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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Load, off-load and stack timber using a loader in a production situation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117047  Load, off-load and stack timber using a loader in a production situation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Forestry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Forestry and Wood Technology 
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 
This unit is for people who load, off-load and stack timber using a loader in a production situation. People credited with this unit are able to:
  • Prepare for loading, off-loading and stacking timber.
  • Load a forestry transport vehicle in a production situation.
  • Off-load a forestry transport vehicle in a production situation.
  • Stack timber in a production situation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic safety in forestry operations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of mechanical timber handling equipment.

    AND any one of:
  • Prepare, operate and maintain a 3-wheeled loader in a non-production situation.
  • Prepare, operate and maintain a self-propelled knuckle boom in a non-production situation.
  • Prepare, operate and maintain a vehicle mounted knuckle boom in a non-production situation.
  • Operate front end loaders in a non-production situation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Competence can be demonstrated on any 3-wheeled loader, front-end loader, vehicle mounted knuckle boom loader or self-propelled knuckle boom loader. Demonstration of competence will take place "on-the-job" in a production situation. A forestry transport vehicle includes any one of the following: rigid truck, draw bar trailer or semi-trailer. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare for loading, off-loading and stacking of timber. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Self, other workers, operational plan, general work area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety requirements are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Loading, off-loading, and stacking.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All personal protective equipment required, is checked for functionality and used in terms of company policy and legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Loader is checked for serviceability and corrective action is taken, if required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Requirements for the operation are explained in terms of the operational plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Loading, off-loading, and stacking.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Work areas are checked for hazards and corrective action taken according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Loading, off-loading, and stacking.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Load a forestry transport vehicle in a production situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Transport vehicles are positioned using effective communication to minimise interference with other operations and to ensure safety. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Communication methods include audio and/or visual.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Loading is commenced when driver is in a safe position. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Loader is manouevered and controlled effectively within safe operating limits specificied by the manufacturer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Swing and movement of suspended timber is minimised by controlling excessive fork or grapple movement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Machine is positioned for effective loading. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Stability and position of machine, positioning of grapple or forks.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Timber is evenly balanced between forks or grapple during loading. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Transport vehicle is loaded. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Not to exceed legal height and weight restrictions; load is evenly distributed and secure; transport vehicle is not damaged in the loading process.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Standard operating procedures and safe work practices are adhered to throughout loading. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Loading is performed to meet operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Damage to timber is minimised; loading complements other phases of the operation; out of specification timber is placed, left for further processing or re-sorted as required by operational requirements; work rate meets pre-determined production target; planned loading areas are used.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Off-load a forestry transport vehicle in a production situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Transport vehicles are positioned using effective communication to minimise interference with other operations and to ensure safety. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Communication methods include audio and/or visual.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Off-loading is commenced when driver is in a safe position. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Loader is manouevered and controlled effectively within safe operating limits specificied by the manufacturer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Swing and movement of suspended timber is minimised by controlling excessive fork or grapple movement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Machine is positioned for effective off-loading. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Stability and position of machine, positioning of grapple or forks.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Timber is evenly balanced between forks or grapple during off-loading. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Transport vehicle is not damaged during off-loading. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Standard operating procedures and safe work practices are adhered to throughout off-loading. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Off-loading is performed to meet operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Damage to timber is minimised; off-loading complements other phases of the operation; timber is position on the off-loading area as per the operational requirements; work rate meets pre-determined production target; planned off-loading areas are used.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Stack timber in a production situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Loader is manouevered and controlled effectively within safe operating limits specificied by the manufacturer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Swing and movement of suspended timber is minimised by controlling excessive fork or grapple movement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Machine is positioned for effective uplift of timber and timber placement on stacks. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Stability of machine, positioning of grapple or forks.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Timber is stacked. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Stacks are stable; timber is evenly placed on stacks.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Machine is used to keep area clear of debris according to operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Standard operating procedures and safe work practices are adhered to throughout off-loading. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Stacking is performed to meet operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Damage to timber is minimised; stacking complements other phases of the operation; timber is position on the off-loading area as per the operational requirements; timber is stacked per grade or product; work rate meets pre-determined production target, planned stacking areas are used.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers of learning and assessors must be accredited in terms of the requirements of the Forest Industries Education and Training Authority. Apart from FIETA accreditation and assessment requirements, the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) and the Driven Machinery Regulations must be met before certification.

    Moderation option: The moderation requirements of the Forest Industries Education and Training Authority must be met. Apart from FIETA moderation requirements, the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) and the Driven Machinery Regulations must be met before certification. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names and functions of:
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Loader
  • Transport vehicles

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties of:
  • Work areas
  • Transport vehicles
  • Hazards
  • Swing and movement of suspended timber
  • Off-loading of timber
  • Stacking of timber

    Sensory cues:
  • What I see, feel hear and smell during the process

    Purpose of:
  • Safety requirements
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Work areas are checked for hazards
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Timber is evenly balanced between forks or grapple during off-loading

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Standard operating procedures: "Guidelines for Forest Engineering Practices in South Africa" (FESA)
  • Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) legislation

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Loader is checked for serviceability
  • Work areas are checked for hazards
  • Swing and movement of suspended timber
  • Machine positioning for effective uplift of timber and timber placement on stacks.

    Relationships, systems:
  • The interaction of the various machines and stacker whilst maintaining a safe working environment 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems
  • Relating to the stacking of timber using a loader 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others
  • When interacting with team members and colleagues during the planning, preparation, and completion of the stacking of timber 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities
  • When preparing for loading, off-loading and stacking of timber.
  • When managing resources and my time 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • When transport vehicles are positioned 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically
  • When using tools and equipment to check the loader for serviceability 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems
  • When I can explain and justify my actions and procedures followed during the stacking of timber with a loader 

  • 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  48988   National Certificate: Forestry: Timber Harvesting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    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.
     
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    3. College of Machine Operators 
    4. Cradle Stars Trading Enterprise (Pty) Ltd 
    5. Creative Minds Skills Development and Training 
    6. Furniture World Training Centre 
    7. Future Discovery Training Academy CC 
    8. HHO Enterprise 
    9. Kwamahlati Training Services cc 
    10. Legal Environment Safety & Health Requirements cc 
    11. Lottenburg Edu-Farm 
    12. MHLAMBANYATHI GROUP PTY ( LTD) 
    13. Nikwe Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    14. Phambile Skills Training (Pty) Ltd 
    15. Platorand Training Centre 
    16. Seacrest Investments 156 (Pty) Ltd 
    17. South African Forestry Training College 
    18. Sunrise Skills Training 
    19. Take Note Trading 227 cc 
    20. Tirhani SkillsTraining Pty Ltd 
    21. Tiriso Investments 
    22. Tommy Phiri Labour Relations and Training Services 
    23. Ukubhukuda Trading & Projects 165 
    24. Umgano Foundation (NPC) 
    25. Vicmat Consultants 
    26. VPK BUSINESS VENTURE C C 
    27. York Timbers Pty Ltd 



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