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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Extract timber to a landing using a cable yarder in a production situation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117080  Extract timber to a landing using a cable yarder in a production situation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Forestry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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  10 
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 extract timber to a landing using a cable yarder in a production situation. People credited with this unit are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the cable yarder.
  • Prepare and start-up the cable yarder for extraction.
  • Prepare for extraction.
  • Operate a cable yarder to extract timber to a landing in a production situation.
  • Shut-down and maintain a cable yarder after use. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic safety in forestry operations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of wire ropes, rigging accessories, anchor systems and rigging in cable yarding operations.
  • Prepare anchors, rig intermediate supports, tailtrees & a tower and set up working cables for a cable yarding operation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cable yarder extraction. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Competence can be demonstrated on either highleads or skylines. Demonstration of competence will take place "on the job" in a production situation. Competence can be demonstrated either on tree lengths or log lengths or bundles 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the cable yarder. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety features on the cable yarder are identified and their purpose explained according to manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Consequences of overloading and operating the yarder outside its capacity are explained in terms of the effect on safety and damage to the machine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Maximum loading capacity of the cable yarder and wire ropes is explained in terms of manufacturer's requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Service intervals are stated in terms of manufacturer's requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Yarder and carriage.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare and start-up the cable yarder for extraction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools and equipment required, are checked for completeness and serviceability and corrective action, is taken if required. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Fire extinguisher, grease gun, tools as required for specific operations.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Pre-start checks procedures are performed according to appropriate checklist. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Appropriate checklist is any one or a combination of the following:
  • Manufacturer's checklist
  • Company specific checklist
  • Checklist in 10.1.1 of the Handbook.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Checklist is completed and corrective action is taken, if required, to ensure compliance with manufacturer's specifications and the Handbook. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Corrective action includes repairing and/or reporting.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Machine is started according to manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Warning from machine indicators and gauges are explained, corrective actions are described and the consequences of failing to address are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Corrective action is taken according to manufacturer's requirements if warnings from indicators and gauges are received. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Corrective action includes repairing and/or reporting.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    "After start-up but before yarding commences procedures are performed according to the Handbook section 10.1.2. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    "Raising and lowering of cables" procedures are performed according to the Handbook section 10.2 if applicable to the configuration used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Safe work practices are adhered to throughout preparation and start-up. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare for extraction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safe yarding procedures are explained according to the Handbook section 11. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Only those applicable to the yarder operator and the specific cable yarding configuration.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Common hazards during haul-out, choking, break-out, haul-in, landing and dechoking are explained according to the Handbook section 11. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety requirements applicable to the specific extraction operation are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All personal protective equipment required, is checked for functionality and used in terms of company policy and legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Operational requirements are explained in terms of extraction routes, landing locations, special management zones and timber flow and production target. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Work area is checked for hazards and corrective action taken according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Operate a cable yarder to extract timber to a landing in a production situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Yarder is controlled within safe operating limits specified by the manufacturer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Yarder performance is monitored and corrective action taken, if required, according to manufacturer's requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Corrective action includes repairing and/or reporting.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Instructions are performed complying with the instructions received from the choker setter and dechoker person. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Operating procedures and safety requirements are adhered to throughout the operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Haul-out, choking, breaking-out, haul-in, landing and dechoking.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Extraction is performed to meet operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Timber damage and breakage are minimised, extraction complements other phases of the operation, work rate meets predetermined production target, planned extraction routes are used, timber is released and positioned on the landing as arranged.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Shut-down and maintain a cable yarder after use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Machine shut-down procedures are demonstrated according to manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Daily maintenance is performed according to appropriate checklist. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Appropriate checklist is any one or a combination of the following:
  • Manufacturer's checklist
  • Company specific checklist.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Checklist is completed and corrective action is taken, if required, to ensure compliance with manufacturer's specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Corrective action includes repairing and/or reporting.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safe work practices are adhered to throughout shut-down and daily maintenance. 


    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:
  • Tools and equipment
  • Machine warning indicators and gauges
  • Personal protective equipment

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties of:
  • The cable yarder
  • Safety features on the cable yarder
  • Common hazards
  • Operational requirements in respect of specific operations

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

    Purpose of:
  • Understanding the cable yarder and its features
  • Cable yarder
  • Pre-start check procedures
  • Checklists

    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:
  • Following shut down procedures
  • Daily maintenance
  • Checking the work area

    Relationships, systems:
  • Operational requirements in relation to extraction routes, landing locations, special management zones, timber flow and production target. 

  • 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 extracting timber to a landing using a cable yarder 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others
  • When interacting with team members and colleagues during the planning, preparation, and operation of the cable yarder 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities
  • When learning and understanding the operation of the cable yarder
  • When managing resources and my time 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • When completing and processing check sheets
  • When performing daily maintenance 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically
  • When selecting the tools and 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 


    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.
     
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