National Safety Stand Down

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 378 of the 986 construction fatalities recorded in 2021 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.

May 3 Webinar 
Swing Stage Operations: Life Saving Techniques
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â–ºAfter the Stand-Down
Please be sure to download the sign-up sheet and email to Nicole Dayoub after the completion of your Stand-Down. Please send any photos or videos to Nicole Dayoub, Plus, don't forget to tag us on LinkedIn and Instagram. Use the hashtag: #SWRIStandDown & #StandDown4Safety

What is a Safety Stand-Down?

A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on "Fall Hazards" and reinforcing the importance of "Fall Prevention". Employers of companies not exposed to fall hazards, can also use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about the other job hazards they face, protective methods, and the company's safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall and other job hazards they see.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. In past years, participants included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. Military, other government participants, unions, employer's trade associations, institutes, employee interest organizations, and safety equipment manufacturers.


OSHA is partnering with key groups to assist with this effort, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.

How to Conduct a Safety Stand-Down and FAQs

Companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job specific hazards. Managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime. See Suggestions to Prepare for a Successful "Stand-Down" and Highlights from the Past Stand-Downs. OSHA also hosts an Events page with events that are free and open to the public to help employers and employees find events in your area.

If you plan to host a free event that is open to the public, you may contact your Regional Stand-Down Coordinator.

Resources for Employers & Employees
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Certificate of Participation

Thank you for joining thousands of employers in the 2023 Fall Prevention Stand-Down. This certificate of participation is yours in recognition of the time and effort you devoted to talk about preventing falls with your crew. Of course, every day should be fall prevention day, so I challenge you to build on the steps you took today. I hope you will keep talking to your employees and dedicating yourself to preventing falls at your worksites. Click here to download yours. 

Share Your Story With Us

Please send any photso or videos to Nicole Dayoub, Plus, don't forget to tag us on LinkedIn and Instagram. Use the hashtag: #StandDown4Safety.  

Past SWR Institute Stand-Downs
SWR Institute 2022 Stand-Down Webinar
On May 3, 2022 SWR Institute Safety Committee Volunteers, Mike Wiley (Tatley-Grund, Inc) and Jim Dougherty (Spider) gave a presentation on Swing Stage Rescue & Planning. Click here to view the recording of this presentation. 

  • Click here to view the document, Working at Heights Rescue Procedure
  • Click here to view the editable document, Working at Heights Rescue Plan