Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls at Washington State's Construction Sites May 6 – 10, 2019

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Resources that offer compelling, real life survival stories along with important prevention tips can help crews see why preventing falls is important to their lives, livelihoods, and loved ones. Image from NICA's Don't Hit the Ground! video

Resources that offer compelling, real life survival stories along with important prevention tips can help crews see why preventing falls is important to their lives, livelihoods, and loved ones.

Image from NICA's Don't Hit the Ground! video (www.youtube.com).

Ideas for Stand-Down

Stand-Down activities can range from short toolbox talks to scheduled, full-day events. Pick what's right for your company.

Find resources for Stand-Down activities.

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

DAY 1 - Check for ladder safety issues: Have your competent person walk through the jobsite to check for ladder selection, set up, and use issues and successes. You may want to repeat this at the end of the week to see what's changed.

DAY 2 - Get rid of bad ladders! Have your competent person find, remove and replace all damaged ladders on the jobsite, or teach crews how to do this.

DAY 3 - End short cuts! Share and discuss a brief video or handout during a crew meeting to get crews thinking about how short cuts aren’t worth the real-life impacts that falls from ladders can have on project deadlines, careers, longterm health and families.

Day 4 - Show what’s right! Use a hands-on demonstration or show a video to teach the basics of ladder safety during a crew safety meeting.

DAY 5 - Encourage participation! Have crews practice spotting ladder hazards and finding solutions.

Some simple ideas:
  • Pass out a fatality narrative or bulletin about a real-life fall incident to spark discussion with crews.
  • Watch a ladder safety video (YouTube.com) with crews and recap important messages afterwards.

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  • 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 (www.cdc.gov) – It's free!

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  • 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.
Activities to plan for:

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  • Attend a safety event, like Construction Safety Day that offers training on fall prevention
  • Set up a safety demonstration from an equipment vendor

 

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