Monday, March 30, 2020

Green Tape on All Extension Cords & 3-Pronged Electrical Tools as of 4/1/20!

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

We begin a new quarter on, 4/1/20 for our Assured Grounding Conductor Program and we are to switch over to green tape.  To all Safety Advocates/Lead Field Supervisors - We need your help to keep our employees safe and to help keep us OSHA compliant by following our assured grounding conductor program. Please inspect, test and color-code with green 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 the 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 it is good and 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 white electrical tape and install the green electrical tape about 1" down from both plug ends. Your cord is now in compliance with our 2nd quarter's Assured Grounding Conductor Program. The green tape shall remain in place from 4/1/20 through 6/30/20. You are not quite done yet! All employees now need to visually inspect all electrical cords and tools on a daily basis before use and if any defects are found, the cord needs to be immediately removed from service.

If you do not have green tape, please ask your Superintendent and they will coordinate getting it to you.

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, an electrocution. If you have any questions regarding our Assured Grounding Conductor Program, please contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham, at (847) 417-1689.

Have a Safe Day!

Friday, March 13, 2020

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on 5/30/20!

Good morning to all IDI employees,

At our Saturday volunteer quarterly safety meeting held on 2/15/20, it was mentioned that our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting would be held on 5/9/20.  Due to that being Mothers Day weekend, we have rescheduled our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting to Saturday, 5/30/20 from 7:00am to 9:00am.  

Obviously, this is all pending the fluid situation regarding the Coronavirus.  We will provide further updates in regards to our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting as we get closer to May.  We will also provide more details about the safety meeting training topic in the near future.  

We provide safety training through our volunteer quarterly safety meetings because we care about you, your loved ones and the health of the company.  We provide this training because of our safety mission statement:  "Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition as They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!"

We hope to see you on May 30th, 2020.  In the meantime, keep looking out for each other.  Take care of your brothers and sisters as we are all one family!



Have a Safe Day!

Friday, February 28, 2020

Vicente Casas - Employee of the Week for 2/24/20 at Cook County Renovation!

Good morning IDI employees,  

We have yet another employee getting some safety recognition.  Drywall finisher, Vicente Casas, was chosen by Walsh Construction's Safety Manager, Rex Engle, as the employee of the week for 2/24/20 at the Cook County Hospital Renovation job site.  Each week, Rex Engle selects a trades-person that has demonstrated the highest level of dedication to working safely onsite to be Employee of the Week. Vicente earned this recognition by playing a pro-active role in the safety culture at this job site.  

Vicente says that the reason he works safe is: "For his Family and Himself!"

Vicente is a Chicago Bears fan, loves playing soccer and I love Vicente's answer as to what would be his dream vacation - "Just to be healthy."  

Vicente - great job, way to make IDI proud!  

Please congratulate Vicente when you see him.

Have a Safe Day!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Walter Herrera - Employee of the Week for 2/3/20 at Cook County Hospital Renovation!

Good morning IDI employees,  

We have another employee getting some safety recognition.  Drywall finisher, Walter Herrera, was chosen by Walsh Construction's Safety Manager, Rex Engle, as the employee of the week for 2/3/20 at the Cook County Hospital Renovation job site.  Each week, Rex Engle selects a trades-person that has demonstrated the highest level of dedication to working safely onsite to be Employee of the Week. Walter earned this recognition by playing a pro-active role in the safety culture at this job site.  

Walter mentioned that the reason he works safe is: "For his Family!"

Gotta love Walter as his favorite sports team is the White Sox and favorite color is IDI red!

Walter - great job, way to make IDI proud!  

Please congratulate Walter when you see him.

Have a Safe Day!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting, This Saturday, 2/15/20!

Good morning to all IDI employees,

Just putting out a final reminder that our next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting is this Saturday, 2/15/20 from 7:00am to 9:00am.  The safety training session will be held in it's usual location at our Barrington office at 28059 W. Commercial Ave. The safety training topics are:  Baker Scaffolds, Mini-Perry Mobile Workstands and Ladder Safety.  We will be raffling off three 1-day paid vacation days and you must be in attendance at the safety meeting to qualify to win. We will also be distributing the 2019 volunteer safety incentive items at this meeting.  

Our safety training meetings are all about you and your loved ones!  We provide safety training to help reduce the risk of injury and to help ensure that we are all living up to our safety mission statement:  "Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition as They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!" 

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

Have a Safe Day!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Anthony Driver - Employee of the Week for 1/27/20 at Cook County Renovation!

