Monday, October 17, 2016

Complacency is Dangerous!

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

As you know, our recent volunteer quarterly safety training meeting was on Behavioral Based Safety which included the 4 mind-states that are known to be leading causes of injuries.  The 4 mind-states are Rushing, Frustration, Fatigue and Complacency.  These 4 mind-states can cause or contribute to these 4 critical errors: Eyes not on Task, Mind not on Task, Being in the Line of Fire and/or Loss of Balance, Traction and Grip.  

I found a toolbox talk in regards to complacency and I wanted to share it with everyone.  Please see the toolbox talk below.  

Complacency can be defined as self-satisfaction, especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies. Complacency is extremely dangerous in the workplace.  We get so used to things being done the same way every day and we don’t always look at the hazards in our surroundings.  We may also underestimate the risk of tasks that we perform regularly, or fail to notice a change in our environment when we become complacent in our daily routines. When working on the job, there is danger when a person goes on auto-pilot.  All too often we don’t realize how complacent we are until we have a near miss or incident. When something like this happens, it jump starts our heart and then we refocus our attention.  Most incidents are caused by unsafe acts. Companies and employees work hard to create a safe workplace and eliminate unsafe acts.  But what happens to one’s own unsafe behavior?  If you read between the lines of incident reports, you may see that workers involved in the incidents had become complacent about safety.  When workers begin to work in auto-pilot mode, and stop paying attention to what they are doing, that can lead to taking short cuts and taking risks. If employees aren’t thinking about what could go wrong every day, all day while they work, they are not completing the task safely.  Workers need to be trained to think ahead as they approach each task and consider:

· What they are working with
· What they will be doing
· Where they will be going
· What could go wrong

Encourage employees to examine equipment, procedures and the hazards that may exist. They need to focus physically and mentally on their work, no matter how many times they have done the same job in the past. 

Keep an eye on each other and help each other to perform in a safe manner, your loved ones count on it!

Don't let complacency happen to you and to those working around you. 

Have a Safe Day!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Volunteer Safety Meeting - Video Footage : Behavioral Based Safety!

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

Below is some footage from last night's volunteer make-up safety meeting.
We want to say thank you to all of the employees that attended our 9/10/16 and 9/29/16 volunteer safety meetings on Behavioral Based Safety!  We hope this safety session was beneficial to all of you in helping to win the battle against injuries.  We appreciate all of you taking time out of your busy lives to help make our safety culture the best in the construction industry.

Have a Safe Weekend!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Orange Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords on 10/1/16!

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

We began a new quarter on 10/1/16 for our Assured Grounding Program. We are to switch over our cords from the previous quarter's red tape to orange 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 orange 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 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 red electrical tape and install the orange electrical tape about 1" down from both plug ends. Your cord is now in compliance with our 4th quarter's Assured Grounding Program. The orange tape shall remain in place from 10/1/16 through 12/31/16. 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 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 Program, please call our Safety Director, Peter Graham, at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Volunteer Quarterly Safety "Make-Up" Meeting on Thursday, 9/29/16 at 4:00pm

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

As you all know, we held our 3rd volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2016 on Saturday, 9/10/16. 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 Thursday, 9/29/16 at 4:00pm at our Barrington office in our warehouse. The safety training topic is: "Behavioral Based Safety."

This type of training is in line with what we are trying to accomplish with our safety culture. This training focuses on four mind sets which can lead to injuries which are rushing, frustration, fatigue and complacency which can cause or contribute to four critical errors which are eyes not on task, mind not on task, being in the line-of-fire and/or loss of balance/traction and grip which increase the risk of injury.

Each employee that attends this safety meeting will earn 400 volunteer safety training incentive points for our current year.

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 Wednesday, 9/28/16 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!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sprinkler Flood Damage - Limited in Part by 5-Minute Morning Safety Huddle!

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

Often times we only hear the bad things that happen when it comes to safety.  Well last Thursday, a great thing occurred that I felt the need to share with everyone.

Our crew was working on the 4th floor at a project.  Another contractor struck a sprinkler head on the 4th floor causing water to start flooding an area on the 4th floor.  Our lead field supervisor, Matt Larson, said that our apprentice carpenter, Robert Hula, immediately yelled out to Matt and the rest of our crew to “shut off the water valve, a sprinkler pipe got hit!”  Matt immediately dismounted from his baker scaffold, grabbed a portable ladder, shut off the water valve and opened the drain valve.  This stopped the water flow and the water left in the pipes then flows through the pipes to the drain instead of out into the space.  Matt also said our crew jumped on helping to prevent the water from getting down the cored holes in the concrete floor and the water got contained to minimize the damage. 

Matt advised that our 5-minute morning safety huddles played a big role in this.  Matt goes over these procedures every day in his 5-minute morning safety huddle.  He reminds the crew that the sprinkler pipes are live, be aware of where they are when you are working around them and to not bump them.  He also goes over as to where the shut off valves are.  Matt also said thank you to our company for doing the training that we do as it prepared him to deal with situations like this and to be aware of live sprinkler pipes.  Matt advised that his crew followed the procedures that they discuss every morning and Robert Hula acted quickly and correctly. Matt advised that the 5-minute daily huddles provided him with the avenue to go over procedures like this.

Matt – terrific job to you, your crew and Robert on being prepared and for preparing your crew! You and your crew's actions potentially saved thousands of dollars, further frustration, time and great client relations. 

Great job!!!!!!!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting Notice

You are invited to attend our 3rd volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2016. 

Who is invited?   All employees 
When is the meeting?  Saturday, September 10th 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?  “Behavioral Based Safety!”
International Decorators is offering volunteer safety training for all of our employees.  Our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting will be on Saturday, 9/10/16 from 7:00am to about 9:00am at our office. The safety training topic for this meeting is: “Behavioral Based Safety” and this will be presented by a guest trainer.   
Each field employee who attends this safety training session will earn 400 safety training incentive points for our current year. 

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

See you at the meeting!

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!