This unit specifies the outcomes required to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding at the basic level, consisting of scaffolding work connected with the operation or use of modular or pre-fabricated scaffolds, cantilevered materials hoists with a maximum working load of 500kg, ropes and gin wheels, safety nets and static lines, and bracket scaffolds (tank and formwork) 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 scaffold within the scope of the basic scaffolder; - ability to erect, level, plumb and stabilise cantilever hoists and scaffolds; - ability to interpret manufacturer's specifications for plant and equipment; - ability to work safely at heights; - ability to set up fall arrest systems, including safety nets; - ability to work safely in confined spaces; - accurate interpretation of basic structural charts and structural plans; - applying methods for making temporary connection using fibre ropes; - correct application of all scaffolding equipment; - methods for making temporary connection of guy ropes and static lines using Flexible Steel Wire Rope (FSWR), and; - verify problems and equipment faults and demonstrate appropriate response.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - use of appropriate mathematical procedures for estimation and measurement of loads Commonwealth, state or territory OHS legislation and local government regulations, including standards and codes of practice relevant to the full range of techniques for undertaking basic scaffolding activities; - knowledge of principles relating to plant and equipment stability; - knowledge of types of scaffolding and their application; - knowledge of scaffolding erection and dismantling techniques; - knowledge of types of hoists, plant and equipment associated with basic scaffolding and their use/s; - risk assessment and control, including understanding of the hierarchy of control; - estimation of bearing pressures of the full range of soil types and associated ground conditions for setting up plant and equipment; - load capabilities of different types of scaffolding constructions; - understanding and application of organisational and workplace standards, requirements, policies and procedures for scaffolding; - safety equipment applicable to scaffolding; - understanding and application of the inspection and maintenance requirements for basic scaffold, associated equipment and scaffold equipment, and; - uses and limitations of tools and equipment, appropriate to scaffolding tasks and activities.

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