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Preparing and operating road/rail adapted plant 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 preparing and operating road/rail adapted plant in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can

Interpret the given information relating to the preparation and use of road/rail plant and the work to be carried out.

  • 1.1 - Interpret and extract relevant information from drawings, specifications, schedules, work package plans, method statements, 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, lift plans, work package plans, risk assessments, certification and manufacturers' information for the operation of road/rail plant.


Organise with others the sequence and operation in which road/rail plant operations 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 road/rail plant operations.


Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when preparing to and carrying out road/rail plant operations.

  • 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.


Maintain safe and healthy working practices when preparing for and carrying out road/rail plant operations.

  • 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 road/rail plant operations.

  • 4.2 -
    Demonstrate compliance with given information and relevant legislation when carrying out road/rail plant operations in relation to two or more of the following:
    – safe use and storage of plant or machinery
    – safe use of tools and equipment
    – specific risks to health.

  • 4.3 -
    Explain why and when health and safety control equipment, identified by the principles of protection, should be used, relating to road/rail plant operations, 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.


Request and select the required quantity and quality of resources to prepare for and carry out road/rail plant operations

  • 5.1 -
    Request and select resources associated with the work in relation to consumables, materials, tools, ancillary equipment, attachments 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, fittings, fuels, oils and lubricants
    – hand tools, ancillary equipment and 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 work.


Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when preparing to and operating road/rail plant.

  • 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.


Complete the work within the allocated time when preparing to and operating road/rail plant.

  • 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


Comply with the given contract information to prepare for and operate road/rail plant to the required specification.

  • 8.1 -
    Demonstrate the following work skills when preparing to use and operate road/rail plant:
    – preparing, manoeuvring, configuring, placing, travelling, negotiating, setting, operating and removing.

  • 8.2 -
    Use and maintain hand tools, ancillary equipment, attachments and/or accessories.

  • 8.3 -
    Prepare and operate road/rail adapted plant by placing on and off the rails, travelling to the work area and carrying out operations to given working instructions for one or more of the following:
    – lift, carry and/or transfer
    – extract
    – excavate
    – construct and/or form
    – receive and/or transport
    – access as a work platform
    – lay and/or distribute
    – compact
    – demolish and/or process.

  • 8.4 -
    Shut down and secure road/rail plant.

  • 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 road/rail plant for rail operations
    – prepare, set up and adjust for operational requirements
    – operate, maintain, shut down and secure road rail plant and machinery
    – identify the documentation and certification requirements for road rail plant, machinery, equipment and attachments
    – operate radios
    – recognise current signalling systems in use for road/rail plant
    – place plant and machine on and off the rails
    – identify the criteria for movements within possessions
    – recognise and avoid damage to axle counter equipment, force transducers and accelerometers

  • 8.6 -
    Describe how to apply safe and healthy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish authority needed to rectify, to:– avoid damage to infrastructure, including track, line-side and under-track equipment supporting structures, routes of cables and services
    – work on cants or gradients
    – negotiate points and crossings
    – move failed machines
    – recognise and determine when specific skills and knowledge are required and report accordingly
    – be on the public highway
    – shut down and secure road/rail plant
    – use hand tools, ancillary equipment and accessories.

  • 8.7 -
    Describe the needs of other occupations and how to effectively communicate within a team when preparing to and carrying out road/rail plant operations.

  • 8.8 -
    Describe how to maintain the hand tools, plant and machinery and ancillary equipment used for road/rail plant 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.
This unit must be assessed against ONE of the endorsements detailed below:
- Road rail - forward tipping dumper
- Road rail - MEWP scissor
- Road rail - MEWP boom
- Road rail - crawler tractor/dozer
- Road rail - knuckle boom crane
- Road rail - dump truck - articulated chassis
- Road rail - dump truck - rigid chassis
- Road rail - excavator 360 degree wheeled
- Road rail - excavator 360 degree tracked
- Road rail - excavator crane
- Road rail - crane
- Road rail - rough terrain forklift truck
- Road rail - telescopic handler
- Road rail - agricultural tractor.

Qualifications offering this unit

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