Friday, December 29, 2017

White Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords

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

We began a new quarter on 1/1/18 for our Assured Grounding Conductor Program. We are to switch over our cords from the previous quarter's orange tape to white 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 white 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 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 person. If the cord passes the visual inspection and the cord tester test, you should then remove the previous quarter's orange electrical tape and install the white electrical tape about 1" down from both plug ends. Your cord is now in compliance with our 1st quarter's Assured Grounding Conductor Program. The white tape shall remain in place from 1/1/18 through 3/31/18. 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 need a roll of white tape, please contact your Superintendent. 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, December 20, 2017

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on Saturday, 2/17/18 (Fall Protection - Part 2)

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

We are just getting the word out that our 1st volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2018 will be held on Saturday, February 17th at 7:00am.  We will be picking up where we left off at the 4th volunteer quarterly safety meeting held in November.  In November, we trained on fall protection.  We completed the fall protection topics of guardrails, hole covers & personal fall arrest systems.  At the February meeting, we are going to complete the fall protection training with training on warning lines, rescue planning and a few other fall protection items.  The safety meeting will be held at our office location in the warehouse at 28059 W. Commercial Ave., Barrington, IL 60010.

Also, at this safety meeting, we will be distributing the 2017 safety incentive items that everyone ordered.

We will be putting out some more information about this upcoming meeting as we get closer to the meeting date.

In the meantime, be safe for those working around you, yourself and for your loved ones!

We look forward to seeing you on February 17th. Should you have any questions regarding fall protection or the upcoming safety meeting, please call our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

I.D.I. Worked 300 Consecutive Days Without a Lost-Time Injury!!!!!

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

I just want to congratulate every single I.D.I. employee on your safety efforts.  As of today, you have reached a nice safety milestone of working 300 consecutive days since our last lost-time injury which encompassed a total of 282,047.25 hours worked.

Great job on looking out for each other's well being and for your own personal safety.  Let's continue to work together as a team to help us reach our next safety milestone of working 365 consecutive days (1 full year) without anyone sustaining a lost-time injury.

We couldn't do this without you.  It takes a team and people who care to make this happen.  It takes everyone buying in to safety and creating a safety culture where the only way to perform tasks is the safe way.  Please continue to do your part by making good choices and choosing to work safe.  Please continue to look out for each other's well being.  If you see one of our I.D.I. family members not making the correct choice and working in an unsafe manner, you are obligated to approach them to encourage them to work safe for the sake of themselves, their loved ones and for International Decorators, Inc.  Safety is everyone's responsibility and you do have the personal choice to work safe.  Each and every 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!"

If not for "Pete's sake," work safe for those working around you, your own well-being and for your loved ones!

If you have any questions regarding safety, please contact our Safety Director, Safety Pete at (847) 417-1689.
Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

I.D.I. Forming New 2018 Field Safety Committee!

As you all know, International Decorators has 2 Safety Committees.  One consists of management personnel and the other consists of field personnel.  Our 2017 Field Safety Committee has concluded and we are seeking field personnel to fill the vacant positions.  We are looking for a framer, drywall hanger, taper, painter and an acoustic carpenter to serve a 1 year volunteer commitment as a Field Safety Committee member.  This committee meets once every other month with the Safety Director (Safety Pete) starting in late January 2018, meaning that you would serve for 6 meetings during a 1 year period.  The meetings are typically held on a weekday at our office from 3:00pm – 4:30pm.  The meeting agenda typically consists of:

ü  A review of our safety goals.

ü  Recent incident/injury discussion & prevention methods.

ü  Updating and developing safety policies.

ü  Safety hazards that have been identified in the field and what we as a company can do to eliminate them or reduce them to an acceptable risk.

ü  Future safety training needs, etc.

This is basically a safety brain storming session and we are looking for your input to help us to sustain and improve on our “Safety Culture.”  The main purpose of the Field Safety Committee is about ensuring that you and your fellow co-workers have a safe environment to work in.  If you are interested in making a difference and helping out yourself, your co-workers and your employer, please contact your Superintendent, to discuss your interest level and then contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham by e-mail at pgraham@4idi.com.  Here’s a little carrot! – each meeting includes pizza, some lame comedy from Safety Pete and some end of the year recognition.

