"Safety Stand-Down"
Knik Construction Company’s Bethel crew held a demonstration on ladder and safety harness inspections, along with site specifics and a fire drill.

Photo provided by Knik Construction.


ne of the most dangerous aspects of construction work is working at elevation. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2021 recorded 378 fatalities due to falls from elevation; that’s more than a third of the 986 construction fatalities recorded that year.

Those deaths could have been prevented.

The National Safety Stand-Down, held May 1-5, is a yearly national event aimed at raising awareness of fall hazards and preventing fall fatalities and injuries.

The Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly with employees about safety, particularly focusing on fall hazards and prevention. But even companies with employees who are not exposed to fall hazards can join the event, using it as an opportunity to talk with workers about other job hazards they face.

AGC of Alaska held its own Safety Stand Down competition through a photo contest. Companies were asked to take a photo of their crew during a Stand Down event focusing on safety or fall prevention. Three companies submitted photos for the competition and a committee chose which photo best represented the goals of the Stand Down week.

Mac Stevens with ASRC Construction was the event’s winner this year. He won a gift card from AGC, a basket of safety gear, and a plaque with the winning photo on it, sponsored by ENSTAR.

Construction workers in harnesses at fall protection training seminar
Fall protection training took place at the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation’s temporary workforce camp dismantle project at Clear Space Force Station. The temporary camp is a 320-bed workforce camp built to accommodate construction of the CP3 power plant, part of the Long Range Discrimination Radar project at Clear. Now that the power plant is complete, the camp is being dismantled and removed. The process will have a variety of fall protection challenges, including a lot of manlift and roof-access work. The training was provided to ASRC Construction personnel on site to discuss specific hazards related to the work before work at heights began.

Photo provided by ASRC.

Drake Construction crew members in front of motor grader and bulldozer
The Drake Construction crew in Noorvik held a safety stand down at the Noorvik Airport Rehabilitation Project for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.

Photo provided by Drake Construction.

Carpenter Mac Stevens inspecting harness at training
Carpenter Mac Stevens practices inspecting a harness during fall protection training held at one of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation’s projects at Fort Wainwright.

Photo provided by Mac Stevens of ASRC Construction.

Knik Construction crew members
The Knik Construction Company’s Platinum shop inspected and demonstrated their harnesses.

Photo provided by Knik Construction.