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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prepare anchors, rig intermediate supports, tailtrees & a tower and set up working cables for a cable yarding operation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117077  Prepare anchors, rig intermediate supports, tailtrees & a tower and set up working cables for a cable yarding operation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Forestry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Forestry and Wood Technology 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
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 is for people who prepare and install anchors, rig intermediate supports, tail trees & a tower, and set up working cables for a cable yarding operation. People credited with this unit are able to:
  • Prepare and install anchors for a cable yarding operation.
  • Rig intermediate supports and tailtrees.
  • Rig a tower.
  • Set up the working cables for a highlead configuration.
  • Set up a yarder in a standing skyline configuration where an intermediate support is used. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic safety in forestry operations.
  • Cut felled material using a chainsaw.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of wire ropes, rigging accessories, anchor systems and rigging in cable yarding operations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare and install anchors for a cable yarding operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety requirements applicable to the operations are explained to ensure the health and safety of all personnel. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preparation of stump anchors, installation of a deadman anchor, rigging a tree anchor.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All personal protective equipment required, is checked for functionality and used in terms of company policy and legal requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preparation of stump anchors, installation of a deadman anchor, rigging a tree anchor.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment is checked for suitability, serviceability and corrective action is taken, if required. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preparation of stump anchors, installation of a deadman anchor, rigging a tree anchor.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Suitable stump anchors are selected according to the requirements of the Handbook and the operational plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Notches are made in stumps to meet the requirements according to the Handbook section 6.1.1. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Install a deadman anchor according to one recognised method according to the Handbook section 6.3.1. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Rig a tree anchor according to the Handbook section 6.5. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Safe work practices are adhered to throughout the operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preparation of stump anchors, installation of a deadman anchor, rigging a tree anchor.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Rig intermediate supports and tailtrees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All personal protective equipment required, is checked for functionality and used in terms of company policy and legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Rigging equipment is checked for completeness, suitability, serviceability and corrective action is taken, if required. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Intermediate supports (riderblock method or centre-block method and double-tree method), tailtrees.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The requirements for ascending support trees are met according to the Handbook. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Intermediate supports (riderblock method or centre-block method and double-tree method), tailtrees.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A singletree intermediate support is rigged complying with the requirements of the Handbook section 9.5.2.1 or 9.5.2.2 and the operational plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Use either the riderblock or the centre-block method.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A doubletree intermediate support is rigged complying with the requirements of the Handbook section 9.5.2.3 and the operational plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A tailtree is rigged complying with the requirements of the Handbook section 9.5.3 and the operational plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Safe work practices are adhered to during rigging. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Intermediate supports (riderblock method or centre-block method and double-tree method), tailtrees.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Rig a tower. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All personal protective equipment required, is checked for functionality and used in terms of company policy and legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Rigging equipment is checked for completeness, suitability, serviceability and corrective action is taken, if required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The yarder is directed and positioned according to the Handbook section 9.5.1 and the operational plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Position, level, outriggers.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The tower is raised according to manufacturer's specifications or according to the Handbook section 9.5.1. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Guidelines are tensioned and attached to anchors according to the Handbook. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Rigging requirements for the tower are met according to the Handbook and manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Safe work practices are adhered to throughout rigging. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Set up the working cables for a highlead configuration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All personal protective equipment required, is checked for functionality and used in terms of company policy and legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The rigging of the yarder and the haulback line block/s are checked to comply with the Handbook. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The working cables are placed in position and secured according to the Handbook section 9.5.6.2. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Functioning of working cables are checked by extracting loads. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safe work practices are adhered to throughout the operation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Set up a cable yarder in standing skyline configuration where an intermediate support is used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All personal protective equipment required, is checked for functionality and used in terms of company policy and legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The rigging of the yarder and tailtree is checked to comply with the Handbook. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The working cables and carriage are placed in position and secured. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The rigging and support jack of the intermediate support is checked to comply with the Handbook. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Functioning of rigging and working cables are checked by extracting loads. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safe work practices are demonstrated throughout the operation. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers of learning and assessors must be accredited in terms of the requirements of the Forest Industries Education and Training Authority.

    Moderation: The moderation requirements of the Forest Industries Education and Training Authority must be met. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names and functions of:
  • Various types of anchors
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Rigging equipment
  • Supports
  • Tailtrees

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties of:
  • Various types of anchors
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Rigging equipment
  • Supports
  • Tailtrees

    Sensory cues:
  • What I see, feel and hear during the process

    Purpose of:
  • Anchors
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Rigging equipment
  • Supports
  • Tailtrees
  • Haulback line block/s
  • Standing skyline configuration

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Standard operating procedures: "Guidelines for Forest Engineering Practices in South Africa" (FESA)
  • South African Cable Yarding Safety and Operating Handbook - Second edition,
  • Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) legislation

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Pertaining to all operational requirements

    Relationships, systems:
  • Between the operational requirements, tools and equipment to ensure safe and productive operations 

  • 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 operational requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others
  • When interacting with team members and colleagues during the planning, preparation, and completion of all the required operations 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities
  • When checking all tools, rigging and personal protective equipment
  • When managing resources and my time 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • When performing all task related duties with team members 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically
  • When using special tools and rigging 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 the operational requirements 

  • 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  48988   National Certificate: Forestry: Timber Harvesting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


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