Load and unload plant (RIIHAN308F)

Course Overview

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to load and unload plant.

This unit applies to those working in site-based roles.

Prior to performing this activity, skills and knowledge should be developed for the individual plant. This can be achieved through completing the equivalent operator unit or being assisted by someone who has this knowledge. Refer to the Implementation Guide for further details.

Unit Sector

Coal mining



Metalliferous mining

Civil infrastructure

Course cost:

Funding – $200

Full Fee – $500


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Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Prepare to load and unload plant

1.1 Access, interpret and apply load handling documentation to ensure work activity is compliant

1.2 Obtain, interpret, clarify and confirm work requirements

1.3 Identify hazards and environmental issues, assess the risks and implement control measures in line with workplace policies

1.4 Select and wear personal protective equipment required for work activities

1.5 Obtain and display signage, and erect barriers to isolate the loading and unloading site from general traffic flow in line with safe work practices

2. Load the plant in line with established requirements

2.1 Confirm the dimensions and capacity of the float or trailer to safely carry the plant

2.2 Select tools and loading equipment in line with work requirements

2.3 Identify faults, and rectify or report prior to commencement of work, within scope of own responsibility and according to workplace procedures

2.4 Confirm preparation procedures of the plant for transportation has been completed

2.5 Place and secure loading aids in line with workplace procedures

2.6 Confirm the loading procedure with operator and/or guide before loading commences

2.7 Move the plant item onto the trailer or float and halt at the designated position as per workplace procedures

2.8 Secure plant to trailer or float in line with workplace procedures

3. Unload the plant in line with established requirements

3.1 Confirm the unloading procedure with operator and guide before unloading commences

3.2 Place and secure unloading aids, including ramps, in accordance with the trailer or float specifications

3.3 Slacken securing devices and remove according to workplace procedures

3.4 Move the plant item off the trailer or float and halt at the designated position

3.5 Stow loading aids including ramps, bridging materials and securing devices as per workplace procedures


Performance Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate the ability to complete the tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit.

The candidate must demonstrate completion of loading and unloading plant that safely, effectively and efficiently follows workplace procedures to carry out work activity on at least two occasions, and include:

  • displaying signage and erecting barriers to isolate work site
  • calculating volume and weight of loads
  • placing and securing loading and unloading aids
  • moving plant onto and off trailer or float, halting at designated position
  • securing plant to trailer or float
  • slackening securing devices and removing in a safe sequence
  • stowing loading aids

In the course of the above work, the candidate must also:

  • select, check and use required loading tools and equipment
  • select and wear personal protective equipment required for work activities
  • apply safe work practices and identify and report potential hazards and environmental issues, and assess risks
  • apply fault finding techniques
  • locate and apply required documentation, policies and procedures
  • meet written and verbal reporting requirements and procedures associated with loading and unloading plant
  • apply operational safety
  • maintain equipment records

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of the following when loading and unloading plant:

Key policies, procedures and relevant standards for loading and unloading plant, including those relating to:

  • National Standard for high risk work
  • site and equipment safety
  • techniques and processes for preparing plant for transportation
  • environmental requirements
  • work health safety
  • chain of responsibility for loading and unloading of equipment

Key site information, including:

  • understanding of required hand signals
  • site isolation and traffic control responsibilities and authorities
  • materials safety data sheet

Key factors affecting work activities described in performance evidence above, including

  • basic motion and restraint theory related to heavy plant on floats or trailers
  • basic centre of gravity and balance theory related to heavy plant on floats or trailers
  • types, operation, uses and limitations of load securing equipment

Assessment Conditions

Mandatory conditions for assessment of this unit are stipulated below. The assessment must:

  • include access to:
  • plant to load and unload
  • trailer or float
  • signage and barriers
  • loading aids and securing devices
  • personal protective equipment
  • be conducted in a safe environment
  • be assessed in context of this sector’s work environment
  • be assessed in compliance with relevant legislation/regulation and using policies, procedures, processes and operational manuals directly related to the industry sector for which it is being assessed; and,
  • confirm consistent performance can be applied in a range of relevant workplace circumstances.

Where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment may occur in a simulated work environment* provided it is realistic and sufficiently rigorous to cover all aspects of this sector’s workplace performance, including environment, task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.


Source: training.gov.au

Category: SKU: CSQ-CCT-1-1-2-1