Thursday, June 29, 2017

Red Tape on All 3-Pronged Electrical Tools & Extension Cords as of 7/1/17!

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

We begin a new quarter for our Assured Grounding Conductor Program on Saturday, 7/1/17.  We are to switch over our cords from green tape to red tape. To all Safety Advocates/Coordinators - please help keep our employees safe and help keep us OSHA compliant by following our assured grounding conductor program. Please inspect, test and color-code with red tape all 3 pronged electrical tools and extension cords. All electrical tools and cords need to be visually inspected. If you see any defects in the cords such as bare wires, severe kinks, missing or damaged ground prong, the cord pulling away from the plug end-housing, etc., then that tool or cord would need to be immediately removed from service and reported to your lead field supervisor. If your tool/cord passes the visual inspection, your next step is to test the cord with a receptacle tester. First, you should test the outlet that you will be plugging your cord into to ensure that it is properly wired. You should see 2 yellow lights lit up on your tester and the red light should be off. This means the outlet is working appropriately. Next, plug your cord into the outlet and then test the cord with the receptacle tester. Again, you should see the same light pattern as mentioned above and this would mean the cord passed the test and is safe to use. Any other light pattern means that there is a problem with the cord and the cord needs to be removed from service and reported to your lead field supervisor. If the cord passes the visual inspection and the cord tester test, you should then remove the previous quarter's green electrical tape and install the red electrical tape about 1" down from both plug ends. Your cord is now in compliance with our 3rd quarter's Assured Grounding Conductor Program. The red tape shall remain in place from 7/1/17 through 9/30/17. You are not quite done yet! All employees now need to visually inspect all electrical cords and tools on a daily basis and if any defects are found, the cord or tool needs to be immediately removed from service.

Thank you for taking the time to ensure your electrical tools and cords are in safe working order. Your actions may prevent one of our family members from sustaining an electrical shock type injury or worse yet and electrocution. If you have any questions regarding our Assured Grounding Conductor Program, please call our Safety Director, Peter Graham, at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on Saturday, 9/9/17 (Fall Protection)

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

We are just getting the word out that our 3rd volunteer quarterly safety meeting of 2017 will be held on Saturday, September 9th at 7:00am. The safety training topic will be Fall Protection!  The safety meeting will be held at our office location in the warehouse at 28059 W. Commercial Ave., Barrington, IL 60010.

Why are we providing safety training on fall protection?  Because, falls are the #1 cause of fatalities in construction in the United States.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 937 fatalities in construction in 2015 and 364 of the fatalities were due to falls from an elevation accounting for 39% of all construction related fatalities.  This means we are averaging losing 1 construction worker per day in the U.S. due to falls.  All of these fall fatalities are preventable!  We want to provide fall protection safety training so that you don’t become one of these statistics. We want for all of our employees to live up to our safety mission statement which is: “Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition as They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!”

We encourage everyone to attend for several reasons of which the most important reason is for your safety and for your loved ones. Each field employee (Non-Safety Advocates) who attends this volunteer safety training session will earn 400 safety training incentive points for our current year.

We look forward to seeing you on September 9th. Should you have any questions regarding fall protection or the upcoming safety meeting, please call our Safety Director, Peter Graham at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!