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.

Our very own apprentice Cordaro Brooks featured in B/ACE Magazine

June 15, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

Cordero was born and raised in the inner city of Chicago. A project manager with the CEC introduced Cordaro to Mike LeGood. Cordaro interviewed with ATD and was presented with an opportunity to start a new chapter in his life. Please see the article at: https://issuu.com/bacemagazine/docs/b_ace_summer_2018_june_11f_issuu

B/Ace is a quarterly magazine designed to capture the essence of every day in construction and make it extraordinary. It is short for Building Awareness Community Engagement. Candidates featured have worked on many of the luxury rental properties, hotels, stadiums and community centers located all over the city. B/ACE aims to share their stories, projects, engage and empower our community in an unconventional manner!

Cordaro we are thrilled to have you on board!!! – ATD TEAM -


30th Anniversary!!

May 23, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

Congratulations to Dave Zajack for 30 years with ATD! THANK YOU for everything you do, you are a wonderful part of the team! We celebrated with lunch and cupcakes from our in-house pastry chef!


451 Beam Ceremony

April 30, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

ATD is part of history! In the final steps of this job, our customer had all trades sign the last piece of steel to complete the building!