OSHA Quiz: Ladder Safety

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OSHA Quiz: Ladder Safety - Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What should you do when using a ladder in traffic path or doorway?

    • A.

      Tell people in the area that you are working on the ladder

    • B.

      Restrict access barricading the pathway with pylons or locking the door

    • C.

      Nothing people will realize you are working when they see the ladder.

    Correct Answer
    B. Restrict access barricading the pathway with pylons or locking the door
    Explanation
    When using a ladder in a traffic path or doorway, it is important to restrict access to ensure safety. By barricading the pathway with pylons or locking the door, you prevent people from accidentally walking into the area and potentially causing an accident. This precautionary measure helps to create a clear boundary and alerts others that the area is off-limits due to ongoing work on the ladder. It is crucial to prioritize safety and communicate effectively to avoid any potential hazards or accidents.

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  • 2. 

    What is the 3 point of contact rule?

    • A.

      The rule that you should have one hand and two feet contact with the ladder.

    • B.

      The rule that you should have two hands and one foot in contact with the ladder.

    • C.

      The rule that you should have one hand and two feet OR two hands and one foot in contact with the ladder.

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. The rule that you should have one hand and two feet OR two hands and one foot in contact with the ladder.
    Explanation
    The 3 point of contact rule states that you should have one hand and two feet OR two hands and one foot in contact with the ladder. This rule is important for maintaining stability and preventing falls while climbing or descending a ladder. By always having at least three points of contact with the ladder, you can ensure that you have a secure grip and reduce the risk of accidents.

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  • 3. 

    When can you do work ( like screwing in a lightblub ) when on a ladder?

    • A.

      ONLY if you can maintain three points of contact

    • B.

      ONLY when you make a platform out of two ladders and a bridge

    • C.

      ONLY if you are extra careful

    Correct Answer
    A. ONLY if you can maintain three points of contact
    Explanation
    To safely perform work on a ladder, it is crucial to maintain three points of contact. This means that at all times, either two feet and one hand or two hands and one foot should be in contact with the ladder. This ensures stability and reduces the risk of falling or losing balance while working. By following this guideline, individuals can safely screw in a lightbulb or perform other tasks on a ladder without compromising their safety.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following is a key component of the Hierarchy of Controls used in occupational safety?

    • A.

      Risk Assessment

    • B.

      Administrative Controls

    • C.

      Emergency Response

    • D.

      Protection Equipment

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Administrative Controls
    Explanation
    The Hierarchy of Controls is a systematic approach to minimize or eliminate exposure to occupational hazards. Administrative Controls, such as policies, procedures, and work practices, are an essential component.

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  • 5. 

    If something you need is out of your reach while you are on a ladder, what should you do?

    • A.

      Get someone to hold the base of the ladder

    • B.

      Move the ladder closer to object you need to access

    • C.

      Use a tool to extend your reach

    • D.

      Use only two points of contact to allow you to stretch just a bit farther

    Correct Answer
    B. Move the ladder closer to object you need to access
    Explanation
    When something is out of your reach while you are on a ladder, the best course of action is to move the ladder closer to the object you need to access. This allows you to bring yourself closer to the item, making it easier and safer to reach. It is important to avoid overreaching or using only two points of contact on the ladder, as this can lead to loss of balance and potential accidents. By moving the ladder closer, you ensure stability and reduce the risk of injury.

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  • 6. 

    If you notice that a ladder is damaged, what should you do?

    • A.

      If the damage isn't too bad you can still use the ladder

    • B.

      Find another ladder that is in good condition

    • C.

      Tell coworkers not to use the ladder

    • D.

      Make sure the damaged ladder is tagged, repaired or thrown away

    Correct Answer
    D. Make sure the damaged ladder is tagged, repaired or thrown away
    Explanation
    If you notice that a ladder is damaged, it is important to ensure the safety of yourself and others. Continuing to use the ladder, even if the damage isn't too bad, can pose a risk. Finding another ladder that is in good condition is a viable option, but it may not always be available. Therefore, the best course of action is to make sure the damaged ladder is tagged, repaired, or thrown away. This ensures that others are aware of the damage and prevents any potential accidents or injuries.

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  • 7. 

    How many rungs should there be between the top of the ladder and the rung you are standing on to stay safe?

    • A.

      No more than 1 rung from the top

    • B.

      You can stand on the very top as long as you maintain 3 point contact

    • C.

      No more than 2 rungs from the top

    • D.

      If the ladder is in good condition it doesn't matter how far up you climb

    Correct Answer
    C. No more than 2 rungs from the top
    Explanation
    To stay safe, there should be no more than 2 rungs between the top of the ladder and the rung you are standing on. This is because maintaining a secure grip on the ladder becomes increasingly difficult as you climb higher. By keeping the distance between the top and your position limited to 2 rungs, you can ensure better stability and reduce the risk of falling.

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  • 8. 

    True or false, you should never straddle the space between a ladder and another object.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Straddling the space between a ladder and another object is unsafe and should be avoided. This is because it can cause the ladder to become unstable, leading to a potential fall or injury. It is important to maintain three points of contact with the ladder at all times and avoid any actions that may compromise its stability. Therefore, the statement "you should never straddle the space between a ladder and another object" is true.

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  • 9. 

    To be safe, a straight ladder must be one foot away from the wall for every _____ feet of height.

    • A.

      6

    • B.

      8

    • C.

      4

    • D.

      10

    Correct Answer
    C. 4
    Explanation
    To be safe, a straight ladder must be one foot away from the wall for every 4 feet of height. This is because the angle formed between the ladder and the ground should be around 75 degrees for stability and safety. By following the 1:4 ratio, the ladder will have a proper angle and will not be too steep or too shallow, reducing the risk of accidents or the ladder tipping over.

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