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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Inspect, use and care for manual lifting equipment and tackle 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253575  Inspect, use and care for manual lifting equipment and tackle 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 standard is for learners within the mechanical handling (rigging) field and focuses on lifting equipment and tackle, other than fibre and wire ropes and mechanical handling devices.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Identify and explain the application of manual lifting equipment and tackle.
  • Inspect manual lifting equipment and tackle.
  • Use manual lifting equipment and tackle.
  • Maintain, care and store manual lifting equipment and tackle.

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of any learner by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field mechanical handling (rigging). The knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated in this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the broader engineering environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    This unit standard has been designed as part of a progression. It is one of a series of unit standards for learners in the mechanical handling or related engineering environment.

    The credits allocated to this unit standard assume that a learner has already learned to use hand tools, in order to apply knowledge and skills in a wide range of workshop processes. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    General guide for scope, context and level for the purpose of learning and assessment:

    Manual lifting equipment and tackle, includes:

    Slings, rope, shackles, eye bolts, spreader and equalising beams, clamps, pulley systems, chain blocks and lever hoists, winches, tirfors and auxiliary rigging accessories, namely:
  • Jacks, "skids", "skates" and "sliding shoes", rollers, cradle timbers, chocks and wedges, packers, fish-plates and bolts, feeler gauges, rigging screws, turn buckles.

    Inspection and the checking of lifting equipment and tackle, is confined to visual inspection, which include:
  • Identification (eg. work load limits/WWL and safe working load /SWL; identification number).
  • All defects and "discard" criteria.
  • Functionality.

    Environment contexts include but are not limited to:
  • Manufacturing and Engineering (Metals, Plastics, Tyre and Rubber, Electrical Power Generation, Automotive Manufacturing).
  • Chemical and Petrochemical.
  • Mining.
  • Transport (Maritime, Road, Rail and Aviation).
  • Civil Engineering and Construction.
  • Food and Beverages.
  • Other engineering-related industry sectors.

    The learner should be able to:
  • Work autonomously with minimal supervision and according to worksite and manufacturer specifications and occupational safety, health and environmental legislation.
  • Work in a workshop, plant or underground environment with varying levels of light, space and safety risks.
  • Work in a team environment.

    Reference to legislative requirements cover a broad context, and may include Occupational, Health and Safety Act; Driven Machinery Act; Mine Health and Safety Act; The Maritime Occupational Safety Regulations, 1994.

    Safe control and storage, includes maintaining a record of usage, cleaning and general storage methods.

    Learning context:
  • Formal, informal learning and RPL can be obtained for this unit standard.
  • The learner should be assessed under supervision.

    Level:

    Level (for Level 2).

    A learning programme leading to the awarding of this unit standard should develop learners who demonstrate:
  • Ability to carry out moderate tasks that are familiar.
  • Ability to offer a clear choice of routine responses.
  • Basic operational knowledge base as indicated in the embedded knowledge component and that are readily available.
  • An understanding of known solutions to familiar problems with little generation of new ideas.
  • Ability to work under direct supervision with some responsibility. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and explain the application of manual lifting equipment and tackle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Various types of manual lifting equipment and tackle and their application are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Basic and major components of lifting equipment and tackle are identified, and the function and purpose is correctly explained according to industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The correct methods and techniques are applied and the consequences of unsafe use, is discussed and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Terms and definitions are consistent with generally accepted mechanical handling terminology. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Inspect manual lifting equipment and tackle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The correct identification markings are identified and explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Identification may include eg. work load limits/WWL and safe working load/SWL; identification number.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All defects are identified and causes thereof are discussed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Defects also include "discard" criteria.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The manual lifting equipment and tackle is checked for serviceability in accordance with standard regulatory and worksite practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Documentation is completed according to regulatory and work-site practices. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Use manual lifting equipment and tackle. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    The learner is required to demonstrate competence in lifting, positioning and securing structural objects (steel, timber, pre-cast concrete or other similar materials), machinery and/or machine components which are commonly handled within a variety of industrial environments.

    For the purpose of assessment, work instructions may consist of an assessment exercise which may include:
  • A work instruction or jobbing sheet.
  • And/or work drawings. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The scope and precise nature of the lifting task is explained, in accordance with work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Pre-operational checks are carried out in accordance with work instruction sheet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The lifting equipment and tackle is used in accordance with manufacturers' design specifications and standard work-site practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety precautions are applied and adhered to, according to applicable legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Control and safety measures include but are not limited to:
  • Obstacles, wind conditions, tidal conditions, final resting place, design specifications, stability, etc.

