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Erecting steel frame walls, floors and roofs 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 erecting steel frame walls, floors and roofs in the workplace 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 work and resources when erecting steel frame walls, floors and roofs.

  • 1.1 - Interpret and extract relevant information from drawings, specifications, digital information, schedules 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, digital information and 3D modelling, method statements, risk assessments, manufacturers' technical information, official guidance and current regulations governing buildings related to the erection of steel frame walls, floors and roofs.

Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when erecting steel frame walls, floors and roofs.

  • 2.1 - 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 and storage of materials by manual handling and mechanical lifting.
  • 2.2 - Describe the organisational security procedures for tools, equipment and personal belongings in relation to site, workplace, company, operative and vehicles.
  • 2.3 - Explain what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.

Maintain safe and healthy working practices when erecting steel frame walls, floors and roofs.

  • 3.1 - Use health and safety control equipment safely and comply with the methods of work to carry out the activity in accordance with current legislation and organisational requirements when erecting steel frame walls, floors and roofs.
  • 3.2 - Demonstrate compliance with given information and relevant legislation when erecting steel frame walls, floors and roofs in relation to the following:
    –safe use of access equipment
    –safe use, storage and handling of materials, tools and equipment
    –specific risks to health.
  • 3.3 - Explain why and when health and safety control equipment, identified by the principles of prevention, should be used, when erecting of steel frame walls, floors and roofs and the types, purpose and limitations of each type, the work situation and general work environment, in relation to:
    –collective protective measures
    –local exhaust ventilation (LEV)
    –personal protective equipment (PPE)
    –respiratory protective equipment (RPE).
  • 3.4 - Describe how the relevant health and safety control equipment should be used in accordance with the given working instructions.
  • 3.5 - 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. 

Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to erect steel frame walls, floors and roofs.

  • 4.1 - Select resources associated with own work in relation to materials, components, fixings, tools, equipment and consumables.
  • 4.2 - Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability limitations and defects associated with the resources in relation to:
    –internal and external walls, ring beams, lattice beams, hot-rolled columns and beams, metal sections, steel fixings, damp proof course materials and associated items
    –floors (metal decks, composite decks, joists, floor cassettes and/or timber based materials)
    –roof structures, elements, rafters and bracing
    –fittings and fixings
    –hand tools, portable power tools and equipment.
  • 4.3 - Describe how to confirm that the resources and materials conform to the specification.
  • 4.4 - Describe how the resources should be used correctly and how problems associated with the resources are reported. 
  • 4.5 - Explain why the organisational procedures have been developed and how they are used for the selection of required resources.
  • 4.6 - Describe any potential hazards associated with the resources and methods of work.
  • 4.7 - Describe how to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage associated with the method and procedure to erect steel frame walls, floors and roofs.

Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when erecting steel frame walls, floors and roofs.

  • 5.1 - Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage in accordance with safe working practices and organisational procedures.
  • 5.2 - Maintain a clear and tidy work space.
  • 5.3 - Dispose of waste in accordance with current legislation.
  • 5.4 - Describe how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection in relation to general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions.
  • 5.5 - 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 erecting steel frame walls, floors and roofs.

  • 6.1 - Demonstrate completion of the work within the estimated allocated time.
  • 6.2 - Describe the purpose of the work programme and explain why deadlines should be kept in relation to:
    –types of productivity targets and time scales
    –how times are estimated
    –organisational procedures for reporting circumstances which will affect the work programme.

Comply with the given contract information to erect steel frame walls, floors and roofs to the required specification.

  • 7.1 - Demonstrate the following work skills when erecting steel frame walls, floors and roofs structures:
    –measuring, marking out, fitting, finishing, positioning and securing.
  • 7.2 - Use and maintain hand tools, portable power tools and ancillary equipment.
  • 7.3 - Erect at least six of the following to given working instructions:
    –ring beams
    –pre-manufactured and/or in-situ load bearing walls
    –prefabricated and/or in-situ non-load bearing walls
    –lattice beams and/or C section joists
    –pre-manufactured and/or in-situ intermediate floors
    –floor and/or composite decking units (e.g. precast concrete components, timber based materials)
    –hot rolled columns and beams
    –pre-manufactured and/or in-situ roof structures (manually and/or mechanically handled components).
  • 7.4 - Describe how to apply safe and healthy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    –provide information for Building Information Modelling (BIM)
    –erect and install manually and by mechanical lifting, ring beams, load bearing and non-load bearing wall, lattice beams, C section joists, hot-rolled columns and beams
    –erect manually and/or by mechanical lifting, pre-manufactured and/or in-situ roofs
    –form overhangs and parapet eaves
    –support lifting operations
    –lay floors (metal decks, composite decks, joist, floor cassettes and timber based materials)
    –form connections associated with steel frame construction
    –recognise and determine when specialist skills and knowledge are required and report accordingly
    –identify and follow the installation quality requirements
    –work with, around and in close proximity to plant and machinery
    –direct and guide the operations and movement of plant and machinery
    –use hand tools, portable power tools and equipment
    –work at height
    –use access equipment
    –economise the use of water, report leaks and turn taps off.
  • 7.5 - Describe the needs of other occupations and how to communicate effectively within a team when erecting steel frame walls, floors and roofs.
  • 7.6 - Describe how to maintain the tools and equipment used when erecting steel frame walls, floors and roofs.
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.
This unit must be assessed against at least SIX of the following endorsements:
– ring beams
– load bearing walls - pre-manufactured
– load bearing walls - in situ
- non-load bearing walls - prefabricated
- non-load bearing walls - in situ
– lattice beams
- C section joists
– intermediate floors - pre-manufactured
– intermediate floors - in situ
– floor decking units
– composite decking units
– hot rolled columns and beams
– roof structures - pre-manufactured
- roof structures - in situ.