Thursday, June 27, 2019

Summer Heat - Drink Plenty of Water and Communicate With Your Supervisors!

Good afternoon to all IDI employees:

Summer is upon us and the heat is getting turned up!  Just putting out a reminder of what to look for as far as heat exhaustion symptoms, prevention methods, etc.  We don't want our employees sustaining heat exhaustion type injuries as they are preventable.


Symptoms:

The symptoms of heat stress disorders are very slow to start, but increase in intensity if precautions are not taken. The onset of the initial symptoms are mild and usually involve headaches, thirst, tiredness and weakness. Heat stress can move to heat stroke, a life-threatening medical emergency, quickly when the body's natural cooling system breaks down and causes the body core temperature to rise and overheat the brain. Some of the symptoms of heat stroke are immense thirst, severe headaches, disorientation, dry/hot skin (no sweating) and possibly collapse.

Treatment/Prevention:

The following ideas may aid in combating heat stress disorders:
1. Employees accustomed to working in the heat are better candidates for job assignments where heat stress disorders may occur.
2. Until employees acclimate to the high temperatures, allow them for short frequent breaks to cool down.
3. If heat is affecting employees, it’s a good idea to rotate employees job tasks from the heat exposure area to a non-heat exposure area on a regular basis to help in avoiding heat stress symptoms.
4. Employees are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids (water, Gatorade, Powerade, etc.) to replace electrolytes. Water is actually the best choice. Employees should not drink any carbonated beverages (Coke, Pepsi, Energy drinks, etc.) as these only increase dehydration and give a false sense of being properly hydrated. Also, the use of alcohol the evening before the work shift, can lead to dehydration even before heat exposure.
4. Don't forget to protect your skin - wear sunscreen.

We need to keep an eye on each other and if an employee appears to be suffering from heat stress disorder, remove him or her from the heat and provide a cool, shaded place to rest and provide them with plenty of water. If the employee is disoriented or non-responsive, call for medical attention immediately, (911 in most areas). The goal is to recognize the hazards and symptoms of heat stress disorders and stop them before they occur. Remember, there is no better cure than prevention. Everybody working in the heat should be communicating and checking on each other


As always, if you are having to take extra breaks due to the extreme heat, you must notify your lead supervisor who in turn must contact your Superintendent.  


Should you have any questions regarding heat related stress, you are encouraged to call our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689. 



Have a Safe Day!

Red Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords as of 7/1/19!

Good morning to all I.D.I. employees:

We begin a new quarter for our Assured Grounding Conductor Program on Monday, 7/1/19.  We are to switch over our cords from green tape to red tape. To all Safety Advocates - please help keep our employees safe and help keep us OSHA compliant by following our assured grounding conductor program. Please inspect, test and color-code with red tape all 3-pronged electrical tools and extension cords. All electrical tools and cords need to be visually inspected. If you see any defects in the cords such as bare wires, severe kinks, missing or damaged ground prong, the cord pulling away from the plug end-housing, etc., then that tool or cord would need to be immediately removed from service and reported to your lead field supervisor. If your tool/cord passes the visual inspection, your next step is to test the cord with a receptacle tester. First, you should test the outlet that you will be plugging your cord into to ensure that it is properly wired. You should see 2 yellow lights lit up on your tester and the red light should be off. This means the outlet is working appropriately. Next, plug your cord into the outlet and then test the cord with the receptacle tester. Again, you should see the same light pattern as mentioned above and this would mean the cord passed the test and is safe to use. Any other light pattern means that there is a problem with the cord and the cord needs to be removed from service and reported to your lead field supervisor. If the cord passes the visual inspection and the cord tester test, you should then remove the previous quarter's green electrical tape and install the red electrical tape about 1" down from both plug ends. Your cord is now in compliance with our 3rd quarter's Assured Grounding Conductor Program. The red tape shall remain in place from 7/1/19 through 9/30/19. You are not quite done yet! All employees now need to visually inspect all electrical cords and tools on a daily basis and if any defects are found, the cord or tool needs to be immediately removed from service.

Thank you for taking the time to ensure your electrical tools and cords are in safe working order. Your actions may prevent one of our family members from sustaining an electrical shock type injury or worse yet and electrocution. If you have any questions regarding our Assured Grounding Conductor Program, please call our Safety Director, Peter Graham, at (847) 417-1689.


Have a Safe Day!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Emmanuel Calvillo - Employee of the Week at Cook County Renovation!

Good morning IDI employees,  

We have another employee getting some safety recognition.  Carpenter, Emmanuel Calvillo, was chosen as the employee of the week by Walsh Construction at the Cook County Hospital Renovation job site.  Emmanuel earned this recognition by playing a pro-active role in the safety culture at this job site.  

