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!