Friday, June 14, 2019

Employee, Dwayne Arneson - "Gets It!"


Good afternoon IDI employees,  

We have another employee getting some safety recognition.  Carpenter, Dwayne Arneson, a 7-year employee and Safety Advocate at IDI, was chosen as the employee of the week by Walsh Construction at the Cook County Hospital Renovation job site.  Dwayne earned this recognition by playing a pro-active role in the safety culture at this job site.  

Way to go Dwayne, way to represent!  

I love your answer to - Why do you work safely?  "To raise your my two daughters!" 

That's what its all about!

Next time you see Dwayne, give him an attaboy!



Thursday, June 13, 2019

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on 8/24/19!

Good morning to all IDI employees,

Just getting the word out that our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting is being held on Saturday, 8/24/19 from 7:00am to 9:00am at our Barrington office location at 28059 W. Commercial Ave.

We will provide more details about this safety meeting as we get closer to the meeting date.  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 August 24th, 2019.  In the meantime, keep looking out for each other.  Take care of your brother's and sister's as we are all one family!



Have a Safe Day!

Monday, May 6, 2019

OSHA National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down Week! (5/6/19 - 5/10/19)

Good morning to all IDI employees,

Today is the start of OSHA's National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down Week.  This is OSHA's 6th 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 364 of the 971 construction fatalities in the USA in 2017 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, 5/6/19, 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 is 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 fatal 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.

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, April 30, 2019


Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting Notice

You are invited to attend our 2nd volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2019. 

Who is invited?   All IDI employees 
                          
When is the meeting?   Saturday, May 4th, 2019
                                          7:00am to 9:00am

Where is the meeting?  At our Barrington Shop/Office
                                       (28059 W. Commercial Ave., Barrington, IL)

What is the topic?  Material Handling!
                         
International Decorator’s will be providing safety training on Material Handling.  We all handle materials and some of us more than others.  We will be training on safety techniques about the proper ways to lift, handle & move materials, amongst other things.  This topic is about you and your loved ones!

Please mark this on your calendar for 5/4/19. 

All employees in attendance that are non-Safety Advocates will receive 400 volunteer safety training incentive points towards our 2019 incentive program.   
  
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.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Have a Safe Day!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on 5/4/19!

Good morning to all IDI employees,

Just getting the word out that our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting is being held on Saturday, 5/4/19 from 7:00am to 9:00am at our Barrington office location at 28059 W. Commercial Ave.

We will provide more details about this safety meeting as we get closer to the meeting date.  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 4th, 2019.  In the meantime, keep looking out for each other.  Take care of your brother's and sister's as we are all one family!

Have a Safe Day!

Friday, March 29, 2019

5-Minute Morning Safety Huddles!

Good morning to all IDI employees,

Most of you are about to start working this morning and you might have a lot on your plate.  We all have a lot of stuff going on in our lives both at home in our personal lives and in our work lives.  IDI is busy.  When we are busy, we all have added risk and this risk is controllable by planning, caring and looking out for each other.  We have a required procedure in place called the 5-Minute Morning Safety Huddle.  This safety huddle is all about you!  It is about helping to ensure that each of us lives up to our safety mission statement - "Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition as They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!" The 5-Minute Morning Safety Huddles are a vital part of our safety culture and maybe even more vital when we are busy.  Performing a solid safety huddle at the beginning of your work shift will help to start the day on the right foot with safety.  The safety huddle is to get everybody on the same page with safety so we are proactive and not being reactive.  The safety huddle is only as good as you make it.  The safety huddles should be lead by our Safety Advocates and lead field supervisors, however, we need all employees engaged, involved and giving input.  You should be discussing any job site hazards that anyone has identified and discussing means & methods that we can implement to eliminate or reduce the hazards to an acceptable level or risk.  The safety huddle shall include a task hazard analysis.  The employees shall plan their tasks for the day, discuss the hazards of the tasks and what measures you are taking to prevent injury or health hazards due to the tasks and conditions.  Examples are; what equipment and materials will be needed to perform the task safely, how to use the equipment safely, PPE to be worn, inspecting electrical cords, inspecting equipment, using safety rails on scaffolds when required, locking scaffold wheels, safe ladder usage, fall protection planning, guards in place on saws and tools that require them, reporting open holes/trenches in the floor, overhead hazards, struck by hazards, etc.

Make today's morning safety huddle count!

Have a Safe Day!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Green Tape on All Extension Cords & 3-Pronged Electrical Tools as of 4/1/19!

Good morning to all I.D.I. employees:

We begin a new quarter on, 4/1/19 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 4/1/19 through 6/30/19. 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!