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KU-EHS Safety Tip, Week 4: Take the Ladder Safety Quiz

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March is National Ladder Safety Awareness Month

Welcome to National Ladder Safety Week 4!

What is National Ladder Safety Month?

National Ladder Safety Month is the only movement dedicated exclusively to the promotion of ladder safety, at home and at work. During March 2017, National Ladder Safety Month will bring heightened awareness to the importance of the safe use of ladders through resources, training and a national dialogue. KU-EHS is participating in this event and will be releasing weekly ladder safety tips. This week, test your ladder safety knowledge with a Ladder Safety Quiz.

Ladder Safety Quiz


Would you believe that more than 500,000 people are treated for ladder-related injuries in the U.S. each year? The fact of the matter is that ladders, while a common sight both on and off the job, are actually dangerous pieces of equipment if used improperly.

1. True or false? Although there are many different types of ladders, some rules apply to all ladders regardless of type.

The statement is true. Several rules apply to all ladders:

  • Ladders should be kept in good condition, free of any substances such as grease that could cause slipping hazards.
  • Use the correct ladder for the job.
  • Don’t overload ladders. Check the manufacturer’s rated load capacity to verify weight restrictions.
  • Ladders should only be placed on level surfaces unless secured to prevent movement.
  • Never attempt to move a ladder while it is in use.
  • Always face the ladder when moving up or down

2. It is important to follow the “three points of contact” rule when ascending or descending a ladder. What does this mean?

The three points of contact rule means that the climber, when moving up or down the ladder, must have:

  • Two hands and one foot in constant contact with the ladder or two feet and one hand in constant contact with the ladder.
  • Having three points of contact with the ladder reduces the risk of losing one’s balance and falling.

3. True or false? You can maintain three points of contact with the ladder and still carry objects using your extra hand.

This statement is false.

  • You cannot maintain three points of contact with a ladder and simultaneously carry items in either hand.
  • The safest way to carry small items with you is to utilize pouches, holsters or tool belts to do so.
  • For a heavy load, it is best to use a handline to safely lift or lower the load.

4. A stepladder is a self-supporting portable ladder that is non-adjustable in length, has flat steps and can range in size from 3 to 20 feet in length. Which of the following statements pertaining to stepladders is false?

a) A stepladder must have metal spreader or locking device to hold the ladder open while in use.
b) Some stepladders are designed with steps on both the front and back sections to accommodate two users.
c) The top step of a stepladder can be used as a step as long as you have something to help you maintain your balance.
d) None of the above.

The answer is c.
It is never safe to use the top or top step of a stepladder as a step.

Safety First!

To prevent injury, keep this information in mind the next time you use a ladder.

More Ladder Safety Training is available on EHS Blackboard site.

Courses available: Ladder Safety 101, Stepladder Safety, Single and Extension Ladder Safety, Mobile Ladder Safety and Articulated Ladder Safety.

Past Ladder Safety Month Stories

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

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