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Operating piling rigs to construct and form in the workplace

Level 2
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in Operating piling rigs to construct and form in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Interpret the given information relating to the use of piling rigs to carry out constructing and forming operations.
  • 1.1 - Interpret and extract relevant information from drawings, specifications, schedules, risk assessments and manufacturers' information.
  • 1.2 - Comply with information and/or instructions derived from risk assessments and method statements.
  • 1.3 - Describe the organisational procedures developed to report and rectify inappropriate information and unsuitable resources and how they are implemented.
  • 1.4 - Describe different types of information, their source and how they are interpreted in relation to:
    - drawings, specifications, schedules, method statements, risk assessments, manufacturers' information and current regulations governing the operation of piling rigs for construction and formation work.
2 Organise with others the sequence and operation in which constructing and forming operations using piling rigs are to be carried out.
  • 2.1 - Organise the work according to given information or instructions.
  • 2.2 - Describe how to communicate ideas between team members.
  • 2.3 - Organise and communicate with team members and other associated occupations.
  • 2.4 - Describe how to organise resources prior to and during piling operations.
3 Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when carrying out constructing and forming operations using piling rigs.
  • 3.1 - Describe their responsibilities regarding potential accidents, health hazards and the environment whilst working:
    - in the workplace, below ground level, in confined spaces, at height, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement/storage of materials and by manual handling and mechanical lifting.
  • 3.2 - Describe the organisational security procedures for tools, equipment and personal belongings in relation to site, workplace, company and operative.
  • 3.3 - Explain what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.
4 Maintain safe and healthy working practices when carrying out constructing and forming operations using piling rigs.
  • 4.1 - Use health and safety control equipment safely and comply with the methods of work to carry out the activity in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements during piling operations.
  • 4.2 - Demonstrate compliance with given information and relevant legislation when carrying out constructing and forming operations using piling rigs in relation to two or more of the following:
    - safe use and storage of plant or machinery
    - safe use and storage of tools and equipment
    - specific risks to health.
  • 4.3 - Explain why and when health and safety control equipment, identified by the principles of prevention, should be used, relating to piling rig use, and the types, purpose and limitations of each type, the work situation and general work environment, in relation to:
    - collective protective measures
    - personal protective equipment (PPE)
    - respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
    - local exhaust ventilation (LEV).
  • 4.4 - Describe how the relevant health and safety control equipment should be used in accordance with the given working instructions.
  • 4.5 - Describe how emergencies should be responded to in accordance with organisational authorisation and personal skills when involved with fires, spillages, injuries and other task-related activities.
5 Request and select the required quantity and quality of resources to carry out constructing and forming operations using piling rigs.
  • 5.1 - Request and select resources associated with piling rigs in relation to consumables, materials, tools, ancillary equipment and/or accessories.
  • 5.2 - Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with the resources, and how they should be used correctly, relating to:
    - consumables, lubricants and fuels
    - attachments and aids for piling
    - hand tools, ancillary equipment and/or accessories.
  • 5.3 - Describe how the resources should be used correctly and how problems associated with the resources are reported.
  • 5.4 - Explain why the organisational procedures have been developed and how they are used for the selection of required resources.
  • 5.5 - Describe any potential hazards associated with the resources and methods of work.
  • 5.6 - Describe how to identify weight, quantity, length and area associated with the method/procedures to carry out the piling work.
6 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when constructing and forming with piling rigs.
  • 6.1 - Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage in accordance with safe working practices and organisational procedures.
  • 6.2 - Prevent damage and maintain a clean work space.
  • 6.3 - Dispose of waste in accordance with current legislation.
  • 6.4 - Describe how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection in relation to general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions.
  • 6.5 - Explain why the disposal of waste should be carried out safely in accordance with environmental responsibilities, organisational procedures, manufacturers' information, statutory regulations and official guidance.
7 Complete the work within the allocated time when carrying out constructing and forming operations with piling rigs
  • 7.1 - Demonstrate completion of the work within the allocated time.
  • 7.2 - Describe the purpose of the work programme and describe why deadlines should be kept in relation to:
    - types of progress charts, timetables and estimated times
    - organisational procedures for reporting circumstances which will affect the work programme.
8 Comply with the given contract information to operate piling rigs to construct and form to the required specification.
  • 8.1 - Demonstrate the following work skills when preparing for and constructing and forming using piling rigs:
    - checking, adjusting, communicating, manoeuvring, positioning, constructing and forming.
  • 8.2 - Use and maintain hand tools, ancillary equipment and/or accessories.
  • 8.3 - Operate piling rigs to construct and form to given working instructions.
  • 8.4 - Shut down and secure piling rigs.
  • 8.5 - Describe how to apply safe and healthy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish authority needed to rectify, to:
    – identify the characteristics of the piling rigs used for construction and formation operations
    – carry out function checks for the construction and formation operation
    – identify the area of the construction and formation work
    – identify geological, environmental and material changes and report
    – prepare, set up and adjust for operational requirements
    – carry out pre-operational checks for obstructions, stability, safety and security of the work and surrounding area.
  • 8.6 - Describe how to apply safe and healthy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish authority needed to rectify, to:
    – check to avoid damage to structures and utilities service apparatus
    – carry out construction and formation work
    – recognise and determine when specific skills and knowledge are required and report accordingly
    – complete construction and formation work
    – be on the public highway
    – shut down and secure the piling rig
    – use hand tools, ancillary equipment and accessories.
  • 8.7 - Describe the needs of other occupations and how to effectively communicate within a team when carrying out piling operations.
  • 8.8 - Describe how to maintain the plant and machinery, hand tools, ancillary equipment and/or accessories used to carry out piling operations.
Assessment guidance and/or requirements
This unit must be assessed in a work environment, in accordance with the ConstructionSkills‘ Consolidated Assessment Strategy for Construction and the Built Environment. Please refer to the hyperlink for clarity -
Assessors for this unit must have verifiable, current industry experience and a sufficient depth of relevant occupational expertise and knowledge, and must use a combination of assessment methods as defined in the Consolidated Assessment Strategy.
Workplace evidence of skills cannot be simulated.

Plus ONE of the following endorsements required:
- Sheet piling
- Driven piling
- Continuous flight auger piling
- Rotary piling
- Tripod piling
- Vibro piling
- Diaphragm piling
- Mini piling.

Qualifications offering this unit

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