Friday, July 20, 2012

Injury Free July Goal - Update (1 minor Injury)

Good morning to all I.D.I. employees:  As you know, we have been promoting going injury free in July as July happens to be our highest injury frequency month for the past 5 years.  I wanted to provide an update to everyone as we recently had an injury on 7/18/12. Fortunately for the injured worker and for I.D.I., the injury was a no lost-time injury.  The injury involved a drywall hanger who was fastening drywall when a drywall screw that he was fastening with broke and the drywall hanger got a piece of debris in his right eye.  The drywall hanger and lead supervisor believe that a piece of the screw struck the right eye.  They cleaned the eye out with eye wash and the drywall hanger then continued working.  His eye felt fine the rest of the day other than some minor irritation.  The next morning when he woke up, his eye was bloodshot and irritated.  The injured worker sought medical care.  The doctor flushed his eye out and did not find any metal in the eye, however, the doctor advised that his eye was irritated and the doctor gave the injured worker eye drops and some pain medication to help with the irritation.  The injured worker was released to full duty work and he has a follow up appointment on Monday.  This turned out to be a minor injury in the big scheme of things.  The injured worker was wearing safety glasses when the incident occurred.  Our company is looking into the fastener screws that were being used to see if there is a problem with them.

So, all that being said, we won't be going injury-free this July, however, we can still have a good safe month by not having more injuries on top of this one.  The goal remains the same.  Let's work together as a team to do whatever we can to help prevent any more occurrences.  At least in this case, the injured worker was wearing eye protection so there wasn't much more that he could have done to prevent this.  Thank goodness this eye injury wasn't any more serious than it was.

We will keep you updated as July moves along.

Have a Safe Day!