A17E Telehandler suspended loads only

A17E Telescopic handler suspended loads only

Free CPCS A17E suspended loads only, theory test questions and answers. This test can be taken whether you hold a red or blue card.

Questions and answers

Traveling in a forward direction with a suspended load which has a large surface area, even though within safe limits, can be hazardous for what three reasons?

Large loads can be affected more readily by wind

The weight can be increased by rain

The field of vision in front can be reduced

2) If a load chart is not available for suspended loads or for the type of attachment, in what situations can the machine be used?

Without the appropriate load chart for that specific attachment a telehandler should not be used for lifting suspended loads

3) If fitting an approved attachment such as a lifting jib, what two ways can the machine;s rated lift capacity be affected?

Hook height will differ

Lifting capacity will be reduced by raised stabilisers

4) a) What would be considered the main danger zone for a slinger/signaller (load handler) when controlling a suspended load during pick-and-carry duties

b) What could be a consequence if the slinger/signaller was within the zone during travel?

The main danger zone is in front of the telehandler

The slinger signaller could easily trip and be crushed

5) a) In what circumstance can the machine’s boom be extended for pick-and-carry/travelling duties 

    b) What must be taken into account if it needs to be extended?

When the manufacturer’s information and the site allows

Load has to be kept as close to the ground as possible and the load must be clear of swinging into the vehicle chassis

6) If the load inadvertently or accidentally catches the ground whilst travelling, what course or action should be taken?

Stop immediately and check load safety and reassess the movement plan

7) List five factors that must be taken into account by the operator if a load is to be travelled across a site.

Encroaching unaware personnel

Movement of vehicle and other plant in the area

Encroaching with other lifting operations

Road condition

Environmental factors

8) When picking up a suspended load, what constitutes the total weight that is to be lifted by the machine?

The load + any attachments hooks + slights used (if are of significant weight)

9) In terms of visibility, turning to the right with a raised boom can be more hazardous for what reason?

The raised boom can obstruct right hand visibility from the offset cab

10) a) What is the purpose of a lift plan

      b) When would one be required?

To provide documentation regarding safe method of working on a particular task

During complex lift operations

11) To minimise the risk of a sideways overturn, how should the boom be positioned when travelling with a suspended load?

The boom should not be raised more than necessary, keeping the load in between 300mm and 600mm from the ground. 

12) Only two legs of a 4 tonne 4 legged chain sling are being used. What is the maximum load that can be lifted with that sling?

Two tonne

13) Whilst being guided by a slinger/signaller, the operator loses sight of them. What should the operator do?

Stop the operation until visual contact is regained

14) What three checks need to be made before any load is to be lowered into a trench or excavation?

Check if the operation is authorised/permit in place

Ensure that personnel have cleared the trench

Ensure that enough distance from the trench edge is kept to prevent trench collapse

Ensure slinger/signaller is visible

15) What two ways can a load swing cause a telehandler to become unstable?

Swing can move load further from the load centre and exceed the machine rated capacity making it unstable, potentially causing it to tip forwards

Swing can move the load so that the centre of gravity moved beyond the footprint of the machine causing it to potentially tip over sideways

16) As well as checking the rated capacity of the machine and the lifting accessories for the load, the lifting capacity of what else must be checked?

Any hitched, couplers or carriage must be checked

17) Travelling with extra-long loads should be undertaken with a slinger for what reason?

The load can be tethered by the slinger in order to give more control over the loads movements

18) Explain the effect that could happen when turning left or right with a suspended load, even gently?

Lateral load swing can occur giving rise to the instability

19) What checks need to be taken before a lifting accessory can be used?

The accessory must be correct for the job

Must be certified and verified within the last 12 months for accessories thet lift materials and within the last 6 months for accessories that lift personnel

Must have the SWL mark and be correct for the task

20) Why Should the standard load chart for fork operations not be used for suspended load operations?

Because lateral and longitudinal weight shifts as well as the attachment weight alter the configuration.

21) Accessories or attachments for suspended loads must only be attached to the manufacturer’s approved lifting point. Explain three possible consequences if the recommendations are not followed.

Load charts may not be relevant

The load or the machine may become unstable

The load may slip from the lifting point

22) What is the recommended travel speed when travelling with a suspended load

The speed should be limited to the requirements of the load and conditions

23) A machine is equipped with a load chart that provides information relating only to static free-on-wheels duties. In what circumstance can pick-and-carry duties be undertaken?

Pick-and-carry duties can only be undertaken with the relevant load charts

24 What three factors must be taken into account if a load is being lifted onto a platform with a set of lifting chains which are long in length?

Environmental factors such as wind can cause instability through swing

The reach of the boom will have to be extended to cater for the length of the chain and the task may not be completed because of the extra boom length needed

The extra reach could be within distance of the power lines

25) Traveling with a suspended load on uneven ground/rough terrain may be hazardous for what reason?

Swinging loads can alter the centre of gravity adversely

26) Why must the telehandler operator ensure that the boom operating controls are isolated before the slinger attaches the load?

In order to prevent inadvertent or accidental boom movement which can lead to possible injury

27) The safe working load (SWL) of a multi-leg chain sling only applies in what two conditions or configuration?

All legs are used

All legs are equal

All angles are equal

28) Before undertaking any suspended load lifting duties, what two factors should the telehandler operator check with their supervisor before work starts?

Is it authorized

Risk assessment done

Lift plan in place, read, understand, sign (all personnel involved in the operation)

29) If the operator has to attach their own load, what should they ensure before leaving the cab of the machine?

Controls should be isolated and engine switched off and keys removed

30) Using the given suspended loads lifting diagrams for a telescopic handler:

For stabiliser duties, what is the maximum lifting capacity when the carriage is at the second stage of extension and the boom at an angle of 10 degrees?

For stabiliser duties, what is the maximum gradient allowed when lifting downhill on a slope?

For free-on-wheels duties, what is the maximum gradient allowed when lifting uphill on a slope?

For pick-and-carry duties, what is the maximum available hook height?

What is the maximum travel speed when carrying a suspended load?

What is the maximum gradient allowed when travelling downhill with a suspended load that is facing uphill?

Explain why a load with dimensions of length – 4 metres, width 4 metres, height – 2.8 metres, cannot be carried out?


Loads lifted on downhill slopes can cause instability so the maximum gradient should be 0%


Boom height – hook and equipment

Walking pace


It exceeds the angle of the chain SWL

Note, the diagram may be different on the test, so you would need to understand how to work it out.

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