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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform aerial rescue from a tree 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262258  Perform aerial rescue from a tree 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Horticulture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Horticulture 
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 
A tree worker or a colleague may get injured on duty, while, for example, operating a chain saw. Alternatively, a hazardous situation in and or around a tree work site may develop that may require the direct response of tree workers.
This means that tree workers should be equipped with an understanding of and familiarity with emergency rescue principles, procedures and techniques.

This Unit Standard is for people who climb trees to perform aerial rescue. Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Stop work immediately to secure the site.
  • Relay information to emergency services.
  • Perform the aerial rescue operation.
  • Perform activities for post aerial rescue operations. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2 or an equivalent.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 2 or an equivalent.
  • Basic safety in the urban forestry setting.
  • Chainsaw operation.
  • Basic tree climbing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Secure the site to perform aerial rescue 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The situation is assessed to identify risk involved and type of hazard that may hamper the rescue operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The situation is assessed to identify accessibility of site, and possible resources that will maximise the rescue operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Full site details and emergency procedures are established in view of developing a rescue plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Machinery and equipment is stopped from operating for safety reasons. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The area is secured by restricting access to public in accordance with standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Access, cordon off area, markings.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Relay information about the accident to relevant parties as per industry standards. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Location, access, nature and time of injury, hazards (e.g. power lines). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant parties are contacted to report the accident. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Emergency medical and related services.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Emergency details are relayed to relevant parties as per standard procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Location, access, nature and time of injury, hazards (e.g. power lines), telephone number of caller.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The casualty/victim is calmed down and re-assured according to industry standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform aerial rescue operation according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Rescue plan is developed according to safety standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Anchor points are attained for gripping. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A pendulum swing is dealt with during ascent to casualty/victim. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Casualty/victim is safely secured through a variety of techniques in accordance with industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Casualty's/victim's equipment is switched off and handled safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    First aid measures are applied according to health and safety regulations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform activities for post aerial rescue operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Report is generated according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information is communicated to the to relevant parties and recorded in the accident book. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Supervisor/ manager, casualty's family.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment is packed away according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Site is cleared according to emergency norms. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Relating to the aerial rescue procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • When interacting with team members and emergency rescue personnel colleagues during the operation of emergency rescue operations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • When demonstrating knowledge of the OHS Act and emergency and rescue techniques and procedures.
  • When executing the emergency rescue operation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • When relaying information about the emergency situation to relevant parties.
  • When executing the emergency rescue operation.
  • Reporting injures.
  • Briefing ground crew.
  • Communicating with role players. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • By showing responsibility towards the environment and safety of others.
  • When using First AID and emergency rescue equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • When I can explain and justify my actions and procedures followed during an emergency rescue operation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Qualification must be registered with the relevant ETQA as an assessor.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. Assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the policies and guidelines for assessment of that ETQA, in terms of agreements reached around assessment and between various ETQA's (including professional bodies).
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification mav apply to be assessed any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • The options as listed above provide the opportunity to ensure that assessment and moderation can be transparent, affordable, valid reliable and non-discriminatory. 

  • 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  65490   National Certificate: Arboriculture: Tree Preservation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 


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