Saturday, July 14, 2012

Injury-free July After 2 Weeks!

Below is a flyer that was inserted into everyone's paycheck envelope two weeks ago as July historically happens to be our highest injury frequency month.  After 2 weeks completed in July; so far, so good. We have had ZERO INJURIES - great job everyone on coming together as a team and making this happen. We still have 17 days to go in July so lets not let our guard down on the battle against injuries. Make everyday count and do whatever you can to help prevent yourself or a co-worker from being injured.  

I also need to mention how awesome we are currently doing on our injury cost goal. One of our safety goals is to be at $0.50 injury cost per man hours worked or better. We are currently at $0.25 injury cost per man hours worked which is terrific.  Keep in mind that we still have 3 1/2 months left in our current year, however, we are in position to have our safest year over the past 15 years.  

July historically happens to be our highest injury frequency month.  For the past 5 years, July has lead in this category.  This trend is most likely due to several factors.  Some of those factors are that we do get busier in July, extreme summer heat leading to fatigue and employees not focused on the task at hand due to their minds being on summer activities, family fun, etc.  

What can we do to combat this and reverse the trend?  As far as summer heat, I encourage you to read the article posted on our safety blog dated June 19th, 2012.  The safety blog address is  As far as I.D.I. getting busier in July; that is true, we are very busy this month with several school projects, tenant work, etc., which means we have an increased work force working more hours which increases our injury risk.  To combat this, that means each individual should take it upon himself to focus on the task at hand and pre-plan safety into your task.  We are challenging everyone in the company to help us to reverse this negative trend and to help us reach our short term safety goal of having ZERO INJURIES IN JULY.  To reach this goal, we need your help.  Safety Coordinators play a big role in this effort.  Let's not just go through the motions in July in performing our toolbox talks.  Let's get the crews together and get serious about our Monday morning toolbox talk training.  Pick a topic that pertains to the type of task, equipment, job site conditions or hazards you are facing and read the toolbox talk to the crew. Then have a discussion about the topic so that everyone has a clear understanding and focus on safety. You can make a difference.  

If you need safety assistance at your project, please contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day & Safe July!