Stop the STCKY®

Sundt is pursuing safety excellence. Join us in reshaping the construction safety landscape through innovation and a relentless focus on the S#*! That Can Kill You (STCKY).


In 2019, we discovered the construction industry’s recordable injury rate (RIR) has steadily fallen over the last 20 years, however the rate at which construction workers lose their lives on the jobsite hadn’t declined since 2007. Over enough work hours, even the safest contractors could inevitably face a fatality. That’s not an acceptable result.

To understand how we can prevent those results, we started  examining every incident, every outcome, our safety belief system, and our assumptions about safety. How do we best identify the risks of our work and then plan for them? To answer this question, we created and implemented the Stop the STCKY program. Now the 1st place winner of the 2024 AGC of America Innovation Award, we believe Stop the STCKY can disrupt the plateau and redefine safety in our industry.

Track & Classify All Incidents

Go Beyond Recordables

Report and track all unplanned events.
Include near-misses and successes.

Not All Incidents Are Equal

Incidents should be classified as STCKY (high-energy) or Non-STCKY releases of energy

Reframe Assumptions about Risk & Safety

Report all Incidents—Any Unplanned Event

Train for Risk Assessment

Protection requires a new framework for assessing jobsite hazards, direct controls and safeguards.

Four-Step Causal Analysis

Unplanned events are inevitable. We must seek to understand why incidents happen rather than assign blame.

Coaching First Approach

To change how safe choices are made in the field, we have to coach our teams on the decision making tools that Stop the STCKY.  


We work in an inherently dangerous industry. Incidents happen when we fail to account for hazards involved in a task. We created the STCKY Wheel to help aid in identifying energy sources that most frequently are the source of severe injuries and fatalities, which we call STCKY energy. 

New Actions

To make an impact, this new safety framework requires a new set of activities


First and foremost, conduct daily and weekly walks of the jobsite to identify high-energy (STCKY) hazards, and proper protection; direct controls and safeguards. 


Direct Controls

Direct controls prevent the release of STCKY energy, withstanding human error. Examples of direct controls include lock-out tag-out, properly protected excavations and engineered fall protection systems.


Safeguards target the transfer of, or exposure to, released STCKY energy. Examples include excavation perimeter protection, controlled access zones, and use of a spotter.

The Tech to Back it up

Stop the STCKY uses modern solutions that make sure these new daily activities don’t slow down the action. Smart technologies make incident reporting and analysis seamless and convenient to the field to the office. 

Incident Reporting App

Convenient and seamless on-the-spot reporting & classification of all incidents using a custom mobile app. 

STCKY Walk App

Easily record all high-energy hazards observed on each STCKY walk, and whether the proper direct controls and safeguards are in place.  

Safety Dashboard

Transparent and intuitive reports make it easy to track progress on your mission to Stop the STCKY.

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