This Qualification is for any individual who is or wishes to be, involved in operating a lifting machine/s or dealing with challenges in a lifting machine. Typical learners will be persons who are currently performing a range of activities and processes in lifting machine environment who have not received any formal recognition for their skills and knowledge, or learners who wish to embark on this qualification or those with a broad knowledge and skills base who work with lifting machines and who want to specialise in certain aspects of the lifting machine environment. While the Qualification is primarily aimed at providing the lifting machine operator with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes required to perform a variety of activities using lifting equipment, it does not preclude any other individual both within and outside the lifting machine environment from accessing it.
This Qualification also enables the learner to work with a degree of responsibility during the performance of the lifting operation without working under direct supervision. The learner will also be able to display leadership skills among fellow workers in operating the lifting machine to perform a variety of tasks.
The Core component contains lifting machine and generic competencies covering:
- Basic first aid
- firefighting skills.
- Knowledge of legislation pertaining to lifting machines.
- Knowledge of loads.
- The dynamics of the lifting environment and housekeeping within the lifting machine context.
- Appreciation of the lifting machine environment.
- Communication skills specific to the lifting machine environment.
- Hazardous substances.
- HIV and Aids.
- Occupational Health and Safety and the Environment.
- crane operations
- Lift Truck Operations.
- Mobile Elevated Working Platforms (MEWPs).
Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
- Identifying defects and anomalies of machines.
- Recognising potential non-compliance situations in and around the work environment and demonstrating initiative in recommending and applying corrective measures in accordance with relevant legislation, regulations and company policies and procedures.
- Determining the type of dangerous and hazardous substances.
- Selecting the lifting machine to be used in handling, moving, storing, and stacking a load.
- Creating a caring environment for workers with HIV/AIDS and by actively discouraging negative attitudes towards people with HIV/AIDS.
Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization, community to:
- Ensure that lifting machines are fit for operation by reporting problems and anomalies to respective personnel.
- Ensure the safety of self, others and material/loads.
- Fight fires.
- Encourage others to maintain hygiene standards.
- Present information addressing the stigma of HIV/AIDS and the importance of a proactive strategy in the workplace.
Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
- Identifying and describing the systems, instrumentation, levers, control, and safety devices of lifting machines.
- Conducting inspections of lifting machines and safety equipment and reporting problems.
- Maintaining a safe working environment.
- Managing him/herself and his/her activities responsibly by making lifestyle choices about HIV/AIDS.
- Identifying, describing, moving, and storing dangerous and hazardous substances/loads.
- Moving, stacking, and storing loads.
- Selecting the most appropriate method for preventing/minimizing impact of, and responding to safety, health and environmental incidents.
Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to:
- Determine whether lifting machines are safe to operate.
- Decide on the type of dangerous and hazardous substances/loads.
- Decide on the lifting machine to be used.
- Assess whether workplace practice complies with the regulatory framework.
- Research situations that have the potential to spread HIV/AIDS in the workplace and discuss and rating them in terms of high, medium and low risk.
- Perform hazard identification and risk assessments in such a way that informed decisions could be made.
Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to:
- Prepare and present records on the lifting machines and of incidents.
- Prepare and complete the handling, stacking and storing of loads.
- Maintain safety.
- To communicate control measures identified during the hazard identification and assessment.
Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others by:
- Using the lifting equipment according to the manufacturers.