Friday, January 24, 2020

New 2020 Field Safety Committee & When is a Debris Chute Required?

Good morning to all IDI employees, 

We held our first field safety committee meeting of 2020 this past Wednesday.  Your new field safety committee members are: 

Oliverio Anaya - representing drywall hangers & framers
Mark Gulbrandsen - representing acoustic carpenters
Jose Plascencia - representing drywall finishers
Rick Rizzi - representing painters
Chris Rojas - representing drivers & warehouse
James Thomas - representing carpenters & framers

We had some good discussion on safety and one of the items that came out of this meeting was - when is a debris chute required when dumping scrap out of a structure?  

The following are the OSHA regulations on this subject matter.

So, with that being said, materials cannot be dumped or dropped down to ground level out of a structure, building, etc., from a height greater than 20 feet without the use of an OSHA compliant debris chute. 

Also, if you are dumping scrap out of a structure from below 20 feet, you still need to ensure that there are no people below that could be struck by the scrap.  You should caution tape off the area on the ground surrounding the dumpster that the scrap is being dumped into to warn others to stay clear of the area.  You also need to take into account the wind conditions.  

Lastly, don't forget about your personal fall protection if you are the employee that is dumping the material.  You would need to be protected from falling out of the structure by an OSHA compliant guardrail or you would need to be appropriately using fall arrest equipment such as a safety harness & retractable lanyard and you need to be tied-off/secured to a 5,000 lb anchorage point that is part of the structure.  

Should you have any questions on this subject, please contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham.  

As far as your 2020 field safety committee; please use them as a resource.  The field safety committee meets 6 times a year and the goal of the field safety committee is to help ensure you have a safe career so that you can go home to your loved ones.  If you have a safety matter, an idea for safety improvement or something related to safety that you are needing help with, you should contact our Safety Director, your Superintendent, one of our Safety Advocates, or seek out one of our field safety committee members so we can have a round-table discussion on your safety matter so we can develop a plan to get it resolved.  

Have a Safe Day!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Task-Based Safety Awareness Huddles

Good morning to all IDI employees,

How are your pre-shift Task-Based Safety Awareness Huddles going?  Make this morning's safety huddle matter!

1.  Before work commences, all IDI trades together as 1 team.

2.  Safety Advocate leads the safety huddle.  

3.  Ask the team – are there any job site hazards that we should all be aware of?

4.  Then discuss as a team our plan of action/preventative measures due to the hazards.

5.  Ask each trade group what their tasks are for the day, location of the tasks and their plan to perform the tasks safely.  (Dig Deep)

6.  Ask if anyone anticipates they will be working in awkward positions, over reaching, abnormal exertion or ongoing repetitive tasks; pre-task stretching should be implemented.

7.  If there are ongoing repetitive tasks that are causing soreness that could lead to an injury, advise the crew to inform their supervisor. (think about job rotation or switching out tasks for ongoing repetitive tasks)

8.  Ask what we can all do to prevent complacency, feeling of being rushed, fatigue and frustration from setting in.  (4 Mind States)

9.  End the safety huddle with being motivational and with trying to get everyone focused on safety, mind on task, eyes on task, not being in the line of fire and keeping balance, traction and grip.  (4 Critical Errors)

10. Be a great leader!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on 2/15/20!

Good afternoon to all IDI employees,

Just getting the word out that our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting is being held on Saturday, 2/15/20 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 February 15th, 2020.  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!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

White Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords as of 1/1/20!

Good morning to all I.D.I. employees:

We begin a new quarter tomorrow on 1/1/20 for our Assured Grounding Conductor Program. We are to switch over our cords from the previous quarter's orange tape to white tape.  To all Safety Advocates & Lead Field Supervisors, 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 white tape all extension cords and 3 pronged electrical tools.  All extension cords and tools 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 the lead person. 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 it is good and 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 person. If the cord passes the visual inspection and the cord tester test, you should then remove the previous quarter's orange electrical tape and install the white electrical tape about 1" down from both plug ends. Your cord is now in compliance with our 1st quarter's Assured Grounding Conductor Program. The white tape shall remain in place from 1/1/20 through 3/31/20. 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 need a roll of white tape, please contact your Superintendent. 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!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

High Winds on Wednesday, 11/27/19!

Good morning to all IDI employees, 

As most of you know, the Chicago and suburban area is expecting extremely high winds today with wind gusts expected up to 60 MPH.  If you are at a job site that has outdoor work, you need to be monitoring the wind conditions for all aerial lift work, outdoor scaffolding, roof work, etc. Our employees cannot be operating outdoor scissor lifts, boom lifts, working on outdoor scaffolding if the wind conditions at your job site are causing concern.  If in doubt, stop those operations and consult with your Superintendent.  Also, we need to ensure we are securing our outdoor equipment and materials from displacement due to the high winds. 

If you have any questions about this, please call your Superintendent or our Safety Director, Safety Pete.

Lastly, as you know, if you are an employee of IDI, you are considered family.  We want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!  We hope that everyone has a nice relaxing day, enjoy watching Da Bears, spending time with those that matter and giving thanks for everything we have!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on 11/16/19!

Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting Notice

You are invited to attend our 4th volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2019. 

Who is invited?   All employees 
When is the meeting?  Saturday, November 16th from                                                                7:00am to 9:00am

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

What is the topic?  “Task-Based 5 Minute Safety Huddles!”
International Decorators is offering volunteer safety training for all of our employees.  Our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting will be on Saturday, 11/16/19 from 7:00am to about 9:00am at our office. The safety training topic for this meeting is: “Task-Based 5 Minute Safety Huddles”.  As you know, IDI has a mandatory procedure in place called the 5 Minute Safety Huddle.  This is performed at the beginning of every shift.  The purpose of the safety huddle is to start the day off on the right foot with safety with the goal of preventing injuries and health hazards to our employees and those working around us.  IDI is providing training on this to promote consistency as to how the safety huddles are performed.
Please mark this on your calendar for 11/16/19. 

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

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Hall of Famer - Jim Woods is Retiring Today!

Good afternoon to all IDI employees,  

Just about every employee at IDI knows Jim Woods.  Jim has been a carpenter at IDI for the past 27 years.  If you didn't get to know Jim, it is unfortunate for you.  Not only was Jim a top notch hall of fame carpenter for IDI, he was also a mentor and coach to many of our carpenters that started at IDI after him and if you are following Jim's lead, you will no doubt, end up a hall of famer also.  Besides being a top notch carpenter, Jim is just a great guy, a family man and a professional.  Jim exemplifies what IDI's culture is all about.  Even though Jim is done working at IDI, he will always remain a family member.  
How could you not be a hall of fame carpenter with that last name!

Jim, on behalf of International Decorators, congratulations on your career and retirement from IDI.  Thank you for everything you did to help make IDI successful.  You are going to be hard to replace! 

If you see Jim today, please give that guy a hug for me.