Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I.D.I. Drivers Now Carry WD40 in Addition PPE, Etc.!

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

We just want to inform you of a suggestion that came out of our small group break-out sessions from a previous volunteer quarterly safety meeting.  One of the small groups was discussing that there are times when baker scaffolds remain at a job site for a long period of time due to reasons such as we are on a large project that takes a long time to complete.  We were advised that some of the baker scaffold components can become difficult to manipulate due to dust and exposure to the job site elements.  It was suggested by the small group that our drivers carry WD40 to hand to a field employee so they can lubricate baker scaffold components that may just need a little lubrication, such as baker scaffold wheels & brakes and the positive engagement locking pins. This was a terrific suggestion and we appreciate that this was brought up during the small group break-out session.

Our drives are now carrying WD40.  So, if you are at a job site and you need WD40, just ask one of our drivers.  In addition to WD40, our drivers carry personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, safety glasses, dust mask, gloves, face shields, 1st aid kits, high visibility vests and extension cords. If you need any of these items in small quantities, you can obtain it from our drivers.  If you need these items in larger quantities, you need to order them through your Superintendent.  Please do not rely on the drivers to provide you with items to stock your job site as far as PPE, etc.  They carry these items in small quantities more for the emergency basis, etc.

This is one of the reasons we implemented the small group break-out sessions as it provides an avenue for our employees to share their safety ideas, thoughts and concerns.  Great job on bringing this matter to our attention and also with providing a solution that benefits the company and our employees!

As we trained on at our February volunteer quarterly safety meeting, continue to inspect your scaffolds, equipment and tools daily before use.  If you come across anything defective, you are required to remove it from service and report the defective equipment/tools to your Superintendent so we can coordinate getting it removed from the job site as quick as possible and back to the shop for inspection, repair and/or destruction.

If you have any questions about this, please contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham.

Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Safety Meeting Photos!

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

I.D.I. held our volunteer quarterly safety meeting on 2/18/17 and our "make-up" safety meeting on 3/2/17. Below are some photos from both safety meetings.

We want to say thank you to all of the employees that attended our 2/18/17 and 3/2/17 volunteer quarterly safety meetings on Baker Scaffold and Mini-Perry Scaffold Safety!  We hope this safety session was beneficial to all of you in helping to win the battle against injuries. We appreciate all of you taking time out of your busy lives to help make our safety culture the best in the construction industry.  I.D.I. has the best employees!

Have a Safe Day!
 Recognizing our 2016 Field Safety Committee members for 
voluntarily serving on the committee for the year.
 Thank you for helping to make I.D.I. the industry leader in safety.

Great job - gentlemen! 

Recognizing our 2016 Safety Coordinators of the Year
Thank you for helping to oversee that all of our employees
are able to go home safely to their loved ones!







 Tom Graham & Vito Rizzi are setting up a double-stacked baker scaffold
to help with our safety training session.  These guys sure know how to get it done safely!

 Vito is so excited to be helping with our safety training that he decided to do a little dance.
The Safety Dance of course!









Expert Drywall Finisher/Taper, Jesus Nunez being recognized
by owner, Bill Preston for his 35 years of service, dedication & loyalty.
You da man - Jesus!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Final Reminder - Volunteer "Make-Up" Safety Meeting is Tomorrow, 3/2/17 at 4:00pm

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

As you all know, we held our 1st volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2017 on Saturday, 2/18/17. We had a terrific turn out and we want to extend a big thank you to all of you that attended.  We hope that the meeting was beneficial to you in the battle against injuries.

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  Thursday, 3/2/17 at 4:00pm at our Barrington office. The safety training topic is: "Baker Scaffold & Mini-Perry Scaffold Safety."

Baker scaffolds and mini-Perry scaffolds (mobile workstands) are one of the most common pieces of equipment our employees use when they need to increase their work height.  We want to ensure that everyone is aware of how to use this equipment safely, how and when to inspect this equipment, when to use safety rails, etc.  Our goal of this training is to prevent injuries/incidents involving baker type scaffolds.

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 will also be distributing the 2016 safety incentives to the employees that participated in last years incentive program.

We look forward to seeing you at our volunteer quarterly safety make-up meeting on 3/2/17.

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.

Have a Safe Day!


  

Friday, February 24, 2017

I.D.I. - Award Winning Safety!!!!!


