As they say, "all good things must come to an end." Our consecutive days worked record breaking streak ran up to 610 days in which we worked a total of 452,785 hours since our last lost-time injury. As all of you know by now, this steak ended on 1/16/15 when one of our employees sustained a serious injury to his left eye. That was then followed up by a 2nd lost-time injury a week later on 1/23/15 when an employee sustained a fracture to his left hand while moving a cart of drywall. Due to the circumstances that both of these injuries were not reported timely and due to the serious nature of both injuries, I.D.I. directed our lead field supervisors to perform Safety Stand-Downs at their job sites on Monday morning, 1/26/15 before the start of work. The purpose of the Safety Stand-Down was to take a timeout to get our overall safety back in focus. It's to stop and take a breath and to recognize some safety concerns that we have been having. To get back to the basics and ensuring everybody is wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the tasks being performed and that the PPE is being worn correctly. When wearing safety glasses, they must be worn as intended, which is up on the bridge of your nose so your eyes are protected. The goal of the Safety Stand-Down was to get everybody aligned and on the same page with safety and addressing these safety concerns to prevent reoccurences and further injuries from happening.
Please keep both of our employees in your thoughts and prayers for speedy and full recoveries.
We will discuss the circumstances of both injuries at our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting which will be taking place on Saturday, 2/28/15 at 7:00am.
It's now time to buckle down and get back our safety focus. We are one big family so keep an eye on our family members when working side-by-side. If you see a family member/co-worker doing something unsafe, do what ever you can to change their behavior. Tell them what is at risk. If not for themselves or for I.D.I., encourage them to stop working unsafely for the sake of their loved ones. If you have any questions in regards to safety, please contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689. Lastly, remember our safety mission statement:
"Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition as They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It."
Have a Safe Day!