National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction MAY 7-11, 2018

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 andgoals. 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.

How to Conduct a Safety Stand-Down and FAQ's
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 May 7-11, 2018. 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.

2018 SWR Institute Stand-Down GoalsSWR Insitute Webinar: Walking Working Surfaces
Board of Director, Kelly Streeter (Alta Access) did a recorded webinar on the Walking Working Surfaces with the emphasis on anchors, ladders, training and documentation.   This webinar can be used as a resource for our industry during Stand-Down week. Watch Now!

Our goal is to reach 10,000 workers with this year’s Stand-Down.

Need Hard Hat Stickers for your Stand-Down?
Hard hat stickers of participation will be available (only have stickers in English. OSHA does not have Spanish this year).  Headquarters will be taking orders, so please be sure to list how many stickers you need when you register below.  These are free handouts!

Register for Stand-Down
It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to SWR Institute that we capture every company’s Stand-Down participation efforts.  We ask that every participating company REGISTER for this event prior to the week of May 7, 2018.  We will be sure to reach out to you at the conclusion of the Stand-Down to get your final number of workers reached.  Please register your company today:


Submit Sign-In Sheets to Nicole Dayoub
Please designate one person to scan and email all sign-in sheets to Nicole, Click here to download sign in sheet. 

Share Your Story with Us
Have you or someone in your company survived a fall from wearing fall protection equipment? If so, please provide us with a short video testimonial. We would love to share your success story and showcase it to our members.

Also, don’t forget to capture photos and video during your company’s stand-down, and send to  

Launch Photo Gallery 
Email your photos to

Certificate of Participation
Employers will be able to provide feedback about their Stand-Down and download a Certificate of Participation following the Stand-Down

Below are the participation numbers we received from our 2014, 2015, and 2016 National Safety Stand-Down

Since 2014 SWR Institute has been extremely active in raising awarness of preventing fall hazards in construction. SWR Institute has participating in FOUR National Fall Prevention Stand-Downs.

  • 2014 SWR Institute's Webinar for Fall Hazard Awareness Course for the Constuction Industry Webinar
    We had a total of 128 participates attend the webinar.
    Click here to listen to the webinar.
  • 2015 Participation Numbers
    SWR Institute had 25 member companies participate with an outreach of 4,967 workers.
  • 2016 Participation Numbers
    SWR Institute had 40 member companies participate with an outreach of 7,414 workers.
  • 2017 Participation Numbers
    SWR Institute had 31 member companies participate with an outreach of 6,652 workers.

    Thank you to eveyrone who particiated and for being such an engaged and involved SWR Institute member.

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