Friday, June 29, 2018

Red Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords as of 7/1/18!

Good morning to all I.D.I. employees:

We begin a new quarter for our Assured Grounding Conductor Program on Sunday, 7/1/18.  We are to switch over our cords from green tape to red tape. To all Safety Advocates/Coordinators - 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 7/1/18 through 9/30/18. 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!

Friday, June 15, 2018

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 soon to be getting temperatures in the 90 plus degree range.  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.

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 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!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Don't Leave Drywall on Drywall Carts Unattended!

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

We are just putting out a reminder to all of an I.D.I. best practice.  We cannot leave drywall on drywall carts unattended for long durations of time, such as overnight, as there is a risk of the drywall tipping and falling and seriously injuring someone.  You should only stack the amount of drywall on drywall carts that you will be using during your shift.  At the end of your shift, any drywall that is still on your drywall cart shall be removed from the drywall cart and stocked flat of the ground or on cribbing on the ground.  This doesn't only apply to drywall carts.  We cannot be leaving drywall stacked on its side leaning against walls, etc.  All drywall needs to be stacked flat on the ground or on cribbing on the ground when it is left unattended for long durations of time.  Also, if you are leaving drywall on a drywall cart for a short duration, for example (when going on lunch break), you should roll the drywall cart into an area where it is safe & secure and away from other contractors or the public so that the drywall isn't at risk falling on someone.  This best practice also applies to other materials that are stacked on drywall carts such as plywood, lead-board, cement board, etc.

Should you have any questions about the above, please contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689.
Have a Safe Day!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

IDI's Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on Saturday, 9/8/18

Good morning to all IDI employees,

We are just getting the word out that our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting is scheduled for Saturday, 9/8/18 at 7:00am.  We have not yet determined the safety training topic for this meeting.  Once that is determined, we will be providing more details to you.  At this point, we just wanted to provide you with the date so you can put it on your calendars.

Also, at our last volunteer quarterly safety meeting that was held on 5/5/18, we raffled off 3 paid vacation days.  You had to be present at the safety meeting to qualify for the vacation day raffle.
The vacation day winners were:  carpenter - Mike Logisz, carpenter - Dave Baker & taper - Jose Gonzalez.  As you can see, Safety Pays!  Congratulations gentlemen, we hope you enjoy your paid vacation day off work.

We want to thank the 155 employees who showed their commitment towards their loved ones, themselves, those working around you and towards the company, for attending our May volunteer quarterly safety meeting in which we trained on our Workplace Violence, Anti-Harassment and our Drugs & Alcohol policies.  At this meeting, IDI announced that we are now a "Drug-Free Workplace."  We feel that being a drug-free workplace fits right in with our positive safety culture.  We feel our employees benefit by working at a drug-free workplace in that it creates a safer and healthier work environment.  Our safety culture would not be what it is today without our employees safety involvement with safety commitment.  Each and everyone one of you is helping us to live up to our safety mission statement:  "Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition as They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!" 

Have a Safe Day!

Friday, May 4, 2018

OSHA National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down Week! (5/7/18 - 5/11/18)

Good afternoon to all IDI employees,

Next week is OSHA's National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down Week.  This is OSHA's 5th 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 370 of the 991 construction fatalities and 697 of the 5,190 fatalities in all industries recorded in 2016 (Bureau of Labor Statistics data).  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 and Don Perrin are very proud of!

The following is how IDI will be participating in the Stand-Down.  On Monday, 5/7/18, we need for our lead field supervisors, Safety Advocates and Safety Coordinators 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!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Final Reminder - Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting, Saturday, 5/5/18 at 7:00am!

Good morning to all IDI employees,

Just providing a final reminder that our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting is this Saturday, 5/5/18 at 7:00am.  The meeting will be held at our Barrington office located at 28059 W. Commercial Ave.  We will be providing training on our Workplace Violence, Anti-Harassment & Drug & Alcohol policies.  There will be a guest presenter providing this training.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday!

If you have any questions about this safety meeting, please reach out to your Superintendent.

Have a Safe Day!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

IDI Does Not Allow Metal Ladders!

Good morning to all IDI employees,

I just wanted to share a short article with all of you in regards to why IDI does not use metal ladders.
Below is an excerpt from an OSHA internet newsletter called OSHA Quicktakes - April 16, 2018 · Volume 17, Issue 8

Virginia Fines Painting Company Following Worker Electrocution

The Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Program issued four citations and $152,144 in penalties to Johnny Marenco Andasol and Darwin Marenco Andasol in Alexandria after a worker was electrocuted when an unguarded metal extension ladder made contact with a power line. VOSH inspectors concluded that the employers failed to adequately train workers using ladders about hazards from overhead power lines, and provide a ladder with nonconductive side rails.

The above is one of the main reasons that we only stock fiberglass and wood ladders.  This is for your safety; so you can go home to your loved ones in the same condition as you arrived. 

We are required by the OSHA regulations to maintain a minimum distance of 10' from power lines which includes you, your equipment and materials.

Please let me know of any questions.

Have a Safe Day!