Thursday, April 13, 2017

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on Saturday, 5/6/17 at 7:00am!

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

Just getting the word out that our next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting of 2017 will be held on Saturday, May 6th at 7:00am at our main office located at 28059 W. Commercial Ave., Barrington, IL.  The main training topic will be on Aerial Lift Safety including both scissor lifts and boom lifts.

We use aerial lifts almost daily at one job site or another and it is important to know the do's and dont's of working in aerial lifts.  Struck-By and Caught-Between type injuries are 2 of OSHA's Focused Four topics as they cause a significant amount of fatalities in the construction industry.  We will include training on how to prevent Struck-By and Caught-Between type injuries involving aerial lifts.  We feel this is a very important topic as we use a numerous amount of aerial lifts on a given day and employees are required to have had aerial lift training before they can operate an aerial lift.  We will continue to advertise this meeting as we get closer to the meeting date.  In the meantime, we are asking for everyone's help to spread the word of the meeting date, time and topic.

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. Inspect all tools, equipment, scaffold and aerial lifts prior to use and again, remove them from service if they are 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 volunteer quarterly safety meeting on 5/6/17.

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!


Hope to see you at the meeting so everyone can ensure they perform safely while in a scissor lift like Jason Fye!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Green Tape on All Extension Cords & 3-Pronged Electrical Tools as of 4/1/17!

Good morning to all I.D.I. employees:

We begin a new quarter on, 4/1/17 for our Assured Grounding Conductor Program and we are to switch over to green tape.  To all Safety Advocates/Coordinators - We need your help to keep our employees safe and to help keep us OSHA compliant by following our assured grounding conductor program. Please inspect, test and color-code with green 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 white electrical tape and install the green electrical tape about 1" down from both plug ends. Your cord is now in compliance with our 2nd quarter's Assured Grounding Conductor Program. The green tape shall remain in place from 4/1/17 through 6/30/17. 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.

If you do not have green tape, please ask your Superintendent as they have green tape to provide to you.

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 contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham, at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I.D.I. Drivers Now Carry WD40 in Addition PPE, Etc.!

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

We just want to inform you of a suggestion that came out of our small group break-out sessions from a previous volunteer quarterly safety meeting.  One of the small groups was discussing that there are times when baker scaffolds remain at a job site for a long period of time due to reasons such as we are on a large project that takes a long time to complete.  We were advised that some of the baker scaffold components can become difficult to manipulate due to dust and exposure to the job site elements.  It was suggested by the small group that our drivers carry WD40 to hand to a field employee so they can lubricate baker scaffold components that may just need a little lubrication, such as baker scaffold wheels & brakes and the positive engagement locking pins. This was a terrific suggestion and we appreciate that this was brought up during the small group break-out session.

Our drives are now carrying WD40.  So, if you are at a job site and you need WD40, just ask one of our drivers.  In addition to WD40, our drivers carry personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, safety glasses, dust mask, gloves, face shields, 1st aid kits, high visibility vests and extension cords. If you need any of these items in small quantities, you can obtain it from our drivers.  If you need these items in larger quantities, you need to order them through your Superintendent.  Please do not rely on the drivers to provide you with items to stock your job site as far as PPE, etc.  They carry these items in small quantities more for the emergency basis, etc.

This is one of the reasons we implemented the small group break-out sessions as it provides an avenue for our employees to share their safety ideas, thoughts and concerns.  Great job on bringing this matter to our attention and also with providing a solution that benefits the company and our employees!

As we trained on at our February volunteer quarterly safety meeting, continue to inspect your scaffolds, equipment and tools daily before use.  If you come across anything defective, you are required to remove it from service and report the defective equipment/tools to your Superintendent so we can coordinate getting it removed from the job site as quick as possible and back to the shop for inspection, repair and/or destruction.

If you have any questions about this, please contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham.

Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Safety Meeting Photos!

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

I.D.I. held our volunteer quarterly safety meeting on 2/18/17 and our "make-up" safety meeting on 3/2/17. Below are some photos from both safety meetings.

We want to say thank you to all of the employees that attended our 2/18/17 and 3/2/17 volunteer quarterly safety meetings on Baker Scaffold and Mini-Perry Scaffold 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.  I.D.I. has the best employees!

Have a Safe Day!
 Recognizing our 2016 Field Safety Committee members for 
voluntarily serving on the committee for the year.
 Thank you for helping to make I.D.I. the industry leader in safety.

