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!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Orange Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords on 10/1/17!

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

We began a new quarter on 10/1/17 for our Assured Grounding Conductor Program. We are to switch over our cords from the previous quarter's red tape to orange 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 orange 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 oulet 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 red electrical tape and install the orange electrical tape about 1" down from both plug ends. Your cord is now in compliance with our 4th quarter's Assured Grounding Program. The orange tape shall remain in place from 10/1/17 through 12/31/17. 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 orange 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!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Volunteer Quarterly Safety "Make-Up" Meeting on Wednesday, 9/20/17 at 4:00pm!!!

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

As you all know, we held our 3rd volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2017 on Saturday, 9/9/17. We had a terrific turn out and we want to extend a big thank you to all of you that attended.  We hope that this safety meeting was beneficial to you in regards to explaining OSHA's new crystalline silica rule that goes into effect on 9/23/17.

We offer a volunteer make-up meeting for those that could not attend the regularly scheduled safety meeting either due to working for I.D.I. on the Saturday of the meeting or due to unforeseen circumstances, etc. The volunteer quarterly safety make-up meeting is being held on  Wednesday, 9/20/17 at 4:00pm at our Barrington office. The safety training topic is: "Silica Safety!"  

We will be explaining what silica is, when silica might be a hazard to a construction tradesman or tradeswoman, the hazards and health affects silica can have on humans, what construction tasks can cause silica exposures, procedures to reduce and/or eliminate silica exposures, how to protect yourself from silica dust and we will be training on all the key components of this new standard. This new or revised silica safety standard is not trade specific.  This is important for all trades that work in construction.

We look forward to seeing everyone on 9/20/17.

Have a Safe Day!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Silica Safety Training at the 9/9/17 Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting!

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

Just letting everyone know that we are switching gears in regards to the safety training topic for our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting that is being held on Saturday, 9/9/17 at 7:00am.  We had been advertising that we were going to be training on fall protection.  We will now be training on Silica Safety.  OSHA has developed a new Silica Safety Standard that goes into effect on 9/23/17 and since we are all getting together on 9/9/17, the timing could not be better to provide the required silica training.

We will be explaining what silica is, the hazards and health affects silica can have on humans, what construction tasks cause silica exposures, procedures to reduce and/or eliminate silica exposures, how to protect yourself from silica dust and we will be training on all the key components of this new standard.  This new silica safety standard is not trade specific.  This is important for all trades that work in construction.

We look forward to seeing everyone on 9/9/17.

Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

GLCA's - 2017 Tailgate Cook-Off (Free Event on 9/9/17)

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

International Decorators is a member of the Great Lakes Construction Association (GLCA).  GLCA is hosting an awesome free event to all of their members.  The event is GLCA's 2017 Tailgate Cook-Off.  There will be teams cooking burgers, sausage, seafood, chicken, pizza, ribs, pork, brisket and mixing bloody Mary's and Margaritas.  This is all free to you and your family!

This means that you and your families are invited to attend this free event which is being held on Saturday, 9/9/17 from 11:00am to 7:00pm, which is a few hours after our volunteer quarterly safety meeting.  GLCA advises that they are expecting about 350 members and their families to attend. GLCA is advertising that they will have face painters, inflatable basketball, inflatable obstacle course, volleyball, bags, life size Connect Four, duck pond, a terrific band, prizes and a few other activities. They are allowing attendees to bring their own coolers.

The location of the Tailgate Cook-Off is at the Lake County Fair Grounds located at 1060 East Peterson Road, Grayslake, IL. 60030.  

They currently have 18 cooking teams ready to compete.  If you and/or your family want to attend this free event, you just need to call GLCA at (847) 623-2345 and ask for Lorraine to register to attend the event.  Just let Lorraine know that you are an employee of International Decorators. 

We hope that you are able to attend, should be a great time!


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meetings - Future Dates and Make-up Meeting Status!

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

As you all know, International Decorators provides volunteer quarterly safety meetings for all employees.  We are now setting the Saturday dates of these safety training sessions in advance to help our employees be able to plan for them ahead of time.

The following are the dates of our next 6 meetings through the end of the 2018 year:
9/9/17, 12/2/17, 2/17/18, 5/5/18, 9/8/18 & 12/1/18.

All of the safety training meetings are scheduled to run from 7:00am to 9:00am.  If for some unforeseen reason we have to change a safety meeting date or time, we will let you know in advance, however, we are planning to stick to these dates.

Also, in years past and in our current year, we have been holding a make-up safety meeting for those employees that could not attend our regularly scheduled Saturday volunteer quarterly safety meetings for any reason whatsoever.  We are still going to hold a make-up safety meeting after our 9/9/17 volunteer quarterly safety meeting that all employees can attend if they are not attending the 9/9/17 safety meeting. However, moving forward, starting with the 12/2/17 volunteer quarterly safety meeting, we will host a make-up safety meeting only for those employees that worked for International Decorators on the Saturday of the regularly scheduled volunteer quarterly safety meeting.

One of the reasons for the change in the make-up safety meeting status is because we want to have all of our employees together, all receiving the same safety message. We know that having all of our field personnel and management together helps to get us all on the same page with safety, helps our overall safety culture and will help put us in a better position to be injury-free.  The make-up meetings are not of the same quality as the regularly scheduled safety meetings.  We only have partial management present at the make-up meetings and we know that more attendance at the Saturday safety meetings will benefit our employees even more.

We will be mailing a letter to each employee's home containing the above information so you can mark your calendars.

Should you have any questions regarding this article, please ask your Superintendent or contact our Safety Director.


Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

I.D.I.'s Co-worker Appreciation Event on 8/12/17!

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

It's that time a year again to get together for some family fun and to mingle with co-workers in a non-work environment setting.  Please see the flyer below and contact Christine at our office for your tickets to the Magic Waters Water Park on Saturday, 8/12/17.  This flyer was also inserted in to your paycheck envelopes.  Hope to see you at this free event!