Friday, March 2, 2018

February 2018 Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting - Recognition, Photos & More!

Good morning to all IDI employees,

Just following up with everyone in regards to our February volunteer quarterly safety meeting in which we trained on fall protection. We had a total of 156 IDI employees in attendance including office personnel.  We want to thank each and every one of you who attended this safety meeting.  This shows your commitment towards the company, those working around you, towards yourself and your loved ones!  We appreciate you taking the time to invest in safety and with helping us to sustain our positive safety culture.  Also, at this meeting, we recognized our 2017 Field Safety Committee members that voluntarily served last year:  Nate Jensch, Sergio Murguia, James Seeberger, Bob (BVG) Van Garsse & Norbert Widrick.  Please thank these gentlemen for looking out for your best interest when it comes to your safety.  We recognized our 2017 Safety Advocates of the Year.  We have 20 names on the Safety Advocate of the Year banner that hangs from the rafters of our warehouse as these 20 Safety Advocates were elite in helping us to maintain our positive safety culture, injury prevention, hazard identification with prompt corrective measures.  The 2017 Safety Advocates of the Year are:  Jesse Aguirre, Dwayne Arneson, Dave Baker, Earl Bingman, Jason Brennan, Todd Consoer, Daniel Correa, Ron Doane, Angel Flores, Chris Frankowski, Ryan Johnson, Julian Nunez, Matt Paplawskas, Chuck Pedersen, Jose Plascencia, Kurt Pressney, Keith Rehn, Fernando Rodriguez, Dave Snedecor & Steve Yates.  Congratulations to all of you and thank you for all that you do!  When you sees that gentlemen, they should be thanked for their efforts as they are looking out for your safety.  Lastly, we want to thank our facilitators who help with the small group break-out sessions.  Thank you for caring about our employees safety and helping to ensure they can all go home at the end of the day to their loved ones!

All of you are our safety culture.  It is because of you and your safety efforts that makes us the industry leader in safety.  At our 2/17/18 quarterly safety meeting, we celebrated 1 year to date since our last lost-time injury.  This is quite an achievement.  If we can work a full year without a lost-time injury, there is absolutely no reason why we can't do 2 years.  Let's continue to look out for each other, help each other, have each other's backs when it comes to safety.  Let's continue to strive 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!"

Below are some photos from this safety meeting.
Have a Safe Day!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Final Reminder - Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting Saturday, 2/17/18 at 7:00am!

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

Just putting out a final reminder that our first Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting of 2018 is being held on Saturday, February 17th at 7:00am at our main office located at 28059 W. Commercial Ave., Barrington, IL.  At our previous volunteer quarterly safety meeting held in November 2017, we trained on the following:  What is Fall Protection, Why IDI trains on Fall Protection, Fall Protection Injury & Fatality Statistics; and we completed the sections on guardrails, hole covers & personal fall arrest systems.  We did not complete all the categories of the fall protection standard so at our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting on 2/17/18, we are going to pick up where we left off.  We are going to complete the fall protection training and we will be training on warning lines, fall protection rescue planning and a few other important items.  Falls from heights of 6’ or more to a lower level are the #1 killer in construction and #1 on the list for OSHA violations.  We are providing this safety training because we care about you and your loved ones!

We will also be distributing the 2017 volunteer safety training incentives items that were ordered by the employees that participated in last year's incentive plan.  In order for an employee to receive their safety incentive items at the 2/17/18 meeting, we need your tool inventory sheet from you no later than the end of the day today, 2/9/18.  If you already turned yours in to your Superintendent, then you are good to go.  If you don’t know what I am talking about, please contact your Superintendent and ask them what the tool inventory sheet is about.

We look forward to see you at the volunteer quarterly safety meeting.

Have a Safe Day!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Weathertech Superbowl Commercial (Bingman & Stierle are Famous!!!!!)

Good morning to all IDI employees,

All of you are working with 2 television celebrities.  Last night during the Superbowl, Weathertech ran a 30 second commercial that showed construction of their factory in Bolingbrook of which IDI has been performing at over the past year.  Our very own carpenters, Earl Bingman & Rick Stierle were in the commercial.  You can click on the video below and you will see them around the 14 second mark of the video performing carpentry work while in a boom lift.  You can click on the little square box at the bottom right corner of the video to see the video in full screen.

This is another reason to work safe, as you never know when the cameras are on and you will be seen by millions and millions of people.

Great job gentlemen, way to work safe while on national T.V.  Way to make IDI proud!!!!!!

Have a Safe Day!

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  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!