This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to operate a boom type elevating work platform less than 11 metres boom length, in accordance with relevant state/territory licence/permit requirements and regulations, in a variety of operational contexts.
It includes inspecting and testing elevating work platform, assessing job and work requirements, planning work and setting up for lift, and carrying out elevation. It also includes implementing planned hazard controls and strategies, and packing up work platform after operations.
Work is performed with limited supervision, and with duty of care responsibility for self and others in achieving the prescribed outcomes.
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Elements describe the essential outcomes.
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.
Inspect and test elevating work platform
Work platform is visually inspected prior to operation for evidence of damage, structural weakness or interference in accordance with pre-operational safety check procedures
Routine pre-operational equipment checks are carried out in accordance with available checklists
Work platform logbook is checked, service requirements are noted and maintenance personnel are advised of requirements
Elevating work platform is started in accordance with manufacturer guidelines and start-up procedures for operations, and abnormal noise or movement is reported to authorised person for corrective action
Start-up checks are conducted in accordance with manufacturer specifications and company procedures to ensure work platform and equipment are operating correctly
Faults are corrected or reported to authorised person for corrective action in accordance with company procedures
Operating and emergency controls are checked for correct operation in accordance with manufacturer specifications, including use of emergency decent device
Boom is lowered under simulated emergency conditions to check for operational effectiveness
Gear and accessories are checked and damaged or worn gear is segregated and reported to authorised person for testing/repair/destruction
Results of inspections are recorded and reported in accordance with company procedures
Assess job requirements and work
Briefing, handover details, authorisations and clearances are received, interpreted and clarified in accordance with company and site procedures, and legislative requirements
Work area is inspected, potential hazards are identified and appropriate elimination or control measures are selected
Weight of load including personnel and equipment, is correctly estimated to ensure job is within limits of work platform capacity
Plan work and set up for lift
Work plan is developed and agreed with relevant workplace personnel, including hazard prevention/control measures, and safety and emergency procedures in line with applicable Australian Standards
Suitable firm and level standing is chosen and prepared for location of elevating work platform
Outriggers and stabilisers are correctly deployed and positioned in accordance with manufacturer instructions and appropriate Australian Standards
Appropriate plates or packing are correctly used under footplates as required to adequately distribute loading
Ground is checked before and after packing is installed to ensure it is firm enough to bear load
Job plan is developed including hazard prevention/control measures and safety procedures in accordance with applicable Australian Standards and equipment manufacturer specifications
Work platform load chart is located and information on permissible loads, radii and heights is taken into account in planning job
Job requirements, and workplace rules and procedures are taken into account in job plan
Job plan is discussed and confirmed with relevant personnel
Work gear and tools are properly stowed in elevating work platform in accordance with Australian Standards, company procedures and guides
Carry out elevation
Configuration and operation of elevating work platform are checked as required to ensure safe lift
Operation of work platform is carried out in accordance with job plan, appropriate Australian Standard and manufacturer specifications
Implement planned hazard control strategies
Load is constantly monitored to ensure safety of personnel, load and structural stability
Unplanned situations are responded to in accordance with company procedures, in a manner that minimises risk to personnel and equipment
Required signals are correctly given, interpreted and followed in accordance with appropriate Australian Standards
Pack up work platform
Elevating work platform is shut down using correct sequence of procedures in accordance with manufacturer instructions
Routine post-operational equipment checks are carried out in accordance with manufacturer instructions and available checklists, and defects are recorded and reported in accordance with company procedures
Elevating work platform is dismantled in accordance with job plan, manufacturer instructions and relevant statutory regulations
Outriggers and stabilisers are secured and stowed in accordance with manufacturer instructions
Elevating work platform is correctly stowed and secured in accordance with manufacturer instructions and company procedures
Evidence of Performance
Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria on at least one occasion and include:
applying precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate identified hazards
applying relevant legislation and workplace procedures
communicating effectively with others
completing relevant documentation
identifying and correctly using equipment, processes and procedures
implementing contingency plans
interpreting and following operational instructions
modifying activities depending on operational contingencies, risk situations and environments
monitoring performance of equipment
monitoring work activities in terms of planned schedule
operating and adapting to differences in equipment in accordance with workplace operating procedures
planning own work, predicting consequences and identifying improvements
reading and interpreting relevant instructions, procedures, regulations, codes of practice and manuals
reporting and/or rectifying identified problems, faults or malfunctions promptly, in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures
selecting and using required personal protective equipment conforming to industry and work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) standards
servicing equipment in terms of maintenance schedule and workplace operating procedures
working collaboratively with others
working systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment.
Evidence of Knowledge
Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and include knowledge of:
boom type elevating work platform applications, capacities, configurations, safety hazards and control mechanisms
capability on boom type elevating work platform compliance plate
operational work systems and equipment
problems that may arise when operating a boom type elevating work platform and actions that should be taken to prevent or solve these problems
relevant road rules, regulations, permit and licence requirements for boom type elevating work platform operation
relevant WHS/OHS and environmental procedures and regulations
risks and hazards involved in operating a boom type elevating work platform and associated action that can be taken to eliminate or minimise the risk/hazards concerned
wind speed equipment capability (wind loading)
workplace procedures for operating a boom type elevating work platform less than 11 metres boom length, at a worksite.
As a minimum, assessors must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.
As a minimum, assessment must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.
Assessment must occur in workplace operational situations where it is appropriate to do so; where this is not appropriate, assessment must occur in simulated workplace operational situations that replicate workplace conditions.
Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.
Resources for assessment include:
a range of relevant exercises, case studies and/or simulations
applicable documentation including workplace procedures, regulations, codes of practice and operation manuals
relevant materials, tools, equipment and personal protective equipment currently used in industry.
Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.
Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.
Non-essential conditions can be found in the Companion Volume Implementation Guide.
D â€“ Load Handling