Operate a mobile crane

SAQA US ID        UNIT STANDARD TITLE

116254                 Operate a mobile crane

PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL       NQF LEVEL          CREDITS

Level 2                                 NQF Level 02      20

 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD

The qualifying learner is capable of:

Demonstrating 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.

 

REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for this course, you will need,

  • Minimum of Grade 7-9 certificate
  • Recognition of previous learning/experience of a similar kind of machine that you may have operated is also considered
  • Safety, Health & Environmental legislation
  • Medical fitness Certificate
  • Eye test certificate

 

COMPANY RESPONSIBILITIES

It is assumed that people starting to learn towards this unit standard have already undergone company induction, have an appropriate licence to operate in the work area, and are competent in unit standards which address:

  • Relevant Code of practice
  • Occupational Health, Safety and General Housekeeping
  • Mechanical Awareness and Plant Appreciation

 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE

In the range of a rated capacity of up to 50 Tons

 

Limited to work carried out on a standard crane, or with standardised fittings

 

Major components include:

  • Chassis
  • Mobile & jib
  • Counter weight, hoist
  • Jib & cab
  • Hoist & slew systems
  • Brakes & Transmission
  • Trolley & hookblock

 

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

 

Appropriate checklist is any one or a combination of the following:

  • Manufacturer’s checklist
  • Pre-operational checklist
  • Site-specific checklist
  • Daily checklist
  • Weekly checklist
  • Site-specific checklist

 

Inspecting and recording the operational fitness of all components of the crane should cover:

  • Structural Components
  • Mechanical & Electrical Systems
  • Cab, controls & levers
  • Mast Sections
  • Chassis & Ballast
  • Hoist Ropes, Trolley & Hookblock

 

Worksite procedures include manufacturer’s procedures, operators manuals and site operational requirements, or similar procedures

  • Corrective action includes inspections and/or reporting
  • Controls include levers, switches forwards, reverse, left, right, gear selection, braking
  • All implement and attachment movements
  • Corrective action includes repairing and/or reporting