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Supervising Lifting Operations Using Lifting Equipment in the Workplace

Level 3
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in supervising lifting operations using lifting equipment in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Carry out the supervision of lifting operations which will minimise disruption and maintain optimum performance.
  • 1.1 - Prepare for and undertake supervision duties in compliance with given lift plans, statutory legislation and organisational procedures.
  • 1.2 - Explain how programmed lifting operations relevant to the occupational area or sector(s) should be supervised.
  • 1.3 - List the types of people who may be affected by typical lifting operations.
  • 1.4 - Explain how disruption to other works and people not involved in lifting operations can be minimised during typical lifting operations.
  • 1.5 - Describe different methods that can optimise performance during lifting activities.
2 Observe current legislation and official guidance appropriate to the work environment.
  • 2.1 - Protect the workforce, the general public, visitors and the environment during lifting operations by applying information from at least three of the following:
    - methods of works
    - risk assessments
    - safe use and storage of plant, equipment and machinery
    - safe use and storage of materials
    - traffic management
    - work permits
    - emergency plans
    - codes of practice
    - regulations
  • 2.2 - List and describe the current legislation and official guidance that applies directly to lifting operations using lifting equipment.
3 Identify and assess faults and problems and recommend and implement corrective actions which conform to safe working methods and practices
  • 3.1 - Observe and evaluate the preparation of and the lifting activity against given documents, requirements and methods to identify faults and problems.
  • 3.2 - Apply corrective actions that follow statutory requirements and organisational procedures to at least two of the following lifting operations faults and problems:
    – work method data errors
    – construction errors
    – identification of further utilities
    – heritage concerns
    – environmental concerns
    – incorrect maintenance
    – identification of hazardous materials
    – breaches of security
    – documentation error/availability
    – certification error/availability
    – non-conforming plant, equipment or machinery.
  • 3.3 - Describe how common lifting operation faults and problems can be identified.
  • 3.4 - Explain methods that can be used to assess potential faults and problems during lifting operations.
  • 3.5 - Explain techniques and methods that allows for identified faults and problems, and appropriate corrective suggestions to be made and communicated to relevant people.
  • 3.6 - Explain the processes that allows for agreed corrective actions for non-conforming plant equipment and machinery to be applied.
  • 3.7 - Outline the types of corrective actions that could be applied to non-conforming plant, equipment or machinery and to typical lifting operations relevant to the occupational area or sector.
4 Conduct pre-work checks to meet statutory requirements, official guidance and maintains safe working methods and practices.
  • 4.1 - Carry out at least two of the following checks during preparation work for lifting operations:
    - for condition
    - for fit for purpose
    - on health and safety
    - on environmental
    - on people
  • 4.2 - Establish safe working methods and compliance with statutory requirements and official guidance whilst carrying out pre-work checks.
  • 4.3 - Explain procedures that can apply to the carrying out of pre-work checks and ways that checks can be recorded.
  • 4.4 - Give reasons why pre-work checks should be made for lifting operations and explain possible consequences should this not be carried out.
  • 4.5 - Describe different ways that of work information and work methods can be communicated to team members.
5 Keep accurate records of work progress checks, faults, problems and quantities involved.
  • 5.1 - Implement recording systems, following organisational procedures, which identify work progress checks, faults, problems and quantities involved.
  • 5.2 - Explain the methods that can be used to keep accurate records of work progress on lifting operations which can detail faults and problems, and quantities of resources used.
  • 5.3 - Give reasons why accurate records should be kept.
6 Conduct post-work checks to ensure completion of the work method/lift plan data.
  • 6.1 - Observe and/or inspections lifting operations during and on completion of work activities.
  • 6.2 - Compare inspection/observation findings of completed lifting operations against given lift plan data and criteria to ensure that all operations are completed and resources removed.
  • 6.3 - Explain methods and techniques of conducting and recording post-work checks on relevant types of lifting operations.
  • 6.4 - Give reasons why post-work checks should be carried out and the consequences should checks not be carried out adequately.
7 Identify, assess and maintain the necessary resources for lifting operations activities.
  • 7.1 - Identify, select and/or acquire and maintain at least three of the following resources:
    - people
    - plant, equipment or machinery
    - materials and components
    - sub-contractors
    - work and facilities
    - waste management
    - utility providers
  • 7.2 - Explain different ways that necessary resources for lifting operations, relevant to the occupational area or sector, can be identified.
  • 7.3 - Explain how resources can be assessed for quality, and how to maintain necessary resources for typical lifting 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.
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.

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