Purpose

The person credited with this unit standard is able to identify the safety and suitability of crane type prior to utilisation while applying methods of inspecting and recording the operational fitness of all components of the crane. Learners are also able to operate heavy canes in a safe and competent manner.

The qualifying learner is capable of:

  • Identifying the safety and suitability of crane type prior to utilisation thereof, giving consideration to freight characteristics, equipment manufactures requirements and environmental conditions.
  • Applying the recognised methods for inspecting and recording the operational fitness of all components of the crane with reference to safety procedures in the workplace.
  • Operating the heavy crane in a safe and competent manner.
  • Accessing available support and emergency services in the case of incidents and accidents.

SAQA ID: 242982
NQF Level: 3
Credits: 14
Accrediting SETA: TETA
Duration: 1 day | Novice 5 days
Recommended Entry Criteria: 

  • Grade 10
  • Crane operators that drive on Public Roads will require the relevant driver’s license, in accordance with the National Road Traffic Act requirements.
  • The operator must be declared physically fit and have passed an eyesight test (such as the Orthorator test, the Purdue University Test No. 3, etc.), or a current PrDP, as well as industry recognised depth perception, speed of reflexes and hand-eye co-ordination tests, prior to commencement of training.

Certification Issued: Competency Certificate

Unit Standard Range

• Gantry Crane:
– Overhead Pendant Controlled.
– Overhead Infrared Controlled.
– Overhead Radio Controlled.
– Overhead Cab controlled.
– Block and tackle.

• Mobile Crane:
– Truck mounted crane.
– Hydraulic mobile crane.
– Hydraulic crane pick up and carry crane.
– Lattice boom mobile crane.
– Crawler crane.

• Jib Crane:
– Floating crane.
– Tower cranes (top slewing and bottom slewing).
– Dock cranes.
– Ship-mounted crane.
– Straddle carrier.
– Container stacker.

• Attachments shall include:
– P: Fly Jib.
– Q: Boom Extension.
– R: Counterweight Options.
– S: Tandem Lifts.
– T: Special Categories.

Specific Outcomes

1. Identify the safety and suitability of crane type prior to utilisation thereof, giving consideration to freight characteristics, equipment manufacturers’ requirements and environmental conditions.
2. Apply the recognised methods for inspecting and recording the operational fitness of all components of the crane with reference to safety procedures in the workplace.
3. Operate the heavy crane in a safe and competent manner.
4. Access available support systems and emergency services in case of incidents and accidents.

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