Great job - gentlemen! 

Recognizing our 2016 Safety Coordinators of the Year
Thank you for helping to oversee that all of our employees
are able to go home safely to their loved ones!







 Tom Graham & Vito Rizzi are setting up a double-stacked baker scaffold
to help with our safety training session.  These guys sure know how to get it done safely!

 Vito is so excited to be helping with our safety training that he decided to do a little dance.
The Safety Dance of course!









Expert Drywall Finisher/Taper, Jesus Nunez being recognized
by owner, Bill Preston for his 35 years of service, dedication & loyalty.
You da man - Jesus!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Final Reminder - Volunteer "Make-Up" Safety Meeting is Tomorrow, 3/2/17 at 4:00pm

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

As you all know, we held our 1st volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2017 on Saturday, 2/18/17. We had a terrific turn out and we want to extend a big thank you to all of you that attended.  We hope that the meeting was beneficial to you in the battle against injuries.

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, 3/2/17 at 4:00pm at our Barrington office. The safety training topic is: "Baker Scaffold & Mini-Perry Scaffold Safety."

Baker scaffolds and mini-Perry scaffolds (mobile workstands) are one of the most common pieces of equipment our employees use when they need to increase their work height.  We want to ensure that everyone is aware of how to use this equipment safely, how and when to inspect this equipment, when to use safety rails, etc.  Our goal of this training is to prevent injuries/incidents involving baker type scaffolds.

Each field employee (non-Safety Advocates) who attends this volunteer safety training session will earn 400 safety training incentive points for our current year.

We will also be distributing the 2016 safety incentives to the employees that participated in last years incentive program.

We look forward to seeing you at our volunteer quarterly safety make-up meeting on 3/2/17.

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.

Have a Safe Day!


  

Friday, February 24, 2017

I.D.I. - Award Winning Safety!!!!!


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

Look what you did!  I.D.I. is a member of Great Lakes Contractors Association (formerly Lake County Contractors Association) and last night we received the highest safety award for a contractor member in the 100,001 - 500,000 hours worked category.  We received this award for achieving ZERO LOST-TIME INJURIES during the 2016 calendar year.  You all earned this award.  I.D.I. has safety policies and procedures in place, we train on those policies, our employees attend the training, participate in the training, but at the end of the day, it is really up to each individual's personal choice that is made each second/minute of the day with each task being performed.  Employees have decisions to make when faced with challenging situations and our safety culture is about making the correct appropriate safety decision every time.  In 2016, you all made the choice to work safe.  This award is about you and your loved ones!  Our goal is to not just receive this award occasionally.  It's about safety consistency. Minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, year in and year out making safe choices, both at work and at home, looking out for each other and having a positive attitude towards safety. I.D.I. has earned this same award in the past such as in 2014.  We have never earned this award in back to back years. We are off to a good start of having back to back years with zero lost-time injuries as we are 2 months into the 2017 year and have not had a lost-time injury. You all have worked 443 consecutive days since our last lost-time injury.  During those 443 days I.D.I. employees together worked 468,454.75 hours.  We are approaching 1/2 million hours worked without a lost-time injury.  Please keep our safety mission statement at the forefront of your mind with each task you perform:  "Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition As They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!"    

*** Congratulations to all I.D.I. employees ***

Have a Safe Day!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Volunteer Quarterly Safety "Make-Up" Meeting on Thursday, 3/2/17 at 4:00pm!!!

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

As you all know, we held our 1st volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2017 on Saturday, 2/18/17. We had a terrific turn out and we want to extend a big thank you to all of you that attended.  We hope that the meeting was beneficial to you in the battle against injuries.

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, 3/2/17 at 4:00pm at our Barrington office. The safety training topic is: "Baker Scaffold & Mini-Perry Scaffold Safety."

Baker scaffolds and mini-Perry scaffolds (mobile workstands) are one of the most common pieces of equipment our employees use when they need to increase their work height.  We want to ensure that everyone is aware of how to use this equipment safely, how and when to inspect this equipment, when to use safety rails, etc.  Our goal of this training is to prevent injuries/incidents involving baker type scaffolds.

Each field employee (non-Safety Advocates) who attends this volunteer safety training session will earn 400 safety training incentive points for our current year.

We will also be distributing the 2016 safety incentives to the employees that participated in last years incentive program.

We look forward to seeing you at our volunteer quarterly safety make-up meeting on 3/2/17.

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.

Have a Safe Day!