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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operating cranes 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
8039  Operating cranes 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
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 
A learner accredited with this standard will be able to demonstrate an integrated practical and theoretical grounding in Crane Operations according to safe handling and maintenance practices in compliance with crane manufacturer`s and legislated standards. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • NQF 1 or General Education and Training Certificate;
  • Occupational Health, Safety and General Housekeeping;
  • Taking Basic Care of Freight Handling Machinery.

    It is preferable that the driver be declared physically fit and have completed an eyesight test from an accredited practitioner and an industry recognised depth perception and hand-eye co-ordination test. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The applied competence expressed in this standard cover a range of crane types (capacity and functionality) used in familiar operational functions in any industry context, and in a range of environmental conditions (e.g. poor weather). The learner has significant responsibility for efficiency (safety and capacity of output - volume and speed) of practice. Limited discretion and judgement are required for solving largely familiar problems. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the safety and suitability of a crane prior to utilisation thereof. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Identify the safety and suitability of crane prior to utilisation thereof, giving cognisance to freight characteristics, equipment manufacturers' requirements and environmental conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different types of cranes are identified and their main components, specific purpose or usage and their safety aspects, described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The concepts of slings, centre of gravity and eccentric loading are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The safe use of wire rope, strapping, nylon rope, chain slings, eyebolt installation and shackles is explained and demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The load to be lifted is assessed in terms of type and proposed weight distribution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The crane required for the job is selected according to the environmental conditions, freight type and safe working load. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply recognised methods for inspecting and recording the operational fitness of all components. 
    OUTCOME 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, outriggers, ropes/chains etc) with reference to safety procedures in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose, function and safety aspects of the gantry, crane-bridge and grab are explained and the relevant operating controls are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The procedure for checking the operational integrity of the overhead crane is explained and demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The result of the safety check of components is recorded according to standard operating procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of components includes, but is not limited to: Gantry, crane-bridge, grab, hydraulic systems, cab, fastenings, out-riggings, chains, ropes, slings, safe working loads.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The required documentation is completed and submitted prior to mounting the crane. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    React to recognised hand signals. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    React to recognised hand 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 CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of accurate communication during lifting operation and moving operations is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Hand communication signals are demonstrated and defined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Crane operation according to recognised hand signals is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The need for alternative methods of communication is explained and examples of such methods are given and demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Operate the crane in a safe and competent manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety checks are meticulously carried out and any abnormality is immediately reported. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All specifications are adhered to at all times. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Constant vigilance is maintained in terms of signals and no unconfirmed actions are carried out. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The shut-down and anchoring procedures are meticulously followed prior to exiting the crane and confirmation thereof recorded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    All maintenance checks are carried out according to manufacturers' specifications and any faults or malfunctions are recorded and reported for immediate relevant attention. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The driven machinery Regulations pertaining to occupational health and safety are explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited by the Freight Handling Chamber of the Transport SETA and/or relevant ETQA.

    3. Moderation of assessment will be done by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learner can understand, explain and apply:

    1. The relevant certification from a legislated "competent authority" verifying the safety of the crane.

    2. The pre-operational and operational and `close down` checks for the components of a crane.

    3. Different lifting equipment (e.g. cranston hooks, spreader bars, chain/wire slings, cargo trays etc) that can be used for the lifting of different freight in various conditions and applications (e.g. abnormal loads).

    4. Various crane types, with variances in application.

    5. Safe slinging methods that can be used depending on package type.

    6. The relevant legislation (e.g. ILO requirements, Occupational Health and Safety Act etc) and international standards pertaining to lifting equipment and safety.

    7. The principles of lifting weights and the variances of safe capacities according to load distance tables (e.g. Manufacturer`s specifications).

    8. Nationally and internationally recognised hand signals used for Cranes. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and react in a safe and competent manner in an emergency situation.

    Identify and solve potential mechanical faults before and during operation and decide on corrective measures that may be required.

