Articles by Month: May 2015
Do’s and Don’ts If Caught In a Lightning Storm
- Do take shelter inside a building or car and close the windows and doors.
- Do get off equipment immediately.
- Do get out of the water if you are swimming.
- Do get out of the water if boating. If you cannot immediately get out of the water, stay low and avoid contact with the water until you can get away from it.
- Do not take refuge under any tall, isolated object, such as a tree. Standing under a group of trees shorter than others in the area is better than being in the open.
- Don’t touch electric fences, clothes lines, metal pipes,rails, telephone poles or any other conductor.
- Do put down any object that might conduct electricity, such as a rake, hoe or shovel.
- If you are outside with no way to get to shelter, do get to a low spot, make your body as low to the ground as possible but do not lay flat on the earth. Curl on your side or drop to your knees and bend forward putting your hands on your knees. If there is a group of people, spread out. If someone feels there hairs stand on end, it may mean lightning is about to strike. Stay calm and keep low.
First Aid for Lightning Strikes
Did You Know…
- Rubber-soled shoes provide absolutely no protection from lightning
- If you can hear thunder, you are within 10 miles of a storm and are within reach of lightning.
- An automobile can offer protection by acting like a Faraday cage, provided that the occupants do not touch the metal of the care while inside.
On Monday of this week, the high temperature in Cleveland,
Ohio reached a balmy 88 degrees! It was a beautiful, sunny day and gorgeous
weather for May in Cleveland. It’s a reminder that summer is just about here
and now seems the perfect time to remind everyone of the importance of staying hydrated during the warmer temperatures.
Dehydration can have a pretty significant impact on the human body, especially the brain because dehydration can significantly reduce concentration and impact emotional stability.
- Concentration & Alertness: Multiple scientific studies
have found that individuals suffering from dehydration report feeling tired, sluggish, and that it took more effort to concentrate on tasks.
- Mood Changes: When we are lacking fluid, we can start to feel increasingly impatient and tense. A study measuring hydration status, performance and mood changes was performed on U.S. Army officers during which they were asked to perform intense training sessions in the heat for over 53 hours. The army officers lost more than 5 pints of body fluid (through sweat) during their training. Tests of vigilance, reaction times, memory and ability to reason all showed significant impairment. When asked about their mood, they reported feeling increasingly tense, confused, tired and depressed.
to Drink and What To Avoid
Mother Nature has provided the perfect remedy for dehydration. Water… H20… Agua. For this reason, Donley’s ensures adequate supplies of water are available on all job sites. Drinking water at regular intervals will help to replenish lost fluids before dehydration sets in, which is important because by the time you actually feel thirsty, the body’s water level is likely to already be lower than it should be.
Not a fan of plain water? Research also shows that a lightly flavored beverage with a small amount of sodium encourages people to drink enough to stay hydrated. The combination of flavor and electrolytes in a sports drink like Gatorade provides one of the best alternate choices to help you stay properly hydrated.
Avoid drinks with high sugar content such as soda and even fruit juices. These are slow to absorb into the body. Also alcohol and
caffeinated beverages should be avoided.
Many people ask how much to drink and that truly depends on your activity level and how much your body is losing fluids. In general, when you are working and sweating, you should drink at least every half-hour to ensure you are drinking enough to replace lost fluids.
It’s a pretty simple message, “Stay hydrated to keep your mind alert and to stay safe.”
Donley’s is pleased to announce that Josh Zielinski has been promoted to superintendent
of Donley’s Northeast Ohio Construction Management division. Josh joined Donley’s
in 2011 as a co-op through the University of Cincinnati.
During multiple co-ops with Donley’s, Josh has worked as an assistant superintendent and project engineer on key projects such as the Cleveland
Clinic Robert J. Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Institute and Case Western Reserve University’s Siegal Lifelong Learning Center and Tinkham Veale University Center projects. Since joining Donley’s as a full-time project engineer in 2013, Josh completed assignments on multiple projects at Oberlin
College and two temporary assignments for our mid-Atlantic operations in Richmond, Virginia.
October 2014, Josh has been assigned to the Cleveland Public Square Redevelopment project and
has been heavily involved in the preconstruction planning and job setup. He
will continue there as superintendent.
According to Greg Consolo, Vice President of Construction Management, “Josh
has consistently stepped up and assumed increased responsibilities on every
assignment he has been given, and is a well- respected member of the Northeast Ohio Construction Management team.”
- Everyone has input
- Identify task(s) for the day
- Identify what hazards could potentially cause an injury no matter how trivial they may seem
- Identify other trades working in close proximity and ask the question “Can work be safety performed around them?”
- Identify how to abate the hazards identified by asking “Do I have the right training,equipment, and/or material?”
- And lastly, if the task(s) change, start over with a new STA.