    Safe working practices include but are not limited to:
  • Site access, communication and signalling methods, centre of gravity of load, safety nets, static lines, fall arrest systems.
  • Due care for the safety of personnel is taken into account.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The load is not damaged and its final position conforms to work instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    For the purpose of learning and assessment:

    Manual lifting equipment and tackle, includes slings, rope, shackles, eye bolts, spreader and equalising beams, clamps, pulley systems, chain blocks and lever hoists, winches, tirfors and auxiliary rigging accessories, namely:
  • Jacks, "skids", "skates" and "sliding shoes", rollers, cradle timbers, chocks and wedges, packers, fish-plates and bolts, feeler gauges, rigging screws, turn buckles.

    Inspection and the checking of lifting equipment and tackle, is confined to visual inspection, which include:
  • Identification (example, work load limits/WWL and safe working load/SWL; identification number).
  • All defects and "discard" criteria.
  • Functionality.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Maintain, care and store manual lifting equipment and tackle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Lifting equipment, tackle and related accessories are dismantled and stored in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and work-site requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information regarding the use of the lifting equipment, tackle and related accessories is recorded in accordance with regulations and accepted worksite practice. 


    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 in terms of the criteria laid down by the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names & functions of:
  • Lifting equipment, tackle and related accessories.
  • Lifting equipment and tackle components.
  • Personal protective equipment.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Different types of loads.
  • Characteristics of different types of lifting equipment and tackle.
  • Common defects.
  • Hazards.

    Sensory cues:
  • Visual observance and vigilance.

    Purpose of:
  • Lifting equipment and tackle.
  • Safety checks.
  • Quality checks.

    Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Implications of using incorrect lifting equipment and tackle.
  • Implications of ignoring lifting equipment and tackle defects.
  • Implications of not following lifting equipment and tackle checking procedures.
  • Implications of not preparing adequately.
  • Implications of not caring for tackle.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Preparation procedures for using lifting equipment and tackle in assisting to lift and move a load.
  • Techniques related to the safe use of lifting equipment and tackle.
  • Preparation of the load.
  • Methods for the safe storage of lifting equipment and tackle.
  • Safety procedures.
  • Procedures for maintaining and recording the status of lifting equipment and tackle and accessories.
  • Quality procedures.
  • Recording and reporting procedures.
  • Methods and measures for the safe control of loads during lifting procedure.
  • Materials and methods used for fixing, anchoring, bracing, supporting and securing loads.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental protection legislation and standards.
  • Driven Machinery Act.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act.

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Applicable basic lifting theory related to the safe use of lifting equipment and tackle.
  • Calculations related to safe working load (SWL) and safe load limit (SLL).
  • Standard formulas for calculation of mass of final loads on the hook.
  • Safety principles governing the use of lifting equipment and tackle.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Relationship of the load to the use of appropriate lifting equipment and tackle.
  • Relationship of power to weight as a ratio.
  • Relationship between safety, lifting or moving a load efficiently and productivity.
  • Quality of workmanship. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Recognise problems while lifting or moving a load and responding appropriately.
  • Recognise and correct defects. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work together with others:
  • Participate in efforts of workgroup. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • Plan the sequence of operations based on job instructions and set up tackle appropriately. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Interpret information off job instructions and make decisions based on that information.
  • Identify cutting defects. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Provide feedback on outcome of work to appropriate personnel. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Understanding of forces, moments about a force, load, gravitational acceleration, rotational frequency and torque. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Relationship between mechanical handling and the broader engineering environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following general 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 assessments at title level are 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, directness, authenticity, sufficiency, openness and consistency. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    It must be noted that the competencies derived from learning to use and inspect lifting equipment and tackle do not include load testing or inspection which results in the certification of equipment. It is generally understood that this is the responsibility of authorised inspector of lifting machinery. Inspection is therefore confined to visual inspection.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    Credits may be obtained by applying to an accredited/approved training provider/institution in order to have prior learning recognised in lieu of past work experience. Past experience must relate to the specific outcomes contained within this unit standard. The ensuing assessment of candidates seeking recognition of prior learning should not be so onerous as to deter them from doing so. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59729   National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging)  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. GIJIMA HOLDINGS PTY LTD 
    2. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    3. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 
    4. Tubular Holdings (Pty) Ltd (EMALAHLENI) (TP) 
    5. West Coast Industrial Training Institute 



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