Way to go Emmanuel, way to make IDI proud!  

Emmanuel gets it - mentioning that he works safe so he can "enjoy time with his family." 


Whenever you see Emmanuel, please congratulate him.

Have a Safe Day!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Employee, Dwayne Arneson - "Gets It!"


Good afternoon IDI employees,  

We have another employee getting some safety recognition.  Carpenter, Dwayne Arneson, a 7-year employee and Safety Advocate at IDI, was chosen as the employee of the week by Walsh Construction at the Cook County Hospital Renovation job site.  Dwayne earned this recognition by playing a pro-active role in the safety culture at this job site.  

Way to go Dwayne, way to represent!  

I love your answer to - Why do you work safely?  "To raise your my two daughters!" 

That's what its all about!

Next time you see Dwayne, give him an attaboy!



Thursday, June 13, 2019

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on 8/24/19!

Good morning to all IDI employees,

Just getting the word out that our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting is being held on Saturday, 8/24/19 from 7:00am to 9:00am at our Barrington office location at 28059 W. Commercial Ave.

We will provide more details about this safety meeting as we get closer to the meeting date.  We provide safety training through our volunteer quarterly safety meetings because we care about you, your loved ones and the health of the company.  We provide this training because of our safety mission statement:  "Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition as They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!"

We hope to see you on August 24th, 2019.  In the meantime, keep looking out for each other.  Take care of your brother's and sister's as we are all one family!



Have a Safe Day!

Monday, May 6, 2019

OSHA National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down Week! (5/6/19 - 5/10/19)

Good morning to all IDI employees,

Today is the start of OSHA's National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down Week.  This is OSHA's 6th year of holding the Stand-Down and IDI has participated in this since it's inception.  OSHA's goal of the Stand-Down is to raise fall hazard awareness and prevent fall fatalities and injuries.  Falls are a leading cause of death for employees, accounting for 364 of the 971 construction fatalities in the USA in 2017 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  IDI will be participating in the fall prevention stand-down again this year.  The founder of IDI, Tony Pintozzi Sr., opened the doors of the company in 1952 and ever since IDI was established, we have never had a fall related fatality.  In fact, IDI has never had a work related fatality and is something that Tony and the current leaders of the company, Butch Pintozzi, Bill Preston, Jim Gaszynski, Don Perrin and Matt Kiefer are very proud of!

The following is how IDI will be participating in the Stand-Down.  On Monday, 5/6/19, we need for our lead field supervisors & Safety Advocates to gather your crews together during your toolbox talk session and we want everyone performing the same toolbox talk from your manual.  The toolbox talk to perform is from the Fall Protection tab of your manual, topic # FP8 and the name of the topic is: What is Fall Protection?  During this session, advise our employees that the purpose of this toolbox talk session is for our participation is OSHA's National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down.  We are taking a time out for safety and recognizing that falls from elevations are a serious matter.  During this session, we are looking for all employees to participate.  Ask employees if they have ever witnessed a fall at a construction site, what that was like and what affect it had on them.  Ask if they know of anyone who has sustained a fatal fall and again, discuss the affects it had on them, the affects it had on the victim's loved ones.  All employees should be sharing fall protection stories, safety tips and fall prevention related thoughts.  Also, many of the general contractors at the projects we are working at next week will be holding Fall Prevention Stand-Downs and we need for our employees to participate in those.

Falls from elevations are a serious matter and we need to take them seriously.  This Fall Prevention Stand-Down fits right in with our safety culture and our safety mission statement:  "Everyone Goes Home Alive And In The Same Condition As They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!  

We want to participate in this Stand-Down because we care about you!  You are part of the IDI family and family looks out for each other.

If you have any questions about this Stand-Down, please contact our Safety Director, Safety Pete at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting Notice

You are invited to attend our 2nd volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2019. 

Who is invited?   All IDI employees 
                          
When is the meeting?   Saturday, May 4th, 2019
                                          7:00am to 9:00am

Where is the meeting?  At our Barrington Shop/Office
                                       (28059 W. Commercial Ave., Barrington, IL)

What is the topic?  Material Handling!
                         
International Decorator’s will be providing safety training on Material Handling.  We all handle materials and some of us more than others.  We will be training on safety techniques about the proper ways to lift, handle & move materials, amongst other things.  This topic is about you and your loved ones!

Please mark this on your calendar for 5/4/19. 

All employees in attendance that are non-Safety Advocates will receive 400 volunteer safety training incentive points towards our 2019 incentive program.   
  
Should you have any questions about this meeting, please ask your Superintendent or contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689 or at pgraham@4idi.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Have a Safe Day!