Have a Safe Day!

Monday, November 20, 2017

You've Heard the Old Saying - "Safety Pays!"

Good afternoon to all IDI employees,

Thank you to all of you who attended our 4th volunteer quarterly safety meeting on Saturday, 11/18/17, on Fall Protection Safety.  We hope the meeting was beneficial to you and your loved ones!  We truly appreciate that all of you took the time to invest in your safety by attending our volunteer quarterly safety meeting. This shows your commitment towards yourself, your loved ones, to those working around you and towards International Decorators!!!!!!! 

As most of you know, we had a raffle at the end of this safety meeting.  We raffled off 1 paid vacation day to 2 employees.  You had to be present at the safety meeting to be eligible to win a paid vacation day.  You may have heard this term before; “Safety Pays!”  Well it did for these gentlemen. The winners were – acoustic carpenter, Lane Garrelts and carpenter/drywall hanger, Isidro Serrato.  Congratulations to both of you!  We appreciate you attending the safety meeting.  

Also, on a side note, our President, Jim Gaszynski, was handing out $1.00 scratch-off lottery tickets to employees who were providing the correct answers to questions about fall protection during the safety meeting.  Painter, Craig Collisi, mentioned that he won $40.00 on his scratch-off lottery ticket.  Unfortunately, Craig did not stick around to buy me, Safety Pete, breakfast.

Again, thank you to all of you who attended!

Have a Safe Day!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on Saturday, 11/18/17 (Fall Protection)

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

We are just getting the word out that our 4th volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2017 will be held on Saturday, November 18th at 7:00am. The safety training topic will be Fall Protection!  The safety meeting will be held at our office location in the warehouse at 28059 W. Commercial Ave., Barrington, IL 60010.

Why are we providing safety training on fall protection?  Because, falls are the #1 cause of fatalities in construction in the United States.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 937 fatalities in construction in 2015 and 364 of the fatalities were due to falls from an elevation accounting for 39% of all construction related fatalities.  This means we are averaging losing 1 construction worker per day in the U.S. due to falls.  All of these fall fatalities are preventable!  We want to provide fall protection safety training so that you don’t become one of these statistics. We want for all of our employees to live up to our safety mission statement which is: “Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition as They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!”

We encourage everyone to attend for several reasons of which the most important reason is for your safety and for your loved ones. 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 look forward to seeing you on November 18th. Should you have any questions regarding fall protection or the upcoming safety meeting, please call our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Falls Are Leading Cause of Fatalities in Construction!

NYC Construction Worker Plummets 28 Floors to his Death

(The worksite where he died has been cited nine times since January.)

Authorities are saying that a 43-year old concrete worker who plummeted 28 stories to his death on Sept. 21 probably fell through a hole in the floor at the Manhattan high rise. The building, 1 Seaport, is a luxury residential building in the Financial District, featuring condos selling for $1.2 million to $7.5 million. 

The worker was laying concrete on the 29th floor of the building when he fell through an apparently unguarded hole in the floor and landed on the second floor of the building. Another worker at the site – which was issued a partial stop-work order from the New York Department of Buildings on Sept. 20 for “possible unsafe crane operation” – told Newsday that he heard a “big thump” and later realized it was the body of the worker. 

The all-glass 1 Seaport Residences building rises 670 feet and is described on the project's web site as "a modern lighthouse." The features 80 condos, which are encased in floor-to-ceiling glass.

According to news reports, nine violations resulting in fines have been issued to the project since January.  

Source:  EHS  Today  Construction Safety  Sandy Smith | Sep 21, 2017

The above story is exactly why we require daily 5-minute safety huddles before we commence performing construction tasks.  This is why we have 58 Safety Advocates/Coordinators.  This is why we train all of our employees to always be scanning for hazards, to report the hazards and to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate the hazards or to bring them to an acceptable level of risk.  

Make this morning's daily 5-minute huddle count!


Have a Safe Day!