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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Handle dimension stone blocks by means of front end loader 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116626  Handle dimension stone blocks by means of front end loader 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  13 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2004-12-02  2007-12-02  SAQA 0857/04 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-12-02   2011-12-02  

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 skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector.

This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of handling dimension stone blocks by means of front end loader in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of handling dimension stone blocks by means of front end loader
  • Load and move quarrying equipment
  • Extract and handle dimension stone blocks
  • Load finished blocks onto trucks 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 1
  • Occupational Health and safety at NQF Level 2
  • Work in a dimension stone quarry
  • Operate front end loader 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    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 
    Demonstrate a basic understanding of handling dimension stone blocks by means of front end loader. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The basic principles of handling dimension stone blocks are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Damage to blocks
  • Centre of gravity related to orientation
  • Relative mass
  • Authorised lifting loads of equipment
  • Under footage conditions
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The equipment used to handle dimension stone blocks are identified and named and their functions explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Quick hitch back plate
  • Bucket
  • Fork
  • Rake
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Workplace hazards and risks pertaining to the handling of dimension stone blocks and their mitigating actions are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • High walls
  • Gradients
  • Mobile equipment
  • Slippery surfaces
  • Underfoot conditions
  • Blasting
  • Weather conditions
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Work-related hazards and risks pertaining to the handling of dimension stone blocks and their mitigating actions are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Misfires and sockets
  • Handling of tools, material and equipment
  • Noise (hearing)
  • Dust
  • Blocks slipping and falling
  • Restricted vision
  • Vibration
  • Fire
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The significant environmental risks and consequences associated with the handling of blocks in a dimension stone quarry are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Dust
  • Oil and fuel spillages
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The possible problems that may be encountered while handling dimension stone blocks and the specified methods of dealing with each are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Inaccessible workplace
  • Poor underfoot conditions
  • Machine capacity and failure
  • Block stuck in face
  • Bulky equipment
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Lift and move quarrying equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment is available, operational, fit for purpose and used in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Ear plugs and/or ear muffs
  • Kidney belt
  • Dust mask
  • Hard hat where applicable
  • Safety boots
  • Goggles where applicable
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Loading area and transport route are checked for safe loading and moving condiitons. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Interaction with quarrying personnel is conducted in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The equipment is prepared for loading and moving in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The appropriate attachment is fitted onto the loader in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The equipment is lifted and moved by means of the front end loader in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Occupational risks and hazards are identified and dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Problems are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Sling failure
  • Loose components
  • Bulky equipment
  • Poor underfoot conditions
  • Machine capacity and failure
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The equipment is placed in the designated area or loaded onto a truck in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Extract and handle dimension stone blocks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment is available, operational, fit for purpose and used in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Ear plugs and/or ear muffs
  • Safety belt (where applicable)
  • Dust mask
  • Hard hat
  • Safety boots
  • Gloves
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Interaction with quarrying personnel is conducted in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Where applicable the appropriate attachment is fitted onto the loader in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Blocks are extracted from the quarry face in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Blocks are transported to and placed in the designated area in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Occupational risks and hazards are identified and dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Problems are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Inaccessible workplace
  • Poor underfoot conditions
  • Machine capacity and failure
  • Block stuck in face
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The consequences to safety, health and production of not adhering to specified requirements when extracting and handling dimension stone blocks are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Load finished blocks into trucks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment is available, operational, fit for purpose and used in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Ear plugs and/or ear muffs
  • Safety belt (where applicable)
  • Dust mask
  • Hard hat
  • Safety boots
  • Gloves
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Where applicable the appropriate attachment is fitted onto the loader in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Interaction with the relevant personnel is conducted in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Blocks are lifted and loaded onto trucks in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Occupational risks and hazards are identified and dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Anomalies are rectified or reported in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The consequences to safety, health and production of not adhering to specified requirements when loading finished dimension stone blocks onto trucks are explained. 


