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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Secure a load for transportation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253601  Secure a load for transportation 
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) industry and focuses on the competencies required to secure a load for transportation.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Identify, discuss and explain securing methods.
  • Plan and prepare to secure a load for transportation.
  • Secure the load.
  • Inspect the secured load.
  • Maintain, care and store equipment. 

  • 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, is able to inspect and use manual lifting equipment and tackle and is able to work safely. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    General guide for scope, context and level of this unit standard.

    For the purpose of learning and assessment:
  • Securing methods are dependent on type of load and varies between normal to abnormal loads.
  • Securing equipment includes the use of lifting equipment, tackle, belts, straps and chains.
  • Transport vehicle load-platforms include conventional and articulated trailers (example, pipe-trailers and low-beds)

    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, discuss and explain securing methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Securing methods are explained, and their purpose is discussed in terms of safety legislation and work-site practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods and techniques include:
  • Methods and techniques are related to load-type.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of one method or technique over the other.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of the unsafe securing methods, is discussed and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Terms and definitions used are consistent with generally accepted mechanical handling terminology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Communication techniques during lifting and moving the load, are explained in terms of generally accepted industry practice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan and prepare to secure the load. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The planning and preparation of securing the load is explained, in accordance with work instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Securing equipment and resources are correct for the task, available on site by the agreed time, and checked for serviceability in accordance with regulatory and worksite practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Resources include mechanical handling equipment, support materials, applicable documentation and personal protective equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The transport vehicle is appropriate, in terms of load-bearing capacity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Lifting space is cleared, potential obstructions are removed and personnel are notified, prior to the lifting task. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Pre-operational checks are carried out on securing equipment, in accordance with work instruction. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The load is lifted, positioned and secured in accordance with job specifications and standard work-site practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Safety precautions are applied and adhered to, in accordance with legislation requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safe working practices include but are not limited to:
  • Site access, communication and signal methods and centre of gravity of load.

    Due care for the safety of personnel is taken into account.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Personnel are allocated to specific positions in order to lift, position and secure the load safely. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    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.
  • Permit conditions.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Inspect the load. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The load is inspected for stability and its end position conforms to safety requirements and work-site practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The load is inspected, prior to being transported and it is examined to ensure that it does not present a hazard to the safety of persons. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The secure nature of the load conforms to road safety regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The load is inspected to ensure that all securing equipment is used within accepted standards without causing damage. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Maintain, care and store equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Lifting equipment is cleaned and stored in accordance with regulatory requirements and worksite practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The proper care and storage procedures for lifting equipment is explained in accordance with work site practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information regarding the use of lifting equipment, 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:
  • Techniques for securing loads.
  • Tools, equipment and other resources.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Different types of applications of securing methods.
  • Characteristics of different types of securing methods.
  • Common defects.
  • Hazards.

    Sensory cues:
  • Visual observance.
  • Alertness.

    Purpose of:
  • Different types of securing methods.
  • Safety checks.
  • Quality checks.

    Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Implications of incorrect securing methods.
  • Implications of ignoring safety requirements.
  • Implications of not preparing adequately.
  • Implications of not caring for lifting equipment.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Preparation procedures for using methods to secure a load.
  • Techniques related to safe securing methods.
  • Preparing to lift, position and secure a load.
  • Methods for the safe securing methods.
  • Safety procedures.
  • Procedures for maintaining records of lifting and moving tasks w.r.t securing a load for transportation.
  • Quality procedures.
  • Recording and reporting procedures.
  • Methods and measures for the safe control of loads during lifting procedures.
  • 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.
  • Other related regulations.

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

    Relationships, systems:
  • Relationship of the load to the use of appropriate securing methods.
  • 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, positioning and securing 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 procedures for lifting, positioning and securing a load. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Interpret information off job instructions and make decisions based on that information.
  • Identify potential hazards related to lifting, positioning and securing a load. 

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

  • 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 
    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  59730   National Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    2. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.