Friday, September 11, 2020

OSHA National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down Week! (9/14/20 - 9/18/20)

Good morning to all IDI employees,

Monday is the start of OSHA's National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down Week.  This is OSHA's 7th 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 338 of the 1008 construction fatalities in the USA in 2018 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  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, Don Perrin and Matt Kiefer are very proud of!

The following is how IDI will be participating in the Stand-Down.  On Monday, 9/14/20, we need for our lead field supervisors & Safety Advocates 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 in 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 serious 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 also.  Please remember to practice social distancing while gathering for the safety stand-down.

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!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Status of our IDI Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meetings

Good afternoon to all IDI employees, 

As you know, IDI hosts in-person volunteer quarterly safety training meetings for all employees for the past 2 plus decades.  Due to Covid-19, we have been unable to host in-person safety training meetings for large gatherings of employees so we have been having to do things a little different for a while.  Our last in-person volunteer quarterly safety meeting held in our warehouse was in February 2020.  Our 2nd and 3rd volunteer quarterly safety meetings of 2020 that are typically held in May and August respectively, were held in a video type format with a 10 question quiz.  At this point, unless there are some big changes for the positive, it is looking like our 4th volunteer quarterly safety meeting, which is typically held in November, will most likely again be in video format with a quiz.  

We miss seeing everyone under the same roof.  We miss the camaraderie that comes with everyone coming together.  We will keep you posted over the next few months as to the exact format of our 4th volunteer quarterly safety meeting, but at this time, it is looking more and more as if it will be in video format with a quiz.  Please keep on the lookout for future email blasts with more details. 

In the meantime, don't let your guard down in the battle against injuries.  Keep doing what you have always been doing in keeping an eye on each other and looking out for your brothers and sisters.  Make your daily Task-Based Safety Awareness Huddles matter as your Loved Ones Count On It!

As always, if you aren't sure of something, stop, take a breath and discuss with your lead field supervisor or Superintendent.  You can also call our Safety Director, Safety Pete with any safety related questions, to consult or just to say "yo, yo Pete!"  

Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

IDI Takes Its Safety Culture Out East to New York!

Good afternoon to all IDI employees,  

As many of you know, we have a painting and taping crew lead by Superintendent, Matt Larson, out in New York working at a huge project called Vassar Brothers Medical Center.  Our original crew started out east on 6/16/20.  They are working long hours and performing outstanding work.  To date, our employees have worked 4,870 incident-free hours on this project!  Below is a video showing their daily stretch & bend lead by drywall finisher, Vicente Casas.  Great job Vicente in taking the lead!

We are very proud of the whole team and all the safe work you are doing!  Way to go; way to represent IDI and show what we are capable of!

To view the video, you may have to click twice on the arrow.

Have a Safe Day!

Monday, July 6, 2020

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

Good morning to all IDI employees:

Summer is upon us and the heat is getting turned up!  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!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Red Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords as of 7/1/20!

Good morning to all IDI employees:

We begin a new quarter for our Assured Grounding Conductor Program on Wednesday, 7/1/20.  We are to switch over our cords from green tape to red tape. To all Safety Advocates - 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 7/1/20 through 9/30/20. 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 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, May 20, 2020

Potential Danger When Using Hand Sanitizer!

Good afternoon to all IDI employees, 

As you know, many of you are using hand sanitizer to disinfect your hands, due to Covid-19.  Below is the toolbox talk sent out to our Safety Advocates to perform this past Monday.  I am posting this on our safety blog for all to refer to if needed.  I feel this is a good reminder about the flammability of alcohol based products.  Please keep this in mind at home also.  Don't let this happen to you or your loved ones!

Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Preventing the Spread of Covid-19

Good morning IDI employees, 

As you all know, we are living in some unusual times with the Coronavirus affecting all of our daily lives.  I just want to put out a reminder so that we don't let our guard down and we keep up the battle against this virus. 

The following are the CDC Guidelines that we must follow to prevent the spread of the virus:
•  Practice social distancing - putting physical distance between yourself and other people (6 ft whenever possible).  

•  Stay home from work if you are sick (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chest tightness, flu-like symptoms) and report this to your Superintendent.

•  Stay home if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 or you have been out of the United States in the past 14 days and report this to your Superintendent.

•  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

•  If hand washing facilities are unavailable, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

•  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

•  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

•  Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash or use the inside of your elbow.

•  Clean and disinfect your frequently touched objects/surfaces, tools, equipment, computers, phone, doorknobs, hand-rails, etc.

•  Must wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose when in public places and when at job sites when 6' social distancing cannot be maintained.  However, please keep in mind that many job sites have a 100% requirement for wearing face coverings at all times and we must follow those requirements. 

We hope that all of you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.  We are proud of all the essential work you are all performing and we will all get through this together as a team/family!

If you have any questions about the above CDC guidelines, please contact me, Safety Pete. 

Have a Safe Day!