ATD Safety Fest!

September 15, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

With the food trucks, petting zoo, pony rides and bounce house….this year was a hit! TLS Veterans was our support cause this year! We had about 300 guests, and dignitaries from several unions, FCAC and FCAI. Don’t forget to mention our fabulous vendors, thanks to all who participated!!!

To all of our field crews - Thanks for all you do!!

Safety Fest!

August 21, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

Clear your calendars because ATD’s annual Safety Fest is quickly approaching! This will be a fun-filled Saturday for the family which will include:

  • Yummy Food Trucks
  • Kidz Zone-candy, games, bouncy house, pony rides, and a PETTING ZOO!!
  • Several vendors including local unions
  • Dunk Tank-DEVIN CRONIN is your target!!!

(The dunk tank proceeds will be donated to TLS Veterans. If you would like to help support this great organization, you can do so by donating canned goods, toiletries, etc.) Anything helps!

Safety Fest Details:

When: Saturday September 15th, 2018
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Where: 1227 Naperville Dr., Romeoville IL 60446

Tool Box Tuesday’s!

August 20, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

Rob Carter and our Lathrop field team started Tool Box Tuesday with a discussion on Respiratory Protection. Brittany Ekena and Mike LeGood have implemented companywide Tool Box Tuesday’s. Stay safe out there!

About our Safety Program & What Makes It Successful

August 2, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer - Bob Ruff Industrial Division Manager

ATD’s Focus on Safety Saves Our Clients Money

Accidents cost. The detracting effects vary: injuries, project delays, increased corrective-costs, poor morale, not to mention the potential impact to a client’s ongoing workplace and customer base. ATD’s safety program is anchored by two full-time safety staff. Their attention to detail has cultivated a shared approach to ingrained safety practices throughout the company at every level. Making safety a habit has reduced these detracting effects from our jobsites.

We believe every employee has the right to work safely and must be given the tools to achieve this.

How Our Program Works

Everyone is trained in best safety practices! How we work defines our risk level and both impacts and is impacted by other trades around us. We charge each employee to:

  • IDENTIFY: Assess any potential hazards?
  • STRATEGIZE: Employ safe work habits to avoid or reduce risks?
  • PROTECT: Follow your plan and best practices at all times to protect yourself, your team, fellow tradespeople and your client.
  • NO SHORTCUTS: Any time gained by shortcuts is dramatically lost by avoidable accidents!
  • REPEAT: A safety culture is evolved through repetition until it becomes habit!

3 Tips for Managing a Successful Safety Program

1. Consistent Messaging

Leading by example from the top down is the only way to ensure your safety message is respected and followed. At ATD everyone undergoes the same safety training and is held accountable for demonstrating the safest work practices in the field and in the office.

2. Encourage Feedback

Underestimating the potential contribution of any member of your staff limits your ability to see beyond what you already know. So many eyes and ears on different jobsites, subjected to varied surroundings are an invaluable asset to training for new or unforeseen safety hazards. See questions as a sign of your employee’s investment in their job, not just challenges to your authority. If you can’t intelligently quell a concern it probably warrants further investigation.

3. Never Rest – Safety Is an Evolving Endeavor

Today’s safety practices can’t account for every new technological or environmental challenge of tomorrow. Safety training must be revisited with everyone on a consistent basis. This broad spectrum of expectation is what creates a second-nature approach to safety…it’s habit forming.

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

From our family to yours - Happy Fourth of July!! See below for some ways to keep yourself, friends and families safe during this holiday.

Recommended Safety Tips

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
And Let's not forget the safety of our pets
  • Don't bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
  • If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
  • Make sure your pet has an identification tag in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
  • Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.