    Identify and implement corrective actions required to prevent hazardous/dangerous/dangerous situations arising (e.g. weather, light conditions, noise etc). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work efficiently with others and in teams by demonstrating initiative in selecting the most appropriate means of communication with work colleagues to facilitate efficient and safe freight handling. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate knowledge of various load weight, size and type for the purpose of selecting and utilising the most appropriate (safe and efficient) method of operating. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate initiative in selecting the most appropriate crane types, gear and equipment dependent on freight type and environmental conditions.

    Demonstrate and understand the internal and external interdependencies in adaptation of operational procedures pertaining to efficiency and safe working practices to suit environmental and equipment constraints. 

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

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  24198   National Certificate: Construction Material Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  35941   National Certificate: Pulp and paper Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-02-11  Was FPMSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  22991   National Certificate: Refractories Installation  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  48794   National Certificate in Quality Checking of Tyres and Tyre Components  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  21005   National Certificate: Automotive Component Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-11-01  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  71989   National Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  24196   National Certificate: Construction Material Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  58862   National Certificate: Electro-Mechanical Winding  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  58720   National Certificate: Engineering Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  22870   National Certificate: Engineering Fabrication (light or heavy)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2007-08-16  MERSETA 
    Elective  14574   National Certificate: Freight Handling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2006-12-03  TETA 
    Elective  23258   National Certificate: Industrial Rubber Manufacturing: Mixing OR Extruding OR Moulding OR Calendaring  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2011-02-16  MERSETA 
    Elective  64829   National Certificate: Lifting Machine Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  23274   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-06-25  MERSETA 
    Elective  23255   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting and Machining  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  23278   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-10-22  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  91926   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  23280   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Tooling Manufacture  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-10-22  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  22771   National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-07-29  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  67609   National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  79666   National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  21015   National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2011-02-16  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  64190   National Certificate: Metals Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  49019   National Certificate: Metals Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-04-07   
    Elective  49449   National Certificate: Plastics Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  20889   National Certificate: Plastics Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2005-04-13  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  36155   National Certificate: Polymer Composite Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  79407   National Certificate: Polymer Compound Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  21012   National Certificate: Power and Telecommunication Cable Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  57899   National Certificate: Printing and Manufacture of Packaging  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Elective  13716   National Certificate: Professional Driving  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2006-06-29  TETA 
    Elective  50285   National Certificate: Professional Driving  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  35939   National Certificate: Pulp and Paper Woodyard Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-02-01  Was FPMSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  49400   National Certificate: Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturing (Seamless Hot-Finished OR Welded OR Cold-Formed)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  24217   National Certificate: Thermoplastic Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  48798   National Certificate: Tyre and Tyre Component Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  48795   National Certificate: Tyre Assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  57886   National Certificate: Welding Application and Practice  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  24213   National Certificate: Welding Application and Practice  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2006-12-03  MERSETA 