Good morning IDI employees,  

We have another employee getting some safety recognition.  Carpenter, Anthony Driver, was chosen as the employee of the week by Walsh Construction at the Cook County Hospital Renovation job site.  Anthony earned this recognition by playing a pro-active role in the safety culture at this job site.  

Anthony said that the reason he works safe is: "I look forward to everyone going home the same way that they came."

Anthony - great job, way to make IDI proud!  

Please congratulate Anthony when you see him.


Friday, January 24, 2020

New 2020 Field Safety Committee & When is a Debris Chute Required?

Good morning to all IDI employees, 

We held our first field safety committee meeting of 2020 this past Wednesday.  Your new field safety committee members are: 

Oliverio Anaya - representing drywall hangers & framers
Mark Gulbrandsen - representing acoustic carpenters
Jose Plascencia - representing drywall finishers
Rick Rizzi - representing painters
Chris Rojas - representing drivers & warehouse
James Thomas - representing carpenters & framers

We had some good discussion on safety and one of the items that came out of this meeting was - when is a debris chute required when dumping scrap out of a structure?  

The following are the OSHA regulations on this subject matter.


So, with that being said, materials cannot be dumped or dropped down to ground level out of a structure, building, etc., from a height greater than 20 feet without the use of an OSHA compliant debris chute. 

Also, if you are dumping scrap out of a structure from below 20 feet, you still need to ensure that there are no people below that could be struck by the scrap.  You should caution tape off the area on the ground surrounding the dumpster that the scrap is being dumped into to warn others to stay clear of the area.  You also need to take into account the wind conditions.  

Lastly, don't forget about your personal fall protection if you are the employee that is dumping the material.  You would need to be protected from falling out of the structure by an OSHA compliant guardrail or you would need to be appropriately using fall arrest equipment such as a safety harness & retractable lanyard and you need to be tied-off/secured to a 5,000 lb anchorage point that is part of the structure.  

Should you have any questions on this subject, please contact our Safety Director, Peter Graham.  

As far as your 2020 field safety committee; please use them as a resource.  The field safety committee meets 6 times a year and the goal of the field safety committee is to help ensure you have a safe career so that you can go home to your loved ones.  If you have a safety matter, an idea for safety improvement or something related to safety that you are needing help with, you should contact our Safety Director, your Superintendent, one of our Safety Advocates, or seek out one of our field safety committee members so we can have a round-table discussion on your safety matter so we can develop a plan to get it resolved.  

Have a Safe Day!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Task-Based Safety Awareness Huddles

Good morning to all IDI employees,

How are your pre-shift Task-Based Safety Awareness Huddles going?  Make this morning's safety huddle matter!

1.  Before work commences, all IDI trades together as 1 team.

2.  Safety Advocate leads the safety huddle.  

3.  Ask the team – are there any job site hazards that we should all be aware of?

4.  Then discuss as a team our plan of action/preventative measures due to the hazards.

5.  Ask each trade group what their tasks are for the day, location of the tasks and their plan to perform the tasks safely.  (Dig Deep)

6.  Ask if anyone anticipates they will be working in awkward positions, over reaching, abnormal exertion or ongoing repetitive tasks; pre-task stretching should be implemented.

7.  If there are ongoing repetitive tasks that are causing soreness that could lead to an injury, advise the crew to inform their supervisor. (think about job rotation or switching out tasks for ongoing repetitive tasks)

8.  Ask what we can all do to prevent complacency, feeling of being rushed, fatigue and frustration from setting in.  (4 Mind States)

9.  End the safety huddle with being motivational and with trying to get everyone focused on safety, mind on task, eyes on task, not being in the line of fire and keeping balance, traction and grip.  (4 Critical Errors)


10. Be a great leader!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Next Volunteer Quarterly Safety Meeting on 2/15/20!

Good afternoon to all IDI employees,

Just getting the word out that our next volunteer quarterly safety meeting is being held on Saturday, 2/15/20 from 7:00am to 9:00am at our Barrington office location at 28059 W. Commercial Ave.

We will provide more details about this safety meeting as we get closer to the meeting date.  We provide safety training through our volunteer quarterly safety meetings because we care about you, your loved ones and the health of the company.  We provide this training because of our safety mission statement:  "Everyone Goes Home Alive and in the Same Condition as They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!"

We hope to see you on February 15th, 2020.  In the meantime, keep looking out for each other.  Take care of your brother's and sister's as we are all one family!


Have a Safe Day!