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

Look what you did!  I.D.I. is a member of Great Lakes Contractors Association (formerly Lake County Contractors Association) and last night we received the highest safety award for a contractor member in the 100,001 - 500,000 hours worked category.  We received this award for achieving ZERO LOST-TIME INJURIES during the 2016 calendar year.  You all earned this award.  I.D.I. has safety policies and procedures in place, we train on those policies, our employees attend the training, participate in the training, but at the end of the day, it is really up to each individual's personal choice that is made each second/minute of the day with each task being performed.  Employees have decisions to make when faced with challenging situations and our safety culture is about making the correct appropriate safety decision every time.  In 2016, you all made the choice to work safe.  This award is about you and your loved ones!  Our goal is to not just receive this award occasionally.  It's about safety consistency. Minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, year in and year out making safe choices, both at work and at home, looking out for each other and having a positive attitude towards safety. I.D.I. has earned this same award in the past such as in 2014.  We have never earned this award in back to back years. We are off to a good start of having back to back years with zero lost-time injuries as we are 2 months into the 2017 year and have not had a lost-time injury. You all have worked 443 consecutive days since our last lost-time injury.  During those 443 days I.D.I. employees together worked 468,454.75 hours.  We are approaching 1/2 million hours worked without a lost-time injury.  Please keep our safety mission statement at the forefront of your mind with each task you perform:  "Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition As They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!"    

*** Congratulations to all I.D.I. employees ***

Have a Safe Day!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Volunteer Quarterly Safety "Make-Up" Meeting on Thursday, 3/2/17 at 4:00pm!!!

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

As you all know, we held our 1st volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2017 on Saturday, 2/18/17. We had a terrific turn out and we want to extend a big thank you to all of you that attended.  We hope that the meeting was beneficial to you in the battle against injuries.

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  Thursday, 3/2/17 at 4:00pm at our Barrington office. The safety training topic is: "Baker Scaffold & Mini-Perry Scaffold Safety."

Baker scaffolds and mini-Perry scaffolds (mobile workstands) are one of the most common pieces of equipment our employees use when they need to increase their work height.  We want to ensure that everyone is aware of how to use this equipment safely, how and when to inspect this equipment, when to use safety rails, etc.  Our goal of this training is to prevent injuries/incidents involving baker type scaffolds.

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 will also be distributing the 2016 safety incentives to the employees that participated in last years incentive program.

We look forward to seeing you at our volunteer quarterly safety make-up meeting on 3/2/17.

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.

Have a Safe Day!
  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Final Reminder - Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on Saturday, 2/18/17 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 2017 is being held this coming Saturday, February 18th at 7:00am at our main office located at 28059 W. Commercial Ave., Barrington, IL.  The main training topic will be on Baker Scaffold and Mini-Perry Scaffold Safety.

Baker scaffolds and mini-Perry scaffolds (mobile workstands) are one of the most common pieces of equipment our employees use when they need to increase their work height.  We want to ensure that everyone is aware of how to use this equipment safely, how and when to inspect this equipment, when to use safety rails, etc.  Our goal of this training is to prevent injuries/incidents involving baker type scaffolds.

In the meantime, keep safety at the forefront of your mind with each task that you perform. Everyone should be participating in the mandatory 5-minute morning daily safety huddles to help promote everyone performing in a safe manner.  Some quick reminders - 100% hard hats, safety glasses & work boots.  Check your extension cords and electrical cords daily and remove them from service if defective. Inspect all tools, equipment, scaffold and aerial lifts prior to use and again, remove them from service if they are defective.  Face shield and fire extinguishers required for chop saw and partner saw use.  Fall protection required for all employees exposed to falls of 6' or more to lower levels.  No standing on the top 2 steps of portable A-frame step ladders and can only use in the fully open position with the spreader arms locked.  Keep an eye on each other and help keep our I.D.I. family members safe so they can go home each day to their loved ones in the same condition as they arrived.

We look forward to seeing you at our volunteer quarterly safety meeting on 2/18/17.

Should you have any questions related to safety, please discuss with your lead field supervisor, your Superintendent and/or contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Below are photos of I.D.I. employees that were "Caught Working Safely" while on baker type scaffolds!
Painter, Joe Bellich - caught using a mini-Perry scaffold with the wheels locked and working at a safe rung level height!
Painter, Dennis Johnson was caught working safely on a low height baker scaffold with locked wheels!
Acoustic Carpenter, Chris Frankowski was caught working safely on a baker scaffold with locked wheels!

Great job Ismael Davila - wheels locked and working at a safe rung level height!



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I.D.I. Forming New 2017 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 2016 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 February 2016, 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 injuries 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 first, 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!