    Elective  48644   Further Education and Training Certificate: Paper, Board or Tissue Manufacturing  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-02-11  Was FPMSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  48645   Further Education and Training Certificate: Pulp and Paper Chemical Recovery  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-02-11  Was FPMSETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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. Africa International Training Facilities T/A AITF (BREDELL) (TP) 
    2. AFROPEAN DIAMONDS PTY LTD T/A FINSCH DIAMOND MINE 
    3. Agisanang SA Training 
    4. AIR TRAINING CONSULTING & SERVICES 
    5. ALLOYS HEAD OFFICE 
    6. Alvern Cables (Pty) Ltd (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    7. Andebe Training and Skills Development 
    8. ANGLO PLATINUM - ENGINEERING SKILLS TRAINING CENTRE 
    9. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    10. Arcelor Mittal Steel Vanderbijlpark 
    11. ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (VANDERBIJLPARK) (TP) 
    12. Aspidus 209 T/A 3D Solutions (UITENHAGE) (TP) 
    13. Barloworld South Africa (Pty) Ltd T/A Barloworld-Equipment (ISANDO) (T 
    14. Belique Training Centre cc (ALBERTON) (TP) 
    15. Bell Equipment Co SA Pty Ltd - Manufacturing Division 
    16. Bell Equipment Company SA (Pty) Ltd (ALTON) (TP) 
    17. Bevline Mechanical Projects (Pty) Ltd (PROSPECTON) (TP) 
    18. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu 
    19. BMW SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    20. Boland Public FET College - Worcester Campus 
    21. BPC HR Solutions (PRETORIA) (TP) 
    22. Bravospace 139 cc T/A Metro Skills Academy (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    23. Bridgestone South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Brits Plant (BRITS) (TP) 
    24. Bridgestone South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Isando Branch (ISANDO) (TP) 
    25. Bridgestone South Africa (Pty) Ltd - PE Plant (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    26. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    27. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Umbumbulu Campus 
    28. College of Production Technology 
    29. COLLIERY TRAINING COLLEGE (PTY) LTD 
    30. Continental Tyres SA (Pty) Ltd (NEW BRIGHTON) (TP) 
    31. Culmen Consultants cc 
    32. DMP Training (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    33. Driving Sense 
    34. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    35. Eastcape Training Centre 
    36. ERGO BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY NPC 
    37. EXXARO COAL (PTY) LTD 
    38. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    39. Further Education Trade Training 
    40. FVW Welding Academy(Johannesburg) (TP) 
    41. Gert Sibande Public FET College - Standerton Campus 
    42. Gijima AST Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Fundi Training Centre (BENONI) (TP) 
    43. Goldee Trading Academy 176 
    44. Goodyear SA (Pty) Ltd (UITENHAGE) (TP) 
    45. HARMONY GOLD MINING CO LTD 
    46. HV Consultants (Pty) Ltd (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    47. IMPALA PLATINUM SERVICES LTD 
    48. Industries Education & Training Institute (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    49. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE - PE TTC 
    50. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE - PORT ELIZABETH 
    51. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
    52. Jericho Safety Consultants (Pty) Ltd (TP) 
    53. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    54. Masiqhame Trading 81 cc T/A Kim's Welding School (AUSTERVILLE) (TP) 
    55. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (EAST LONDON) (TP) 
    56. METSKILL PTY LTD 
    57. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE(PTY) LTD 
    58. Mobile Training cc 
    59. MONDI GTU 
    60. Mopani South East FET College - Phalaborwa Campus 
    61. Mothusi Management Consultants 
    62. MSC Artisan Academy (Pty) Ltd T/A Master Artisan Academy SA (EAST LOND 
    63. Nissan SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    64. Northlink College - Bellville Campus 
    65. Northlink College - Wingfield Campus 
    66. Orbit FET College - Rustenburg Campus 
    67. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    68. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    69. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    70. Plastics Federation of South Africa (WESTMEAD) (TP) 
    71. PS Productive Services (WESTVILLE) (TP) 
    72. QTE Training & Consulting cc T/A QTE (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    73. Russ Projects T/A Academy Workplace Development (AWD) (HARRIETDALE) (T 
    74. Samancor Chrome Ltd T/A Khuphuka Training & Development (MIDDELBURG) ( 
    75. SAMSONS SCHOOL OF WELDING 
    76. Samsons School of Welding T/A Samsons Skills Development Institute (DU 
    77. Seasons Find 550 cc T/A Anthony's Welding Training Academy (MARBURG) ( 
    78. Sedibeng Artisan Skills Training Centre (VEREENIGING) (TP) 
    79. SEDIBENG TRAINING CENTRE 
    80. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
    81. Steinmuller Africa (Pty) Ltd T/A Steinmuller Technical Training Academ 
    82. Swift Skills Academy (SASOLBURG) (TP) 
    83. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP) 
    84. THE NEW RECLAMATION GROUP (PTY) LTD (Prospecton) (TP) 
    85. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC 
    86. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    87. Truck Crane Training Specialists 
    88. Tshwane South Public FET College - Odi Campus 
    89. Umfolozi FET College - Central Office 
    90. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    91. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 
    92. Wavelength T.T.I 
    93. West Coast Public FET College - Vredenburg Campus 
    94. Wide Horizon Advanced Training (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    95. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    96. WISPECO ALUMINIUM (Alrode)(Project Site NVC)(TP) 
    97. World Focus 382 cc T/A Richards Bay Technical Training & Assessment Centre (ZCBF) (RICHARDS BAY) (TP) 



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