Coming May 3 - 7, 2021, find out about the National Safety Stand-Down for Falls in Construction.


What is a Safety Stand-Down?

It's when you take a break from normal work activities so your crew can focus on a particular jobsite safety topic, like training on safe use of ladders or inspection of full body harnesses.

Here’s a brief video from OSHA about the National Safety Stand-Down in 2016 about why the Safety Stand-Down is important:

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, as you can see from this Washington State infographic.

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Start now. Any construction business in Washington State can choose how to participate and what to address. You'll find plenty of ideas and ready-to-go resources on various topics.

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Ideas for Stand-Downs

Stand-Down activities can range from short toolbox talks to scheduled, full-day events. Pick what’s right for your company, and be mindful of the need to keep workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the Resources tab for additional information.

Planning for a full week of simple stand-down activities? Here are some ideas:

DAY 1 Ladders: 15-minute Toolbox talk with crew followed by safety audit of job site ladders to make improvements.

DAY 2 Roof, Skylights, Floor & Wall Openings: Show a video or use a handout that addresses one or more of these fall hazard sources that may be especially relevant at your current job site. Get ideas from crews about effective solutions for site issues and follow up.

DAY 3 A Life-Changing Moment: Fatalities and injuries happen all too often in construction. Hear the true story (Video) of one man's tragic fall in Washington State. Then ask your crew to share stories of “near misses” or injuries due to falls and ideas for successful solutions.

DAY 4 Your Fall Prevention Program: Create or refresh your own fall prevention program by reviewing L&I’s fall prevention training requirements. Show a short video about fall protection. Check out the resources on L&I’s Stand Down website at

Day 5 Reporting for Safety: Already had a Safety Stand-Down at your construction site? Great! Tell us about your Stand-Down and print out a Certificate of Participation from L&I.

Some simple stand-down ideas:

  • Pass out a fatality narrative or bulletin about a real-life fall incident to spark discussion with crews
  • Watch a fall prevention video with crews and recap important messages afterwards
  • Remind crews on how to report damaged gear, equipment, and other safety issues that could cause a fall
  • Ask crews to share “near miss” stories
  • Demonstrate inspection, set up, and safe use of portable ladders
  • Review the site fall protection work plan with crews

Some hands-on ideas:

  • Safety check jobsite ladders, fall protection systems, and other equipment using a checklist
  • Download and use NIOSH’s Ladder Safety App.
  • Guide crews through how to correctly inspect and put on fall protection
  • Develop a procedure for reporting and addressing damaged equipment. Supply “out of service” tags or tape to mark bad equipment
  • Walk around the jobsite with crews and point out possible fall hazard issues and solutions
  • Create a “What’s Right with this Photo” handout for crews. Take photos of safe equipment and solutions to fall safety problems

    Ideas that require more planning:

    • Contact a safety professional for an on-site consultation to review safety programs and help you identify and fix fall hazards
    • Find a safety speaker who is a fall incident survivor to speak to crews about what happened to them
    • Attend a safety event, that offers training on fall prevention
    • Set up a safety demonstration from an equipment vendor


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    Scaffolds & Aerial Lifts

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    Roofs & Skylights

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    Floor and Wall Openings

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