Welcome to your Competent Person Quiz You will receive your results via email, that will be provided at the bottom of this quiz. Full Name Email Address Phone Number 1. What is one of the more critical developments, in national fall-protection requirements, for minimizing the potential for compounding injuries during a fall arrest?Establishing a maximum fall arrest force.Banning the use of a body belt.Preventing exposureLimiting the free-fall distance to two feet 2. In the hierarchy of fall protection, consideration for identifying and controlling fall hazards is prioritized as follows:Administrative techniques and elimination.Prevention/guarding and arrest.Elimination and arrest.Elimination and prevention/guarding. 3. You have a fleet of trucks including flatbeds and tank trucks, which have frequent driver incidents off falls from the deck or load. No OSHA standards apply at this time. Therefore you decide to do the following to address truck fall hazards.Determine that no action is required.Tell drivers to be more careful, both verbally and using signage.Apply the strictest stepping access (over 19) as a best practice (1926.105(a)(1)).Look for an anchorage point device to use both for maintenance and in the field. 4. What liability does a principal potentially face if he or she contracts for elevated work and requires the contractor to meet local, state, and OSHA regulations?Third-party liability.Personal liability of the contract administrator.Rerrors and omissions liability.Workers’ compensation liability. 5. How should architects respond to the question of immunity from fall-hazard standards?It’s not our job.Our agreement excludes means and methods.We can coordinate feasible fall protection in our design if contracted to do so.We rarely visit the jobsite. 6. What are good company guidelines toward the public regarding fall protection?We’ll wait until we’re forced.We accept responsibility for invitees and provide the same level of concern for their safety that we have for our employees.We follow OSHA requirements.We tell our people to be careful. 7. Stepladders and extension ladders are typically used in your plant to access maintenance work in ceiling panels and pipe racks. However, a recent series of falls by contractor employees have produced several lawsuits against your company for negligence in not requiring contract safety rules to be enforced. What should you do to reduce future risks from falls?Train people, both on ladders and stepladders.Require use of elevating platforms.Devise fall-protection or work methods without exposure to a fall hazard; review contractor-proposed solutions.Do nothing because nothing can be done.Contract in the future for indemnification by the contractor for all injury claims. 8. If no mechanical equipment is used, warning-line systems should be erected around all sides of the work area not less than 6 feet from the roof edge.TrueFalse 9. A monitor works alone to inspect a roof area and, at some point, is briefly 5 feet from an edge. Is he within the requirement for fall protection?No, he is nominally 6 feet from the edge.No, he is merely inspecting before work begins.Yes, any violation of the 6-foot rule calls for a fall safety system.Yes, another monitor is required to watch for him. 10. A safety net needs to be installed in the stairwell opening of a building under construction that measures 20 feet by 20 feet. What size net needs to be ordered, and how will it be attached? (Note: anchorage points support 5000 lbs.)20 feet by 20 feet; use wire ties to net.24 feet by 24 feet; use snaphooks to wire cable rigging.20 feet by 20 feet; use preinstalled snaphooks to perimeter cable around opening.24 feet by 24 feet; use snaphooks into bolt holes. 11. A rail car unloading procedure requires the operator to climb up the ladder at the rear of the car and walk along the tank to open the hatches. A worker falls off and suffers severe head injuries. What procedures do you recommend in the future?Tie off to the rail surrounding the hatch.Exercise greater caution when on the top of rail cars.Use a combination of horizontal and vertical lifelines.Use a portable extension ladder to directly access the hatch. 12. Your company builds concrete structures and sets wall forms around rebar matte structures. You have been told that workers can climb to 24 feet free climb and that a positioning belt is required as the only protection meeting OSHA requirements. You determine that this is unsafe and that a fall arrest system is required for any formwork. You inquire as to the available anchorages. Which one of the following do you select?Vertical rebar.Horizontal rebar.Vertical and horizontal rebar.A sling attached around two vertical rebar members. 13. What is the overall purpose of the fall-hazard survey?To match equipment capabilities with required mobility.To identify exposures.To provide structural diagrams of certified anchor points.To determine those trades that should be exempt from the fall-protection policy. 14. An owner of a window-installation business serving residential homes in your region has sincerely told each of his workers who install windows that when at height they can ask any piece of safety equipment they want and he will get it for them. The workers love him for this commitment. Unfortunately, it is rare that any equipment is requested by these macho workers who are often exposed to sloped roof falls and ladder hazards. This type of employer is called:Socialistic.Benevolent.Capitalistic.Negligient. 15. Evaluation forms turned in by participants in your fall-protection training course indicated that many of the students thought the part of the course that taught about laws and standards regarding the use of fall protection were confusing. They said they were not sure what applications in your facility required fall protection at four feet and which tasks required fall protection starting at six feet, or even ten feet. What do you do?Issue a memo restating the company fall-protection policy regarding use of fall protection in operations areas, on scaffolding, and during roofing.Issue a memo telling employees that a copy of the OSHA general industry and construction regulations can be viewed in the safety office.Let employees know that a fall hazard survey of the facility has been conducted. The survey lists all fall hazards by task and lists the method(s) of fall protection and anchorage point(s) to be used for each. They may obtain that information from their supervisor. If they must engage in an activity that has not been evaluated for fall hazards they must let their supervisor (competent person in fall protection) know so the proper fall protection can be determined.Because the evaluations forms were anonymous you must retrain the entire class. 16. Your normal procedure has been to use knuckle boom aerial platforms to get to pipe racks in difficult locations. However, one particular location cannot be reached with the lift, and that’s where your workers have to use a ladder to access a pipe leak on the same day you find out the location is inaccessible. What one thing do you hope your maintenance crews remember from your last fall-protection training session?Tie off portable ladders.Use lifelines when exposed to a fall hazard.Build scaffolding for safe access.Install a safety net first. 17. You, as VP Safety of a cell phone tower company, have recently heard of the manufacturer’s withdrawal of a rail-climbing protection device that was not compatible with harness use. You have also heard of your own climbers holding the safety sleeve open when descending, to avoid premature locking when leaning inappropriately. You decide to do what, after stopping all use of this equipment type, including your rescue crews:Write to other manufacturers to ask if they are compliant with ANSI A14.3 latest standard for fixed ladders, including the footnote on horizontal thrust and to send test reports.You ask the manufacturer of ladder and step-bolt access equipment if they comply with the British Government (HSE) requirements for their eight-test protocol.You only permit the use of harness and Y-lanyard for your climbers until further notice.You allow the use of the withdrawn equipment when the climbers are trained not to hold the device open when descending. 18. After rescue training preparation is initially completed, what do you, as a fall protection Competent Rescuer, determine to be the highest priority going forward to improve your plant’s response to a future event?Develop a strong ongoing relationship with the local city fire department for emergency response.Schedule monthly rescue scenarios with your Authorized Rescuers.Organize a committee that will make sure that voluntary standards from ANSI and NFPA are met going forward.Appoint a team leader to regularly inspect and maintain the rescue-equipment inventory for highest performance. Time is Up!