Safety Leadership Begins by Being the Example

If you are a parent, uncle or aunt, brother or sister, you have, most likely, encountered moments to teach safety to young children. For example, looking both ways when crossing the street or enforcing the use of a bike helmet when out riding a bike, scooter, or roller blades. Then, as our children mature, those safety opportunities turn into teaching the correct way to use a knife, power tools, or even a ladder. Finally, our children will some day enter the work force, and like any newcomer to the job,  will benefit from our willingness to lead safety through example.

So what exactly is leading safety through example? It’s simply placing safety as the priority when working at home or on the
job. When we all work safely, new employees benefit by seeing operations conducted the safe way and will pass this knowledge along to other employees. 
New employees who have never held a job before or were employed by a firm that had a weak safety program probably will need considerable safety instruction. Here at Donley’s, our Safe-D program gives our employees the tools and skills to work safely; the shared mind set that safety is everyone’s responsibility is reinforced through the observation of fellow co-workers.  There is no doubt that early impressions are lasting impressions.  
So remember, the next time you find your safety glasses resting on your forehead rather than in place over your eyes, someone is watching you lead. When an empty water bottle is just kicked around the site rather than being placed in a trash can, someone is observing your commitment to safety. Let your actions say, “I believe in wearing eye protection so that I can see the sun rise tomorrow. I know trash can cause a tripping accident, and I care about my co-workers safety.”
Accidents are a reality. Become the kind of leader that teaches safety through example and set in motion a safer future for all.

Todd Jenkins is the Regional Safety Manager for Donley’s, LLC. 
Learn more about Donley’s safety program.

Donley’s is Velosano Pedal Partner to Raise Money for Cancer Research at Cleveland Clinic

Sometimes it can sound like a broken record, but at Donley’s, people really do come first.  As we celebrate our 75th year in business, we are reminded of all the great individuals and families that have impacted the success of our business.  Over the years, we have witnessed many members of our extended Donley’s family greatly affected by cancer.  To lose a loved one, friend, neighbor, coworker to cancer is devastating. Precious lives end all too soon to this disease, and often medical professionals have little control over the cancer progression.
In Northeast Ohio, we are fortunate to be home to The Cleveland Clinic which is ranked one of the top 10 cancer centers in the nation. This summer, Donley’s will be participating as a Pedal Partner for the second year in the VeloSano Bike Race, held July 29-31, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio.  VeloSano is an annual fundraising race where proceeds are raised for cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic. Unfortunately, cancer cases increase each year, and in some way or another, have impacted most of us.
As part of our year-long 75th anniversary celebration, we have decided to dedicate the month of July to community service. Please help support our VeloSano team, as a rider or volunteer.  Please take a moment, visit the Velosano website to learn more about this event.
We are excited about the opportunity to grow our team— called CASE HEC— and its impact on this great cause. Check out the link to our team page here.

1. Rider- choose one of the five races, and commit to fundraising and biking in that particular race.
2. Virtual Rider- the “No Bike Required” way to fundraise(may be a great option for those who don’t wish to ride)
3. Race Volunteer- hundreds of volunteers are needed to help make this a successful event(may be a great option for those who don’t wish to ride)
Statistics from last year’s event can be found in the 2015 Annual Report (annual report.pdf). Further information on this year’s ride is found in Race Choices (facts.pdf).
We hope you’ll join us in the fight against cancer!

Guarding Against Guardrail Failure

Guardrails serve to protect against falls that can seriously injure or even kill, but the amount of protection guardrails provide depends on how they are constructed and maintained. 
Most guardrails are built of strong materials and are usually fairly solid when first constructed. However, guardrails are often abused, weakened, broken, and removed without being replaced. Weakened guardrails are sometimes more dangerous than no guardrails at all because they give a false sense of security.

3 Ways to Engage in Guardrail Failure Prevention
  1. Fix It. If you discover a weakened or missing rail section, upright or toe board, correct the situation if you can. 
  2. Report it. If you can’t immediately correct the situation, report it to someone who can so that the hazard can be eliminated
  3. Check It. If you bump a rail with material or equipment, check back to see if it is weakened and then fix or report any needed repairs.
You can help keep you and your co-workers safe by getting into the habit of checking guardrails. Finally, use caution when repairing or replacing guardrails, as you are exposed to the very danger that you are trying to protect against.

William Powell III, or Billy as he as known to most, is a Regional Safety Manager for Donley’s, Inc. 
Learn more about Donley’s safety program.

