Falls are the leading cause of injury and death in construction in Washington State. Those deaths are preventable.

Each year in May, companies from all over Washington state and L&I participate in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction with the goal of preventing fall fatalities and injuries. This year's Stand-Down is scheduled for May 6-10, 2024.

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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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, such as training on safe use of ladders or inspection of full body harnesses.

Falls are the leading cause of injury and death in construction in Washington state, as shown in this infographic.

Falls in Construction | Spanish

Infographic: Construction Fatalities from Falls | Spanish

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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. Watch this video of one construction company's Safety Stand-Down and how they got their teams involved in developing their safety plan.  Pick what’s right for your company.

See the Resources tab for additional information.

Stand-down Ideas

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

Day 1, Ladder Safety: 15-minute Toolbox talk with crew followed by safety audit of job site ladders to make improvements.

Day 2, Roofing Safety: Falls Change Lives — David's Story — What happens when you fall from a roof? Hear the true story (Video) of one man's tragic fall and how it changed his life forever. Then ask your crew to share stories of “near misses” or injuries due to falls and ideas for successful solutions.

Day 3, Skylight, Floor, & Wall Opening Safety: Show a video or use a handout that addresses these fall hazards that may be common at your job site. Get ideas from crews about effective solutions for site issues and follow-up.

Day 4, Assess Your Fall Hazards: Use this Construction Safety Checklist to help identify fall hazards at your current job site. Get ideas from your crew about how to effectively prevent falls while doing the work. Use the results to create or refresh your fall prevention program.

Day 5, Reporting for Safety: Already had a Safety Stand-Down at your construction site? Great! Tell us about your event (Spanish) 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.

Hands-on Ideas

Planning for a full week of simple hands-on activities? Here are some 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.
Resources

Fall protection

Basic & Ready-to-Use

Hands-on

Ladders

Basic & Ready-to-Use

Hands-on

Scaffolds & Aerial Lifts

Basic & Ready-to-Use

Hands-on

Roofs & Skylights

Basic & Ready-to-Use

Floor and Wall Openings

Basic & Ready-to-Use

Other resources

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