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Use civil construction hand and power tools

Unit Descriptor This unit specifies the competency required to safely and effectively identify, select and use hand and power tools to aid in the completion of tasks. It includes the minimum criteria for competency assessment. This unit includes basic maintenance, checking and reporting of damage or faults

1 . Plan and prepare
  1. Work instructions, including plans, specifications, quality requirements and operational details relevant to the tasks are obtained, confirmed and applied to the allotted task

  2. Safety requirements are obtained from the site safety plan and organisational policies and procedures, confirmed and applied to the allotted task

  3. Tools and equipment selected to carry out tasks are consistent with the requirements of the job, checked for serviceability and any faults are rectified or reported

  4. Environmental protection requirements are identified from the project environmental management plan, confirmed and applied to the allotted task

2 . Select and use hand tools
  1. Hand tools are selected consistent with needs of the job

  2. Tools are checked for serviceability and safety, and faults reported

  3. Materials are clamped or fixed in position

  4. Hand tools are used safely and effectively according to their intended use

  5. Hand tools are safely located when not in immediate use

3 . Select and use power tools
  1. Power tools, leads and hoses are selected consistent with needs of job in accordance with standard work practice, and any faults reported

  2. Power leads/hoses are visually checked for serviceability/safety in accordance with the site safety plan

  3. Route for safe placement of leads/hoses is cleared of identified hazards

  4. Electrical power leads are run to power supply so they are clear of traffic or covered where possible

  5. Electric power leads are connected to the power board or direct to power tool

  6. Air hoses are run out to the compressed air supply and covered where potential trip hazards exist

  7. Hose is connected to power tool and air supply

  8. Material is clamped or fixed in position for power tool application where applicable

  9. Power tools are safely and effectively used in application processes

  10. Power tools are safely located when not in use

4 . Clean up
  1. Work area is cleared and materials disposed of or recycled in accordance with project environmental management plan

  2. Machinery, tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored in accordance with manufacturers' recommendations and standard work practices

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Safety (OH&S)

Environmental Requirements

Quality Requirements

Statutory/Regulatory Authorities

Tools and equipment




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