Donley’s Concrete Practices Lean Construction at Cleveland Clinic’s East 105th Street Deck

Cleveland Clinic’s new 105th Street parking deck is a 9 level, 3,000 space deck and will serve as an icon and introduction to the Clinic’s main campus at its southern portal. 
Donley’s Concrete crews, along with the entire team, including the Clinic studied the book, The Toyota Way to learn how Toyota integrates lean principles as they strive for continuous improvement.  In addition, Morning Huddles with all crew foremen from all trades take place each day prior to the start of work.  Safety issues and concerns are discussed first, then expected deliveries, crane usage, individual crew activities, and finally, any information required from the management or design team.  
First Run Studies have been conducted by Donley’s Concrete team members prior to building major elements such as decks decks or core walls.  It is in these studies that the crew foremen, superintendent, project manager, project engineers, and suppliers and other subs discuss safety and equipment requirements, review the formwork drawings, reinforcing drawings, and discuss means and methods of construction.  This session flushes out many questions and concerns prior to work commencing. 
The project is on schedule for completion in the 4th quarter of 2016.

5 Access and Egress Best Practices Ensure Worker Safety

Getting to and from work platforms is important to both job site safety and work production. Donley’s recommends these work practices to ensure safe access and egress to and from wall form work platforms, regardless if the form is a gang form or a handset system.
  1. Once the wall form work platform is constructed, ladders or other approved methods such as ramps, stairways, or the building floor must be used to access it. If the elevation change is greater than 19″ when stepping from the floor to the work platform, install a step for safe access.
  2. Workers are not permitted to climb the form or rebar to gain access to a wall form work platform. It makes no difference that a worker is tied-off during the climbing process. The hazard with 100% tie-off while climbing the form to access a work platform involves the positions workers are in as they attempt to climb on and off the work platform. In addition, the vertical form itself does not have the same climbing characteristics as a ladder.
  3. Climbing the vertical face of the wall form is permitted only when work is performed on the form (i.e., when installing or removing taper-ties). There is normally no other way to accomplish these work tasks. However, in the case of accessing work platforms, other methods are available. Make sure walls are braced before climbing.
  4. When performing work off a work platform, fall protection is required if your feet are 6′ or more above a lower level. This is typically provided through the use of guardrails on the back side of the working platform and ensuring the platform is at least 39″ below the top of the form. If this is not feasible, there are a few options available:
    • Install a 2nd working platform, complete with guardrails, on the opposite side of the wall form.
    • Install a guardrail system at the standard 21″ (midrail) and 42″ (top rail) heights on the opposite side of the wall form.
    • Practice 100% fall protection using retractable lanyards. (This is the last resort to be used only if nothing else is feasible.) Anchorage point for 6′ shock absorbing lanyards must be 18.5′ from the lower level and 14.5′ for retractable lanyards.
  5. Falling onto rebar is a serious hazard as well. When working over rebar, the rebar must be protected. Wood or metal reinforced plastic rebar caps must be used. Standard plastic rebar caps that are not reinforced are not approved protection.
Javier Pabon is a Regional Safety Manager for Donley’s Concrete Group. 
Learn more about Donley’s safety program.

75 Years of Concrete Expertise

Utilize Donley’s 75 years of concrete experience to build your next parking deck.
Our construction services include construction management, design/build, IPD, and general contracting delivery systems. 
Donley’s Concrete Group’s self-performance maximizes control over safety, quality, schedule, and cost. 

Donley’s Restoration Group provides ongoing maintenance, repair, and retrofit solutions for parking deck structures.
Let Donley’s Parking Deck Planner help you determine the cost of your deck. This interactive tool will help you define exactly what is needed for your new parking facility, including:
  • General requirements (number of spaces, number of floors, size of site)
  • Structural systems (precast, cast-in-place, steel)
  • Architectural (brick finish, formalizer, etc)
  • Site challenges
To request a password to our Parking Deck Planner tool, please contact Jeff Dentzer at

It’s Electrifying: Take Command of Cords

Our third and final post in our It’s Electrifying series focuses on electrical cord maintenance. Follow these inspection tips to ensure electrical cords are safe to use.

  • Only 3-prong extension cords with correct rating may be used. 
  • Check your cords rating AND the equipment’s amps to ensure the cord is compatible with the equipment.

  • Tools and cords should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure everyone’s safety. Questions to ask during inspection include:
    1. Is there any insulation showing?
    2. Is there any twisting of the wire inside the extension cord?
    3. Is there proper strain relief?
    4. Is the cord wired correctly?

    • Damaged cords or cords showing insulation should be removed from service and tagged, “DO NOT USE” 
    • Tools or cords tagged “DO NOT USE” should be repaired or disposed of immediately.
    • Flexible cords should always be used in continuous lengths without splicing or taping. This means NO ELECTRICAL TAPE should ever be used to splice two lengths together
    • Hard service flexible cords No. 12 or larger may be repaired, if repaired by a designated Competent Person and the cord is repaired back to original quality.

    Taking a few extra moments to inspect the cords on your job site or at home may just save a life.

    William Powell III, or Billy as he as known to most, is a Regional Safety Manager for Donley’s, Inc. 
    Learn more about Donley’s safety program.