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Unit Code QCF573
Title Attaching and Preparing Suspended Loads for Movement Using Lifting Accessories in the Workplace
Level 2
Credit Value 19
Guided Learning Hours 63
Learning outcomes
The learner will be able to:
Assessment criteria
The learner can:
1 Interpret the given information relating to the work and resources when attaching and preparing suspended loads for movement. 1.1 Interpret and extract information from drawings, specifications, schedules, method statements, risk assessments, technical and manufacturers' information.
1.2 Comply with information and/or instructions derived from risk assessments and method statement.
1.3 State 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, risk assessments, method statement, technical and manufacturers' information and regulations governing the attaching and preparing of suspended loads.
2 Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when attaching and preparing suspended loads for movement. 2.1 Describe their responsibilities under current legislation and official guidance 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.
2.2 Describe the organisational security procedures for tools, equipment and personal belongings in relation to site, workplace, company and operative.
2.3 State what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.
3 Maintain safe working practices when attaching and preparing suspended loads for movement. 3.1 Use personal protective equipment (PPE) safely to carry out the activity in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements when attaching and preparing suspended loads for movement.
3.2 Explain why and when personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used, relating to attaching and preparing suspended loads for movement, and the types, purpose and limitations of each type.
3.3 State how emergencies should be responded to in accordance with organisational authorisation and personal skills when involved with fires, spillages, injuries and other task-related hazards.
4 Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to attach and prepare suspended loads for movement. 4.1 Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, limitations and defects associated with the resources, and how they should be used correctly, in relation to:
- lifting accessories, steel wire rope, chain, fabric, web hooks, shackles, clamps, spreader and lifting beams, and other specialist lifting equipment
- tools and ancillary equipment.

4.2 Select resources associated with own work in relation to materials, components, fixings, tools and equipment and lifting accessories.
4.3 State how the resources should be used correctly, how problems associated with the resources are reported and how the organisational procedures are used.
4.4 Outline potential hazards associated with the resources and method of work.
4.5 Calculate weight and/or bearing pressure, quantity, length and area, and identify centres of gravity relevant to attaching and preparing suspended loads.
4.6 Describe how to calculate weight and/or bearing pressure, quantity, length and area associated with the method/procedure to attach and prepare suspended loads for movement.
5 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when attaching and preparing suspended loads for movement. 5.1 Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage.
5.2 Minimise damage and maintain a clean work space.
5.3 Describe how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection in relation to general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions.
5.4 State why the disposal of waste should be carried out safely in accordance with environmental responsibilities, organisational procedures, manufacturers' information, statutory regulations and official guidance.
6 Complete the work within the allocated time when attaching and preparing suspended loads for movement. 6.1 Demonstrate completion of the work within the allocated time.
6.2 State the purpose of the work programme and explain 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.
7 Comply with the given contract information to attach and prepare suspended loads for movement using lifting accessories to the required specification. 7.1 Demonstrate the following work skills when attaching and preparing suspended loads for movement:
- measuring, gauging, calculating, selecting, fitting, configuring, testing, balancing, adjusting, securing, positioning and removing.
7.2 Attach, prepare and secure suspended loads for movement, using a range of lifting accessories and/or with a range of lifting equipment and/or cranes to given working instructions.
7.3 Attach three of the following types of loads to a crane hook using appropriate load securing methods and lifting accessories:
- balanced
- unbalanced
- loose/netted
- bundled
- containerised
- drum-type.
7.4 Remove lifting accessories from a range of loads on completion of movement and leave loads in a safe situation.
7.5 Describe how to apply safe work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
- identify the characteristics of the load appropriate to the lifting operation
- determine the method for attaching and securing
- select and use suitable lifting accessories
- attach and prepare suspended loads for movement
- confirm balance, stability and correct weight distribution
- remove and store lifting accessories on completion of the lifting operation
- use hand tools and equipment
- work at height.
7.6 Safely use and store hand tools, ancillary equipment and a range of lifting accessories.
7.7 State the needs of other occupations and how to communicate within a team when attaching and preparing suspended loads for movement.
7.8 Describe how to maintain the tools, equipment and lifting accessories used to attach suspended loads for movement.


Additional information about this unit
Purpose and aim of unit The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in attaching, preparing and securing a range of suspended loads for movement using lifting accessories in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.
Details of the relationship between the unit and relevant national occupational standards or other professional standards or curricula (if appropriate) This unit is based on the National Occupational Standard 'Attach and Prepare Suspended Loads for Movement' (VR 573)
Assessment requirements or guidance specified by a sector or regulatory body (if appropriate) This unit must be assessed in a work environment and in accordance with:
- the Additional Requirements for Qualifications using the title NVQ in QCF
- the ConstructionSkills' Consolidated Assessment Strategy for Construction and the Built Environment - Craft, Supervisory, Technical, Managerial and Professional Units and Qualifications with NVQ in the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) title and SVQs.
Assessors for this unit must use a combination of the following assessment methods:
- observation of normal work activities within the workplace that clearly confirms the required skills
- questioning the learner on knowledge criteria that clearly confirms the required understanding
- review other forms of evidence that can clearly confirm industry required skills, knowledge and understanding.
Assessors for this unit must have verifiable, current industry experience and a sufficient depth of occupational expertise and knowledge of attaching and preparing suspended loads for movement to be effective and reliable when confirming a learner's competence.
Workplace evidence of skills cannot be simulated.
Unit reference number T/601/1543
Exemption(s) for this unit No exemption