    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 as a provider through the relevant ETQA .
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard
  • Basic principles of handling dimension stone blocks
  • Basic principles of lifting and moving loads by means of front end loader
  • Principles of operation of equipment used and names of components
  • Relevant occupational risks and hazards and their mitigating actions
  • Impacts on the environment and relevant mitigating actions
  • Typical non conformances and their mitigating actions 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to identify sub-standard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
    Note: The ability and willingness of the candidate to accept and interpret work instructions correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to indicate what methods, tools and personal protective equipment is required and communicate to fellow workers his / her intentions and assistance required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and / or language skills in the modes of oral and / or written presentations.
    Note: The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and sub-standard conditions will indicate his / her proficiency in effective communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to use equipment, follow processes and access and record data in a technological environment in accordance with environmental, occupational health and safety requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to identify and refer anomalous behaviour to a specialist confirms understanding that a specific observation, inference, action or decision can have a devastating effect. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following 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 assessment at title level is 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, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Specified Requirements

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, 1996 (Act no 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act no 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice
  • SABS and other relevant Standards
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives
  • Guidelines issued by Chief Inspector of Mines

    Site Specific
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme
  • Managerial Instructions
  • Mine Standard Procedures
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks
  • Working Guides
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications


    Unit Standard Justification

    Attribute, Level, Justification
  • Skills - Level 3 - Well developed range
  • Procedures - Level 3 - Significant choice
  • Context - Level 3 - Range of familiar
  • Knowledge - Level 3 - Some relevant theoretical
  • Information processing - Level 2 - Basic processing of readily available information
  • Problem Solving - Level 3 - Range of known responses to familiar problems
  • Orientation of activities - Level 2 - Directed
  • Application of responsibility - Level 2 - Under general supervision
  • Orientation of scope of responsibility - Level 2 - Some responsibility for quantiy and quality

    Average Level: 23/9 = 2.55
    Actual Level Assigned: 3


    Credits:

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcome:
  • Classroom Teaching: 6 hours
  • On-The-Job Training: 60 hours
  • Mentoring required: 60 hours
  • Total: 126 hours

    Credits Achieved: 126/10 = 12.6
    Actual Credits Assigned: 13 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  57121   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Quarrying  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2008-09-17  Was MQA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  62869   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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. Anglo American Platinum Limited 
    2. Anglo American Platinum Limited - Mogalakwena Mining Training Centre 
    3. ASSOCIATED MANGANESE MINES OF SA LTD 
    4. BANA BA THARI MINING TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (PTY) LTD 
    5. COLLIERY TRAINING COLLEGE 
    6. Concor Projects (pty) Ltd 
    7. De Beers Voorspoed Mine 
    8. DIESEL POWER OPENCAST MINING (PTY) LTD 
    9. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    10. Exxaro Coal Pty Ltd 
    11. FOSKOR Pty Ltd 
    12. Fundisa Zonke Training Academy 
    13. HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED 
    14. Hotazel Manganese Mines (pty)ltd 
    15. KHUMANI IRON ORE MINE 
    16. KHUTALA COLLIERY 
    17. KOLOMELA MINE 
    18. Kumba Iron Ore Thabazimbi 
    19. Kumba Sishen HRD Centre 
    20. LICENCE WISE TRAINING SPECIALISTS 
    21. MEDIRO TRAINING ACADEMY 
    22. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    23. MOOLMAN BROS CONST CO PTY 
    24. NKOMATI MINE 
    25. Palabora Copper Pty Ltd 
    26. PMC TRAINING CONSULTANTS AND ASSOCIATES (PTY) LTD 
    27. POWERGATE TRADING 1087 
    28. PRETORIA PORTLAND CEMENT CO_LTD (HEAD OFFICE) 
    29. Prisma Training Solutions 
    30. SAFETY TRAINING PRACTITIONERS PTY LTD 
    31. SAMU Projects 
    32. SANHS Labour Hire t/a SAN CONTRACTING SERVICES 
    33. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
    34. SMC Mining and Drilling Training Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    35. Stefanutti Stocks Mining Services Salaries 
    36. Technology Risk Solutions 
    37. THARISA MINERALS PTY LTD 
    38. Triton Training and Development 
    39. TROLLOPE MINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD 
    40. XSTRATA COAL 
    41. XTRACT TRAINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD 
    42. ZAAIMAN EXPLORATION DRILLING (PTY) LTD 
    43. ZULEK TRAINING SPECIALISTS (PTY) LTD 



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