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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct advanced tower crane operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116981  Conduct advanced tower crane operations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20 
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 
Demonstrating knowledge of the functions of tower cranes and their attachments; planning and preparing for on-site operations; erecting tower cranes on site; conduct tower crane operations; carrying out documentation; carrying out daily and weekly checks and servicing; and moving tower crane from site to site.

The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key developmental interface between learners and new competencies to be achieved.

Learners who master the applied competence described in this unit standard will contribute to the development of a professional community of Civil Engineering Construction Crane Operators who are able to competently use science and technology when applying operation techniquesThe contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners will be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby receive recognition for previous learning and experience. This in turn will enhance the employability and career prospects of learners employed in this sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • NQF Level 2 Numeracy and NQF Level 2 Literacy
  • Prerequisite Unit Standard: Operate A Tower Crane NQF Level 2 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Preparation of worksite includes but is not limited to:
  • Levelling ground, checking soil conditions, establishing positions of existing services
    In the range of a rated capacity in excess of 50 Tons.

    Factors influencing safety and suitability of a crane:
  • Stability
  • Suitability
  • State of repair
  • Proximity of other machines and workers

    Statutory requirements include but are not limited to:
  • Relevant Code of practice
  • Safety, Health & Environmental legislation
  • Local Provincial authority requirements

    Further Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan work activity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Job instructions are interpreted correctly and a sequence of operations is determined according to worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Worksite procedures include but are not limited to manufacturer's procedures, Crane operation manuals and site operational requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Plans are developed to eliminate, avoid/neutralise all identified risks in accordance with safety regulations, legislation and site specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All tools and attachments required for the work activity are selected and checked to be functional and ready for use according to job requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Crane attachments include all permanent and removable standard components.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Alternative or complementary equipment is identified in terms of the required task. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Alternative/complimentary equipment includes all equipment that could be used to perform the same or similar tasks.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Affected parties are informed and liaised with according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences of not liaising with the appropriate parties are explained in terms of disruption to work. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare work area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Work area is inspected and prepared according to worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Worksite procedures include but are not limited to manufacturer's procedures, operators manuals and site operational requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reasons for inspections and preparation are defined in terms of safety and work flow. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety of working area is ensured according to statutory requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Statutory requirements include but are not limited to:
  • OHS Act
  • Environmental legislation
  • Local Provincial authority requirements
  • Code of Practice
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Descriptions of the procedures to be followed to ensure the safety of the work area are described in terms of the elimination of potential hazards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Personal Protective Equipment is used according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences of not correctly using Personal Protective Equipment are explained in terms of potential danger to self and others. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct tower crane operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tower crane is placed in the optimal position to lift and place loads in accordance with company procedures and crane manufacturer's recommendations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Height, boom position, boom angle, radius, weather conditions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Consequences of incorrectly positioning Tower Crane and not following correct sequences are explained in terms of potential damage to machine and safety hazards to self and others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Personnel assisting with the lift are in their respective positions ready to conduct their tasks in accordance with company procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Riggers, slingers.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Load is confirmed as correctly attached, crane takes the weight, and then load is lifted and placed using crane manufacturer's instructions and company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Unexpected circumstances are dealt with according to worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Unexpected circumstances are when the specific crane is no longer suitable for the required task or can no longer operate efficiently and safely.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safe working procedures are followed according to statutory requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Statutory requirements include but are not limited to:
  • OHS Act
  • Environmental legislation
  • Local Provincial authority requirements
  • Code of Practice
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Consequences of unsafe acts are explained in terms of the potential effect on the safety of self and others and penalties imposed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Carry out documentation, required checks and servicing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Documentation is completed in accordance with company procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes but is not limited to - log books, records, job sheets, crane equipment inventories, maintenance requests.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Daily crane checks and servicing are carried out in accordance with equipment manufacturers' recommendations and company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Weekly crane checks and servicing are carried out in accordance with equipment manufacturers' recommendations and company procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Move tower crane from site to site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Customer and/or company liaison and on site assessment are carried out according to company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Statutory requirements, local body regulations, and any other special requirements are identified and actions initiated to deal with them following company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Personnel involved and/or affected by the move are notified in accordance with company procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Nature and type of load, site conditions, access arrangements, hazards, types of applicable statutory regulations, people inside and outside the organisation that may be involved or have an influence.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Site is prepared to allow assembly and appropriate positioning in accordance with company procedures, equipment manufacturers' requirements, and Occupational, Health and Safety Act and relevant Code of Practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Access, site plan, levelling, obstructions, effective crane radius.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Crane components and equipment identified for the task are prepared and transported to site in accordance with equipment manufacturers' requirements and company procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Handling, dunnage, storage, load security, pilot requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Hazards are identified in accordance with company risk assessment procedures. 


    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 CETA-ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the CETA-ETQA.
  • CETA-ETQA or other ETQA's who have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with CETA-ETQA would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Tower crane operating procedures and main functions of all major components and systems
  • The maximum operating capacities of the designed working capabilities.
  • Statutory requirements including the Relevant Code of practice and Safety, Health & Environmental legislation
  • Recognized hand signals (and other methods of communication) to direct the crane movements.
  • Selection of crane against environmental restraints. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems.

    Outcome:
  • Conduct Tower Crane Operations

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Unexpected circumstances are dealt with according to worksite procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others

    Outcome:
  • Plan Work Activity

    Assessment Criteria:
  • The consequences of not liaising with the appropriate parties are explained in terms of disruption to work. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management.

    Outcome:
  • Carry out Documentation, Required Checks and Servicing.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Documentation is completed in accordance with company procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information.

    Outcome:
  • Plan Work Activity

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Job instructions are interpreted correctly and a sequence of operations is determined according to worksite procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively.

    Outcome:
  • Plan Work Activity

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Affected parties are informed and liaised with according to worksite procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence.

    Outcome:
  • Conduct Tower Crane Operations

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Load is confirmed as correctly attached, crane takes the weight, and then load is lifted and placed using crane manufacturer's instructions and company procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand contextual world-systems.

    Outcomes:
  • Prepare Work Area

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Safety of working area is ensured according to statutory 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  49080   National Certificate: Construction: Advanced Crane Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  64829   National Certificate: Lifting Machine Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  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) 
    3. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 
    4. TRANSVAAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION 
    5. Transvaal Training 



    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.