Friday, August 19, 2016

OSHA Construction 30-Hour Couse

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

I have recently had some inquiries from employees about taking the OSHA Construction 30-hour course. 

There is an OSHA 30-hour course at Chicago Carpenters in Elk Grove that runs on 9/10, 9/17, 9/24 & 10/1.

There is an OSHA 30-hour course at District Council #30 for painters and drywall finishers that runs on 9/16, 9/17, 9/23 & 9/24.

There is an OSHA 30-hour course at District Council #14 for painters and drywall finishers that runs on 9/3, 9/4, 9/10 & 9/11. 

We are always encouraging our employees to complete the OSHA 30-hour construction course because of the benefits that can be gained from taking this course.  This course will help employees to get a better understanding of what safety is all about, a better understanding of the OSHA regulations that apply to working in the construction trades, it will help to make you a safer employee to help prevent you from getting injured, and it can benefit you from the standpoint in that we have many general contractors that require us to man their projects with employees that have a current OSHA 30-hour card and this makes you qualified to work at those projects.  

If you are considering taking the OSHA construction 30-hour at your union training school, you can contact them to get scheduled.  If you do complete this course, please advise our Safety Director, Peter Graham and send him a copy of your course completion certificate as you will receive safety incentive points for taking this course under our 2016 Volunteer Safety Training Incentive Plan.

Have a Safe Day!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Morning on 9/10/16!

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

Just getting the word out that our next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting will be held on Saturday, 9/10/16 at 7:00am at our Barrington office location.  We have not yet determined the safety training topic, however, we wanted to advise everyone of the date.

In the meantime, keep safety at the forefront of your mind with each task that you perform. Everyone should be participating in the mandatory 5-minute morning daily safety huddles to help promote everyone performing in a safe manner.  Some quick reminders - 100% hard hats, safety glasses & work boots.  Check your extension cords and electrical cords daily and remove them from service if defective.  Face shield and fire extinguishers required for chop saw and partner saw use.  Fall protection required for all employees exposed to falls of 6' or more to lower levels.  No standing on the top 2 steps of portable A-frame step ladders and can only use in the fully open position with the spreader arms locked.  Keep an eye on each other and help keep our I.D.I. family members safe so they can go home each day to their loved ones in the same condition as they arrived.

We look forward to seeing you at our 3rd volunteer quarterly safety meeting on 9/10/16.

Should you have any questions related to safety, please discuss with your lead field supervisor, your Superintendent and/or contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Red Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords as of 7/1/16!

Good morning to all I.D.I. employees:

We begin a new quarter on Friday, 7/1/16 for our Assured Grounding Program.  We are to switch over our cords from green tape to red tape. To all Safety Coordinators - please help keep our employees safe and help keep us OSHA compliant by following our assured grounding 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 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 oulet 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 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 Program. The red tape shall remain in place from 7/1/16 through 9/30/16. 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 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 Program, please call our Safety Director, Peter Graham, at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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

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

Summer is here and we are getting 90 plus degree weather this week.  This is a good time to put out another reminder of what to look for as for as heat exhaustion symptoms, prevention methods, etc.  Although summer heat is the largest cause of heat distress disorder, it may also occur when workers are exposed to confined areas such as pipelines, tanks and other spaces with limited ventilation, and any confined area involving welding or cutting.

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.

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 should be 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.

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.

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!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Two workers hospitalized after lightning strike at Libertyville H.S.

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

Please read the article below from the Chicago Tribune on 6/13/16.  We don't want this to happen to our I.D.I. family members.  If you are working outside and you see lightning, you need to stop work, get to a safe location and notify your Superintendent.  Your safety is our number one concern and the number one concern of your loved ones!

A roofing worker is seen atop Libertyville High School after the Libertyville Fire Department responded to a report of two roofing workers struck by lighting on June 13, 2016. (Joe Shuman / Chicago Tribune)
Robert McCoppin and Frank S. AbderholdenContact Reporters

Two construction workers at Libertyville High School were hospitalized Monday after they may have been indirectly struck by lightning, officials said.
The Libertyville Fire Department responded about 12:30 p.m. to a call that someone was struck by lightning while working on the roof of the high school at 708 W. Park Ave., Assistant Chief Michael Cloe said.
"The roofers were not struck directly by lightning, but appear to have sustained some energy from the lightning strike as it moved across the roof," District 128 spokeswoman Mary Todoric said.
The roofers, both men in their 30s, were off the roof by the time paramedics arrived and appeared to be "shaken up," fire officials said. They were taken in good condition to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

A roofing worker is seen atop Libertyville High School after the Libertyville Fire Department responded to a report of two roofing workers struck by lighting on June 13, 2016. (Joe Shuman / Chicago Tribune)
Riddiford Roofing Company was hired to replace a section of roof on south side of building as part of scheduled maintenance, Todoric said. A company spokesman, who did not want to be identified, said the workers were hospitalized as a "precaution."
"It was not as serious as originally thought," he said.
School officials said the building was hit, but no damage was found, Fire Chief Rich Carani said.
Gino Izzi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the fast-moving thunderstorm produced about 10 lightning strikes in the area of Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Lake Bluff and Lake Forest.
A Libertyville police officer saw a lightning bolt near the school, but did not know at the time exactly where it struck, Sgt. Ed Sindels said.
Cloe added that people should take cover when lightning appears in the area.
Robert McCoppin is a Tribune staff reporter and Frank Abderholden is a News-Sun staff reporter.
Copyright © 2016, Chicago Tribune

Monday, June 6, 2016

Final Reminder - Volunteer Quarterly Safety "Make-up" Meeting Wednesday, 6/8/16 at 4:00pm!

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

Just putting out a final reminder that our make-up safety meeting is this Wednesday, 6/8/16 at 4:00pm at our Barrington office in the warehouse!

As you all know, we held our 2nd volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2016 on Saturday, 5/21/16. We offer a volunteer make-up meeting for those that could not attend the regularly scheduled safety meeting either due to working for I.D.I. on the Saturday of the meeting or due to unforeseen circumstances, etc.

The volunteer quarterly safety make-up meeting is being held on Wednesday, 6/8/16 at 4:00pm at our Barrington office in our warehouse. The safety training topic is: "Struck-by & Caught Between Hazards" which are 2 parts of the OSHA Focus 4.

What is the OSHA Focus 4 you ask?  The OSHA Focus 4 are what OSHA considers the 4 main causes of the most fatalities on construction job sites.  The OSHA Focus 4 topics consists of fall hazards, electrocution hazards, struck-by hazards and caught-between hazards.  For example, OSHA reports that in 2007, there were 311 construction deaths that were caused by "struck-by" type incidents.  These include being struck by a crane's swing radius, moving equipment, materials, objects falling from overhead, vehicle, an aerial lift and many other things that can strike a person and injure them or cause a fatality.

We are asking everyone to help spread the word to all of our employees so they have the opportunity to attend.

Also if you are planning on attending, please contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham, no later than Tuesday, 6/7/16 at 3:00pm to let him know as we need an approximate head-count for the meeting as we have to prepare materials and for chair rental purposes. Peter can be reached by e-mail at or text to (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!