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!


Monday, March 30, 2020

Green Tape on All Extension Cords & 3-Pronged Electrical Tools as of 4/1/20!

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

We begin a new quarter on, 4/1/20 for our Assured Grounding Conductor Program and we are to switch over to green tape.  To all Safety Advocates/Lead Field Supervisors - 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 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 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 field supervisor. 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 4/1/20 through 6/30/20. You are not quite done yet! All employees now need to visually inspect all electrical cords and tools on a daily basis before use 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 and they will coordinate getting it 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, an electrocution. If you have any questions regarding our Assured Grounding Conductor Program, please contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham, at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Friday, March 13, 2020

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on 5/30/20!

Good morning to all IDI employees,

At our Saturday volunteer quarterly safety meeting held on 2/15/20, it was mentioned that our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting would be held on 5/9/20.  Due to that being Mothers Day weekend, we have rescheduled our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting to Saturday, 5/30/20 from 7:00am to 9:00am.  

Obviously, this is all pending the fluid situation regarding the Coronavirus.  We will provide further updates in regards to our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting as we get closer to May.  We will also provide more details about the safety meeting training topic in the near future.  

We provide safety training through our volunteer quarterly safety meetings because we care about you, your loved ones and the health of the company.  We provide this training because of our safety mission statement:  "Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition as They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!"

We hope to see you on May 30th, 2020.  In the meantime, keep looking out for each other.  Take care of your brothers and sisters as we are all one family!



Have a Safe Day!

Friday, February 28, 2020

Vicente Casas - Employee of the Week for 2/24/20 at Cook County Renovation!

Good morning IDI employees,  

We have yet another employee getting some safety recognition.  Drywall finisher, Vicente Casas, was chosen by Walsh Construction's Safety Manager, Rex Engle, as the employee of the week for 2/24/20 at the Cook County Hospital Renovation job site.  Each week, Rex Engle selects a trades-person that has demonstrated the highest level of dedication to working safely onsite to be Employee of the Week. Vicente earned this recognition by playing a pro-active role in the safety culture at this job site.  

Vicente says that the reason he works safe is: "For his Family and Himself!"

Vicente is a Chicago Bears fan, loves playing soccer and I love Vicente's answer as to what would be his dream vacation - "Just to be healthy."  

Vicente - great job, way to make IDI proud!  

Please congratulate Vicente when you see him.

Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Walter Herrera - Employee of the Week for 2/3/20 at Cook County Hospital Renovation!

Good morning IDI employees,  

We have another employee getting some safety recognition.  Drywall finisher, Walter Herrera, was chosen by Walsh Construction's Safety Manager, Rex Engle, as the employee of the week for 2/3/20 at the Cook County Hospital Renovation job site.  Each week, Rex Engle selects a trades-person that has demonstrated the highest level of dedication to working safely onsite to be Employee of the Week. Walter earned this recognition by playing a pro-active role in the safety culture at this job site.  

Walter mentioned that the reason he works safe is: "For his Family!"

Gotta love Walter as his favorite sports team is the White Sox and favorite color is IDI red!

Walter - great job, way to make IDI proud!  

Please congratulate Walter when you see him.

Have a Safe Day!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting, This Saturday, 2/15/20!

Good morning to all IDI employees,

Just putting out a final reminder that our next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting is this Saturday, 2/15/20 from 7:00am to 9:00am.  The safety training session will be held in it's usual location at our Barrington office at 28059 W. Commercial Ave. The safety training topics are:  Baker Scaffolds, Mini-Perry Mobile Workstands and Ladder Safety.  We will be raffling off three 1-day paid vacation days and you must be in attendance at the safety meeting to qualify to win. We will also be distributing the 2019 volunteer safety incentive items at this meeting.  

Our safety training meetings are all about you and your loved ones!  We provide safety training to help reduce the risk of injury and to help ensure that we are all living up to our safety mission statement:  "Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition as They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!" 

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

Have a Safe Day!