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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Guide the lifting and positioning of loads 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262592  Guide the lifting and positioning of loads 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
116622  Lift and position loads  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner will acquire knowledge of the scope and nature of lifting, positioning and securing steel structures. This includes communicating with the lifting plant operator to ensure the correct positioning of the components or sections of the steel structure. Learners who achieve the applied competence described in this unit standard will contribute to the development of a professional community of structural steel erectors within the construction industry.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Describing the nature and scope for lifting and positioning loads.
  • Preparing for lifting loads.
  • Guiding the lifting of loads.
  • Positioning and securing loads. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the nature and scope for lifting and positioning loads. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Slinging equipment and methods are identified and described in relation to application and safe practice for lifting loads. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Slinging equipment includes, but is not limited to:
  • Slings, rope, shackles, eye bolts, spreader beams and equalising gear, clamps, pulley systems, chain blocks and pull lifts, winches, jacks, skids, skates and sliding shoes, rollers, cradle timbers, chocks and wedges, packers, fish-plates and bolts, feeler gauges, rigging screws, tirfors and turn buckles.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Lifting equipment limitations and safety requirements are described in relation to the functions of the specific lifting equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Methods for the safe storage of lifting attachments are identified and described in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Communication signals are demonstrated in accordance with standard industry procedures and safety legislation requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for lifting loads. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Levels and set out alignments of structures are verified against drawing specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ground conditions are assessed in accordance with hoisting equipment manufacturer's specifications and unsuitable conditions are reported according to organizational procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Ground conditions assessment includes, but is not limited to:
  • Location of underground services, ground pressure and water tables.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Overhead hazards and location for erection of lifting equipment are identified according to municipal, safety and project requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Overhead hazards include, but are not limited to:
  • Power lines, telephone cables, bridge structures and buildings.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Weather conditions are assessed to ensure safe lifting operation according to organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Erection work area is isolated by barriers in accordance with standard industry procedures and safety legislation requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Selected materials used for fixing, anchoring, bracing, supporting and securing are allocated in accordance with drawing specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Guide the lifting of loads. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Load connection is inspected and in accordance with good working practice, manufacturer's specifications and safety legislation requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Load connection equipment includes, but is not limited to:
  • Slings, rope, shackles, eye bolts, spreader beams and equalising gear, clamps, pulley systems, chain blocks and pull lifts, winches, jacks, skids, skates and sliding shoes, rollers, cradle timbers, chocks and wedges, packers, fish-plates and bolts, feeler gauges, rigging screws, tirfors and turn buckles.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Lifted loads are guided towards located position in accordance with planned hazard prevention and control measures, manufacturer's operating instructions and safety legislation requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Stability of loads is maintained during lifting procedures in accordance with manufacturer and design engineer's specifications, safety legislation requirements and standard industry procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Position and secure loads. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Load stability is maintained during positioning and securing procedures in accordance with safe working, practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Loads are guided and placed in position according to drawing specifications and safe working practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Loads are secured in accordance with design engineer's specifications. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in the specific outcomes of the unit standard as well as the integrated competence described in the purpose of the unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner will be able to understand and explain relevant aspects of the following:
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act in relation to the lifting and positioning of loads.
  • Slinging methods and their associated application.
  • Standard formulas for calculation of mass of final loads in the hook.
  • Good housekeeping practice and safety in relation to lifting and positioning loads.
  • Methods for the safe storage of lifting attachments.
  • Procedures for maintaining and recording the status of lifting equipment and accessories.
  • Techniques for evaluating ground conditions and overhead hazards.
  • Load connection equipment.
  • Methods and measures for the safe control of loads during lifting procedure.
  • Materials and methods used for fixing, anchoring, bracing, supporting and securing loads. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to the correct positioning of sections of a steel structure in which responses display that critical thinking is used for responsible decision making. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a structural steel erecting team to assemble components of a steel structure and oversee the lifting and positioning of these components to erect a steel structure according to specifications. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to guide the lifting and positioning of components/sections of a steel structure in the correct sequence and within given timeframes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information on structural steel drawings in order to position the components in the correct sequence for the finishing off process of the erected steel structure. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral communication to guide the lifting equipment plant operator to position the sections/components of a steel structure according to the drawings. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 116622, "Lift and position loads", Level 3, 12 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  96402   National Certificate: Hot Water System Installation  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  65709   National Certificate: Construction: Steelwork  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  65949   Further Education and Training Certificate: Supervision of Construction Processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    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. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    2. CLEAN HEAT ENERGY SAVING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    3. Hlumanathi Trading PTY LTD 
    4. Ntongenhle Construction Force 
    5. PMA Holdings (PTY ) LTD. 
    6. Sinethemba Visiwe PTY LTD 
    7. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.