Friday, May 8, 2015

I.D.I. to Participate in National Fall Prevention Stand-Down on 5/11/15!

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

OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) is promoting to all construction companies to participate in a National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down.  The purpose of the Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction.  Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 302 of the 828 construction workers that died at work in 2013.  Those deaths were preventable!

What is a Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down?  A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about "Fall Hazards and to reinforce the importance of the "Fall Prevention."

OSHA is promoting this Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down on billboards in the Chicago Area.

I.D.I. will be participating in this Safety Stand-Down and here is how: 

On Monday, 5/11/15 we are advising all Safety Coordinators to gather our crews and to all perform the same fall protection toolbox talk.  The toolbox talk that we want everyone to perform is in your Safety Coordinator Manuals.  It is under the Fall Protection tab of your manual, it is toolbox talk # FP8 and it is called:  What is Fall Protection?  After gathering your crews and performing the toolbox talk, have our employees, including yourself, sign the toolbox talk signature roster and turn that into our Safety Director as usual.  We in turn have to advise OSHA as to how many employees participated in the Stand-Down.  OSHA's goal is to have 1 million construction workers participate in the Stand-Down. 

Let's work as a team to make this Safety Stand-Down a success by getting everyone involved and participating.  We thank you in advance for your help and for being a leader of safety.  Your efforts help us to live up to our safety mission statement:  "Everyone Goes Home Alive And In The Same Condition As They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!"  Should you have any questions, please contact our Safety Director, Safety Pete at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ladder Safety - 6/6/15!!!!

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

As most of you know, our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting is being held on Saturday, June 6th from 7:00am to 9:00am.  We have finalized our safety training topic and it is going to be on Ladder Safety.  We have had a few incidents over the past couple of months involving employees incorrectly using ladders, which fortunately did not lead to any injuries.  We will have representative from Werner Ladders at our meeting helping out with this safety training session. 

Ladder related fatalities are one of the number one killers in construction.  It is difficult to find current exact data on how many construction workers died involving a ladder, however, in 2011 there were a total of 34,500 employees of companies who sought medical care for ladder related injuries.  There were 15,460 employees of companies who had lost-time injuries involving ladders and 113 ladder related fatalities.  We don't want for our employees/family members to become one of these statistics. 

Please mark your calendar for June 6th at 7:00am. 

Final note - our last 2 volunteer quarterly safety meetings went way past 9:00am and that can be aggravating to those who expect to get out of there by 9:00am.  We understand this aggravation and we will ensure that our June 6th meeting is over by 9:00am.

We will advertise this meeting further as we get closer to the meeting date.  If you have any questions about this meeting or about safety in general, you are encouraged to contact our Safety Director, Safety Pete at (847) 417-1689. 

Have a Safe Day!