Articles by Month: August 2017
Is stress a good thing or a bad thing?
Each of you will view stress in a different manner, stresses come in all shapes, sizes, amounts and so on. We
all bring an element of stress to the job with us, what is important is how we handle the stress in our lives.
Job stress is the physical and emotional harm that occurs when the requirements of a job do not match the
capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. Job stress can lead to poor health and even injury.
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE:
In 1990, a local court upheld a compensation claim by a construction worker who had difficulty keeping up
with the pressures of the job site. To avoid falling behind, he tried to take on more tasks and often got parts
mixed up. As a result, he was repeatedly yelled at by the foreman. He suffered a psychological breakdown.
ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS…
- Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of work you have?
- How do you handle the pressure? (For example, do you talk with other workers, keep to yourself, or
discuss it with your supervisor?)
HANDLING WORKPLACE STRESS
- Tell your supervisor you are overwhelmed
- Reduce job stress by taking care of yourself
- Engage in regular exercise, it is a powerful stress reliever.
- Realize that your job may not be the best option for your personality or with your other
responsibilities (such as children, school, and medical conditions).
- Make sure you seek medical attention, if you begin to experience the following conditions:
- Frequent headaches
- Inability to sleep
- Difficulty concentrating
- Upset stomach
- Short Temper
WE DID IT! We have been named a 2017 NorthCoast 99 Winner! Donley’s is extremely proud to be honored for a third year as one of the 99 great workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio. A special thank you to all our employees who make our workplace great. To find out more on how we won this award, visit www.northcoast99.org #NC99 #GreatWorkplace #NEO
Donley’s/Blair’s policy is that a fall protection system as outlined below, is required for all employees (Self-performed and Subcontractors) working at heights greater than 6 feet and this applies to all situations including General Fall Protection, Scaffolds, Over Hand Bricklaying, Crane activities, and Steel Erection Activities.
This policy does not apply to working from ladders as long as employees maintain three points of contact and ensure that the center line of their body does not go outside of the side rails of the ladder.
FALL PROTECTION SYSTEMS
The acceptable types of fall protection systems utilized by Blair’s and/or subcontractor employees are Barrier Systems, Personal Fall Arrest Systems, and Safety Net Systems.
Barrier Systems include:
- Guardrail Systems
- Positioning devices
- Warning Line Systems (Only when working on a low slope roof)
- Controlled Access Zones (Only for leading edge, precast concrete erection work, and steel erection activities)
- Covers. For all holes greater than 2” in the smallest direction regardless of depth.
Personal Fall Arrest Systems include:
- Anchorage Points
- Single point
- Vertical lifeline
- Horizontal lifeline
- Retractable lifeline
Safety Net Systems include:
- Netting with border rope
Fall Protection Plans
- This option is available only to employees engaged in leading edge work, precast concrete erection work, or residential construction work who can demonstrate that it is infeasible or it creates a greater hazard to use conventional fall protection equipment.
SAFETY REMINDERS – FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT AN APPROPRIATE SYSTEM IS GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE DISCIPLINARY ACTION INCLUDING DISMISSAL FROM THE SITE.
DONLEY’S POLICY IS:
WHEREVER THERE IS A POINT OF ACCESS WITH A BREAK IN ELEVATION OF 19 INCHES OR MORE, PROVIDE STAIRWAY; LADDER; RAMP; RUNWAY; EMBANKMENT; OR PERSONNEL HOIST
SAFETY REMINDER – ALWAYS INSPECT A LADDER BEFORE USE!
BASIC CRANE SET UP
- A cranes capacity is different over the Sides than it is over the Front or Rear.
- There is a difference in capacity if outriggers are extended. Fully Extend Outriggers (unless
charts have ratings for other settings).
- Pads 3 times the size of the floats.
- Wheels Off the ground (just enough for clearance).
- Barricade the entire swing radius and ensure NOBODY is within the swing radius while in use.
- Increasing the radius generally reduces the total capacity
- Is the angle of the boom to the horizontal.
- Booming up reduces radius, increases boom angle, and generally increases capacity. Booming
down increases radius, decreases boom angle, and generally decreases capacity.
- A condition when the ball or load block comes in contact with the sheaves at the tip.
- This could cause the rope to break causing dynamic unloading which will drop the load and
damage the crane.
- Dynamic loading can dramatically effect the stability of the crane and is typically caused by rapidly
accelerating or stopping a load.
- Typically cause by not having the tip of the crane over the load when trying to hoist or when there is a rapid
start or stop of the swing.
- This can cause sever structural damage to the boom and eventually cause failure of the crane boom.
EFFECTS OF WIND
From the Back
- Effect of wind on the load increases the load radius and reduces capacity.
Forward stability is the critical consideration when the wind is from behind the
- It has same effect as adding load to the hook.
From the Front
- Effect of the wind on the load reacts at the boom tip by creating a backward tipping load.
- Backward stability is the critical factor when the wind is from the front, particularly when the boom
is at or approaching maximum boom angle.
From the Side
- Boom Strength is most affected when the wind is from the side.
SAFETY REMINDERS – RIG IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME-EVERYTIME!
Universities at Shady Grove Parking Garage project was recently recognized by
the International Parking Institute (IPI). The project was honored with
an Award of Merit in the IPI’s 2017 Awards of Excellence Competition – Best
Design of a Parking Facility with fewer than 800 spaces.
are proud to announce that our very own Bob Gates is the recipient of the
American Society of Safety Engineers’ Northern Ohio Safety Professional of the
Year (SPY) award. He was nominated for this award by his peers and was selected
out of a field of 350 chapter members. He is currently working on the
Cleveland Clinic/Case Western Reserve University Health Education Campus (HEC)
project. Congratulations to Bob for this most-deserving award!