Dogging Training Course

Pre-requisite Skills and Knowledge required to complete this course


This training course section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.


Required skills 


Required skills for this unit are:


1.     communication techniques in the workplace including whistles, hand
signals and use of fixed channel two-way radios

2.    communication skills at a level sufficient to communicate
with other site personnel

3.    calculate rated capacity of lifting equipment

4.    apply different methods for making temporary connections
to loads using fibre and synthetic ropes

5.    ability to interpret rated capacity and working load limit

6.    hazard identification and control

7.    slinging techniques

8.    selection and inspection of lifting equipment

9.    directing crane operators in the moving of loads in a safe
manner, using a slewing cranes

10   inspection and care of a
wide range of lifting equipment to appropriate Australian Standards and/or
manufacturer’s specifications.


Required knowledge 


Required knowledge for this unit is:


1.    appropriate mathematical procedures for
estimation and measurement of loads

2.    basic knowledge of types of cranes and their
Commonwealth, state or territory OHS legislation, standards and

codes of practice relevant to the full range of techniques for undertaking
dogging activities load stability and safety factors in line with manufacturer’s

3.  types of lifting equipment and slinging techniques for use, and their limitations and performance in a wide range of
conditions (including but not limited to slings, beams, accessories, clamps, work-boxes, bins and pallets)understanding of the hierarchy of control.



Course Outline

Plan job.

1.1. Site information is obtained and related to the task.
1.2. Hazard s and potential hazards associated with the slinging and directing
of loads are identified.
1.3. Hazard control measures consistent with appropriate standards are
identified to ensure the safety of personnel and equipment.
1.4. The weight, dimensions and centre of gravity of the load are identified
and assessed.
1.5. Suitable lifting/slinging points on the load are identified.
1.6. Appropriate lifting equipment needs are assessed.
1.7. Appropriate communication methods are assessed with crane / operators and
other appropriate personnel .
1.8. Manufacturer’s specifications/information is obtained for special loads
where necessary.


Select and inspect equipment.

2.1. Lifting equipment appropriate to the task is selected.
2.2. Lifting equipment is inspected for serviceability.
2.3. Damaged or excessively worn lifting equipment is identified, labelled and
2.4. Appropriate communication methods for the crane/operator and appropriate
personnel are selected.
2.5. Appropriate communication equipment is selected and its serviceability is
2.6. Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is selected and checked.


Prepare site and equipment.

3.1. Hazard prevention/control measures are applied consistent with appropriate
standards to ensure the safety of personnel and equipment.
3.2. Appropriate slinging method is selected.
3.3. Lifting equipment is prepared and assembled where appropriate.
3.4. Load destination is prepared.


Perform task.

4.1. Lifting equipment is attached and secured to the lifting hook using
appropriate techniques.
4.2. Lifting hook is positioned over the load centre of gravity.
4.3. Lifting equipment is attached and secured to the load in an appropriate
4.4. Tag line is attached and secured where appropriate.
4.5. Test lift is conducted to ensure security of load.
4.6. Load is moved maintaining stability and control at all times.
4.7. Appropriate communication methods and communication signals are applied to
safely coordinate the load movement both within sight and out-of-sight of crane
4.8. The load is landed to ensure that it is stable and secure from movement.
4.9. Lifting equipment is removed or disconnected from load and prepared for
next task or storage.


Shut down job and clean up.

5.1. Unserviceable lifting equipment inspected and rejected.
5.2. Defective equipment is isolated and tagged.
5.3. Lifting equipment is stored in accordance with procedures and appropriate
5.4. Hazard prevention/control measures are removed where appropriate.
5.5. Excess materials from the work area are removed (where applicable).
5.6. Defects are reported and recorded according to procedures and appropriate
action is taken.


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