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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate a floating crane 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260763  Operate a floating crane 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 3  NQF Level 03  12 
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 
Operating a floating crane takes place within a regulatory framework that seeks to ensure safety of the operator, the crane itself and its environment. Floating cranes are inherently dangerous; hence, their safe operation cannot be overstated. The learner will also acquire the competencies and skills to operate the components, systems and joy sticks to accomplish the task of lifting and handling loads appropriately. The aspects of safety and communication during the lifting operation are covered.

It is important that the learners operate floating cranes using the competencies in this Unit Standard and in keeping with the requirements of the National Code of Practice (NCOP) for the Evaluation of Training Providers for Floating crane Operators (Government Gazette 27292 - 18 February 2005).

Learners credited with this standard will be capable of:
  • Discussing and applying the regulatory framework for operating floating cranes.
  • Describing the floating crane to be operated.
  • Demonstrating mechanical awareness of the selected machine.
  • Inspecting the selected floating crane.
  • Handling loads with a floating crane.
  • Operating the floating crane. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • The New Unit Standard 'Demonstrate mechanical awareness of lifting machines'. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Discuss and apply the regulatory framework for operating floating cranes. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Includes but is not limited to relevant sections of current legislation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Sections 8, 13 and 14), General Safety Regulation 2, General Safety Regulation 9 and Driven Machinery Regulations 18 and the NCOP. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The responsibility of the employer and employees regarding health and safety are explained in terms of the legal obligations on both parties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of the right to information is explained to ensure that health and safety issues are not compromised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The regulations pertaining to personal protective equipment (PPE) are explained and applied to ensure that appropriate precautions are taken in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The regulation pertaining to loading a ship and moving cargo to and from the ship is explained and applied to ensure safety of self and others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The regulation pertaining to driven machinery are explained and applied to maintain the safety of the floating crane environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Fundamental knowledge of the NCOP is applied during the use of floating cranes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The code of practice and safety procedures of the organisation are described to ascertain whether they are in conformity with the regulatory framework for floating cranes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the floating crane to be operated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The floating cranes are described to demonstrate detailed knowledge of the different types of cranes in this category. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Types refers to the various types of cranes within the crane categories, in terms of the NCOP.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The functionality of and the context within which the floating crane can be operated are discussed to demonstrate knowledge of the use of this machine at the appropriate level. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The limitations, capabilities and capacities of the Floating crane to be operated are explained to ensure that it is used according to manufacturer's instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate mechanical awareness of the machine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The major components of the floating crane are identified and described in terms of their functions in the operation of the machine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The systems of the floating crane are described in terms of their features, functions and inter-relatedness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The instrumentation of the floating crane is explained in terms of their functions and what the operator must do in case of a deviation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Instrumentation includes gauges, indicators, warning devices.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The operation of the joy sticks, controls and safety devices is explained and monitored in order to maintain safety during operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The attachment/s of the floating crane is/are used as per manufacturer's instruction and standard operating procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The attachment/s of the floating crane include:
  • Hooks, chains, car gear, spreader beams, pallets, trays.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Inspect the floating crane. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pre-start checks are performed to ensure that the floating crane is safe for operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Start up procedure is performed according to manufacture's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Shut-down procedure is performed to ensure the floating crane is serviceable for the next operator/shift. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The floating crane is maintained according to manufacturer's instruction and standard operation procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Problems are recorded and reported according to standard operating procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Apply the recognised methods for inspecting and recording the operational fitness of all components of the crane (e.g. structural components, hydraulic systems, cab, fastenings, ropes/chains etc). 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Handle loads with a floating crane. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Handle includes identifying, hoisting, lowering, luffing and slewing of loads. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The physical properties of a load are identified and described according to criteria. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Criteria include but are not limited to density, dimensions, centre of gravity, stability of a suspended load.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate attachment/s for the load type, if applicable, are selected and used as per manufacturer's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Specific loads are handled according to standard operating procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The operational capability of lifting equipment is assessed to ensure safety. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes but is not limited to correct SWL of slings.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Operate the floating crane. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Principles of operations/leverage are explained and applied to ensure safe and effective lifting operation (crane movement whilst crane with load is facing wharf side or ship side). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Load capacity of the floating crane and its load are determined as per standard operating procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safe operating procedures are complied with to ensure safety of people, machines and the environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Procedures include emergency procedures, procedures to deal with hazardous materials when being handled by the operator.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The machine is operated according to its load capacity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Communication skills are used during operation of a floating crane. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    React to recognised hand, bat and radio signals (and other methods of communication) and to direct the crane movements accordingly, whilst considering and/or adjusting to circumstances in the interests of safety. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Communication skills include bat, hand signals and radio communications.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation and the relevant section of the NCOP.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual Unit Standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE