Stripping formwork from under a slab can be risky business, especially when the forms are large, heavy pieces. A general contractor in Washington developed a method of removing soffit formwork by supporting it with a steel grid and then gently lowering it after falsework was removed. The method reduced stripping time and crew size to half of that required by conventional methods. It also eliminated the need for men to remove the soffit forms in cramped and dangerous positions. The general contractor reported that by dismantling the deck and grid at the lower level, his men had a tremendous increase in productivity. Heavy equipment was freed to use elsewhere, there was an excellent flow of materials out of the work area into the storage area, and congestion in the work area was less due to reduction in large equipment.