Friday, May 5, 2017

I.D.I. to Participate in National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down on 5/8/17!

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 during the whole week from 5/8/17 - 5/12/17.  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 as 350 construction workers died from falls in 2015.  Those deaths were preventable!

What is a Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down?  A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary temporary stoppage of work for employers to talk directly to employees about "Fall Hazards and to reinforce the importance of Fall Prevention."  It is to heighten everyone's awareness and a reminder to everyone of the serious nature of how a fall can change your life and the life of your loved ones!

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

On Monday, 5/8/17, we are advising all Safety Advocates/Coordinators & Superintendents 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 Advocate/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?  We in turn have to advise OSHA as to how many employees participated in the Stand-Down and we will be gathering those numbers from our toolbox talk rosters.  OSHA's goal is to have 1 million construction workers participate in the Stand-Down. During your fall prevention safety stand-down, share stories with each other about falls you may have been involved with, witnessed or know of, to help make it personal and to make each other think about what could happen to you by taking a short-cut on safety.  During the rest of the week, we want all of our 5-Minute Morning Safety Huddles to include discussions on fall protection.  You can discuss falls from ladders, scaffolding, roofs, wall openings, holes in the floor, shafts, pits, etc.  An example would be that if you have a portable step ladder at your site, have the ladder present during your safety huddle and show all employees the hazards of working on ladders such as, no standing and working on the top 2 steps, must use in the fully open position with the spreader arms locked, keeping your belt buckle or belly button between the ladder rails which prevents you from leaning out to far so the ladder doesn't tip causing you to fall.  If you need help with fall prevention discussion topics, you can always refer to your Safety Advocate/Coordinator Manual.

Let's work as a team to make this Safety Stand-Down a success by getting everyone involved and participating.  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!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Final Reminder - Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting this Saturday, 5/6/17 at 7:00am!

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

Just putting out a final reminder that our second Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting of 2017 is being held this coming Saturday, May 6th at 7:00am at our main office located at 28059 W. Commercial Ave., Barrington, IL.  The main training topic will be on Aerial Lift Safety including both scissor lifts and boom lifts.

We use aerial lifts almost daily at one job site or another and it is important to know the do's and don'ts of working in aerial lifts.  Hazards of working in or around aerial lifts involve all 4 parts of the OSHA's Focused Four topics which are Falls, Electrocutions, Struck-by and Caught-in/Between type hazards as they cause a significant amount of fatalities in the construction industry.  We will include training on how to prevent injuries/fatalities involving aerial lifts.  We feel this is a very important topic as we use a numerous amount of aerial lifts on a given day and employees are required to have had aerial lift training before they can operate an aerial lift.  Please help spread the word of the meeting date, time and topic.

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 this coming Saturday, 5/6/17.

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!