This unit specifies the outcomes required to perform basic rigging work associated with movement of plant and equipment, steel erections, hoists (including mast climbing hoists), placement of pre-cast concrete, safety nets and static lines, perimeter safety screens and shutters; and cantilever crane loading platforms for licensing purposes.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - ability to calculate Safe Working Load (SWL) and Working Load Limit (WLL); - ability to erect and dismantle, level, plumb and stabilise associated plant and structures; - ability to work safely at heights including the correct application of safety equipment; - accurate interpretation of basic structural charts and structural plans (site information); - applying methods for making temporary connections of ropes using fibre and synthetic types; - apply methods of splicing and whipping fibre and synthetic ropes; - correct application and use of all rigging and associated equipment; - risk assessment and hazard control strategies; - interpersonal and communication skills at a level sufficient to site/workplace requirements. This includes the relevant communication methods and equipment, and; - verify problems and equipment faults and demonstrate appropriate response.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - appropriate mathematical procedures for estimation and measurement of loads; - ability to interpret manufacturer's specifications for all plant and equipment use in rigging operations; - knowledge of principles relating to all plant, equipment and structural stability; - knowledge of the types and functions of rigging, safety and associated equipment including an understanding of their limitations; - organisational and workplace standards, requirements, policies and procedures for rigging; - understanding of the hierarchy of hazard identification and control; - relevant Commonwealth, state or territory and local government OHS legislation, standards and codes of practice for undertaking rigging activities; - understanding of inspection and maintenance requirements of a wide range of appropriate plant and equipment in line with Australian Standards or manufacturer's specifications, and; - estimation of ground bearing pressures of the full range of soil types and associated ground conditions for setting up plant and equipment.

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