the mobile cranes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safe working practices include but are not limited to:
  • Site access, communication and signalling methods, centre of gravity of load.

    Due care for the safety of personnel is taken into account.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Personnel are allocated to specific positions in order to lift and move the load safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The load is inspected for damage and its end position conforms to work instructions as reflected on drawing or job requirement. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    For the purpose of assessment, work instructions may consist of an assessment exercise which may include:
  • A work instruction or jobbing sheet.
  • And/or work drawings.
  • Permit conditions. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Maintain, care and store equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Lifting equipment is cleaned and stored in accordance with regulatory requirements and worksite practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The proper care and storage procedures for lifting equipment is explained in accordance with work site practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information regarding the use of lifting equipment, is recorded in accordance with regulations and accepted worksite practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Recording of information depends on the applicable work-site practice and may vary according specific industry sectors. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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 must be accredited in terms of the criteria laid down by the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names & functions of:
  • Types of mobile cranes.
  • Methods for the use of different types of cranes.
  • Tools, equipment and other resources.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Different applications of mobile cranes.
  • Lifting characteristics of different types of mobile cranes.
  • Common defects.
  • Hazards.

    Sensory cues:
  • Visual observance and alertness.

    Purpose of:
  • Different types of mobile cranes.
  • Safety checks.
  • Quality checks.

    Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Implications of incorrect use of mobile cranes.
  • Implications of ignoring safety requirements.
  • Implications of not preparing adequately.
  • Implications of not caring for lifting equipment.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Preparation procedures for using mobile cranes in assisting to lift and move a load.
  • Techniques related to the safe use of mobile cranes.
  • Preparing to lift and move the load.
  • Methods for the safe use of mobile cranes.
  • Safety procedures.
  • Procedures for maintaining records of mobile crane use.
  • Quality procedures.
  • Recording and reporting procedures.
  • Methods and measures for the safe control of loads during lifting procedures.
  • Materials and methods used for attaching, anchoring, bracing, supporting and securing loads.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental legislation and standards.
  • Driven Machinery Regulations.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act.
  • Other related regulations and legislation.

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Applicable basic lifting theory related to the safe use of mobile cranes.
  • Calculations related to and Work Load Limit (WLL).
  • Standard formulas for calculation of mass of final loads on the hook.
  • Safety principles governing the use of mobile cranes.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Relationship of the load to the use of an appropriate mobile crane.
  • Relationship of power to weight as a ratio.
  • Relationship between safety and lifting and moving a load efficiently.
  • Productivity.
  • Quality of workmanship. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Recognise problems while lifting or moving a load and responding appropriately.
  • Recognise and correct defects. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work together with others:
  • Participate in efforts of workgroup. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • Plan the sequence of operations based on job instructions and procedures for mobile crane deployment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Interpret information off job instructions and make decisions based on that information.
  • Identify potential hazards related to mobile crane deployment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Provide feedback on outcome of work to personnel. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Relationship between mechanical handling and the broader engineering environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessments at title level are unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, directness, authenticity, sufficiency, openness and consistency. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
  • It must be noted that the learner is not expected to operate a mobile crane in order to be found competent in this unit standard.
  • Learners are expected to supervise a lifting task including a mobile crane, in order to lift and move the load.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    Credits may be obtained by applying to an accredited/approved training provider/institution in order to have prior learning recognised in lieu of past work experience. Past experience must relate to the specific outcomes contained within this unit standard. The ensuing assessment of candidates seeking recognition of prior learning should not be so onerous as to deter them from doing so. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59730   National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    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  64829   National Certificate: Lifting Machine Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    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. Learning Exchange Pty (Ltd) 
    2. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    3. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 



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