Fall Protection Safety Requirements

May is National Electrical Safety Month, and in honor of OSHA’s annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, which is May 7–11, here are some fall protection questions to consider.

1. In construction, the general threshold for fall-protection requirements begins at _________ feet.

Correct Answer: 6

2. The proper height-to-base ratio for an extension ladder used on a construction site to gain roof access is _________; in addition, the top of the ladder must extend 3 feet above the roof’s edge.

Correct Answer: 4:1

3. The proper rating of the approved anchor point for a horizontal lifeline that four workers are connected to is _________ pounds.

Correct Answer: 20,000

4. The proper rating of an approved anchor point for a vertical lifeline connected to one worker’s full-body harness as part of a personal fall arrest system (PFAS) is _________ pounds.

Correct Answer: 5,000

5. A distance of _________ feet should be added to the total fall distance calculation when using a shock-absorbing lanyard.

Correct Answer: 3.5

6. In 2018, a PFAS consists of all the following components except:

Correct Answer: Body belt

7. The general fall protection requirement for scaffolds requires each employee on a scaffold more than _________ feet above a lower level to be protected from falling to that lower level.

Correct Answer: 10

8. Each end of a platform 10 feet or less in length on a scaffold shall extend over the centerline of the support by at least _________ inches unless cleated or otherwise restrained by hooks or equivalent means, but not more than _________ inches unless it has guardrails to prevent employee access to the cantilevered end.

Correct Answer: 6; 12

9. Safety nets shall be installed as close as practical under the walking/working surface where employees are working but in no case more than _________ feet below.

Correct Answer: 30

10. The top edge height of top rails, or equivalent guardrail system members, shall be _________ inches—plus or minus 3 inches—above the working level.

Correct Answer: 42