Articles by Month: October 2017
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
USING A LADDER
- Always face a ladder when using it.
- Use at least one hand to grasp the ladder when ascending / descending.
- Do not carry any object or load that could cause you to lose balance and fall.
- Wear shoes with slip-resistant soles.
INSPECTING A LADDER
- If ladder is damaged, tag it “Do not use”, and remove until fixed. Destroy if it can’t be fixed.
- Here is a checklist for inspecting ladders:
- All bolts and rivets should be secure.
- All rung locks and other movable parts should be oiled or greased.
- All four legs must be on solid, level ground.
- The spreaders must be locked fully open.
- Never climb on the cross-bracing. Never lean a stepladder against a wall.
- The top or top step of a stepladder must not be used as a step.
STRAIGHT AND EXTENSION LADDERS
- Use at a 4:1 angle. Job-made ladders with spliced side rails must
use an 8:1 angle.
- When used for access, side rails must extend ≥ 3 feet above surface
and be secured.
- Once set-up, lock the top section in place.
- Both rails must rest evenly on the resting spot.
- Never work from any of the top 3 steps.
- Lower the top section of an extension ladder before you move it.
- Stops on top section ensure it will not fall; on bottom section ensure proper overlap. The sliding section (“fly”) must overlap the bottom section (“base”) by at least:
SAFETY REMINDER – ALWAYS INSPECT A LADDER BEFORE USE!
to Donley’s Concrete Group who selected by LeChase Construction as their
national Subcontractor Outstanding Safety Performance Award Recipient. This award
was presented at LeChase’s 2017 Subcontractor Appreciation Event. Recent
projects with LeChase Construction include Duke Thomas Center and Durham Police
The shovels hit the ground!
On Thursday, October 5th, Donley’s team attended the ceremonious groundbreaking for the new 1,500-space MetroHealth parking deck, serving their main campus. Donley’s will serve as Construction Manager on this deck and when complete it will span seven-levels. This deck will accomodate between 300-600 vehicles for visitors and patients, as well as 900-1,200 employee vehicles.
DONLEY’S POLICY IS:
REPORT ANY INJURY, FIRST AID, AND INCIDENT OR NEAR MISS TO YOUR SUPERVISOR OR THE SAFETY DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY.
WHAT DO I REPORT?
- Injury: an incident to the body that requires more then just first aid
- First aid: an incident to the body that does not require seeking medical treatment off site
- Incident: anything that results in mechanical or equipment theft or property damage
- Near Miss: Anything that happens that did not have one of the outcomes listed above.
WHO DO I REPORT IT TO?
- Your Supervisor
- The Safety Department
WHEN DO I REPORT?
- As soon as possible.
- Contact safety department prior to going for any medical attention (refer to hard hat sticker) other then life threatening emergencies.
- If your injury is a first aid or non-life threatening situation DO NOT go to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care, wait for direction from the Safety Department, or go to the nearest NON-EMERGENCY or Occupational Medical Center (referenced in the Project Safety Plan)
AFTER YOU RECEIVE TREATMENT
- Be sure to give a copy of all paperwork you receive from the medical facility to the Safety Department.
- If you are given restrictions from the physician you must be in constant communication with the Safety department so we can meet those restrictions and get you back to work as soon as possible, we will work with you through the entire process. (This is called a Return to Work program.)
- You are responsible to meet your follow-up appointments
FAILURE TO REPORT AN INCIDENT
- If you fail to report an injury/first aid/accident promptly, it will result in disciplinary action; which includes but not limited to 1-5 days off without pay.
HARD HAT STICKER & MEDICAL INFORMATION CARD
- Sticker and Medical Info card should be placed on the inside of your hard hat for quick reference.
- The purpose of the sticker is to provide you with the Safety Department cell phone numbers to report an incident.
- The Medical card is up to you whether you want to put the information on the card. This medical card is designed to help provide emergency medical teams with information about yourself if you should be unable to communicate due to an injury.
REPORT ALL INCIDENTS/ACCIDNENTS/FIRST AID AND NEAR MISSES IMMEDIATELY.
FALL PROTECTION BARRIER SYSTEMS
Positioning device systems and their use shall conform to the following provisions:
- Positioning devices shall be rigged such that an employee cannot free fall more than 2 feet.
- Positioning devices shall be secured to an anchorage capable of supporting at least twice the potential impact load of an employee’s fall or 3,000 pounds whichever is greater.
- Positioning device systems shall be inspected prior to each use for wear, damage, and other deterioration and defective components shall be removed from service.
- Body belts, harnesses, and components shall be used only for employee protection (as part of a personal fall arrest system or positioning device system) and not to hoist materials.
Warning line systems and their use (Only when working on a low slope roof) shall comply with the following provisions:
- The warning line shall be erected around all sides of the roof work area.
- When mechanical equipment is not being used, the warning line shall be erected not less than 6 feet from the roof edge.
- When mechanical equipment is being used, the warning line shall be erected not less than 10 feet from the roof edge.
- When employees are present on the roof that are not performing roofing activities, the warning line shall be erected not less than 15 feet from the roof edge.
- Points of access, materials handling areas, storage areas, and hoisting areas shall be connected to the work area by an access path formed by two warning lines.
- When the path to a point of access is not in use, a barricade equivalent in strength and height to the warning line, shall be placed across the path or the path shall be offset such that a person cannot walk directly into the work area.
- The rope, wire, or chain shall be flagged at not more than 6-foot intervals with high-visibility material;
- The rope, wire, or chain shall be rigged and supported in such a way that its lowest point (including sag) is no less than 34 inches from the walking/working surface and its highest point is no more than 39 inches from the walking/working surface;
- After being erected, with the rope, wire, or chain attached, stanchions shall be capable of resisting, without tipping over, a force of at least 16 pounds and have a minimum tensile strength of 500 pounds; and
- The line shall be attached at each stanchion in such a way that pulling on one section of the line between stanchions will not result in slack being taken up in adjacent sections before the stanchion tips over.
SAFETY REMINDERS – FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT AN APPROPRIATE SYSTEM IS GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE DISCIPLINARY ACTION INCLUDING DISMISSAL FROM THE SITE.
Portland cement is a light gray or white powder. When in contact with moisture in eyes or on skin, or when mixed with water, portland cement becomes highly caustic (pH > 12) and will damage or burn (as severely as third-degree) the eyes or skin.
(Acute) Exposure to dry portland cement may cause drying of the skin with consequent mild irritation or more significant effects attributable to aggravation of other conditions.
(Chronic) Dry portland cement coming in contact with wet skin or exposure to wet portland cement may cause more severe skin effects, including thickening, cracking or fissuring of the skin. Prolonged exposure can cause severe skin damage in the form of chemical (caustic) burns.
METHODS OF PROTECTION – Prevention is essential to avoiding potentially severe skin injury. Avoid contact with unhardened (wet) portland cement products. If contact occurs, promptly wash affected area with soap and water. Do not rely on barrier creams; barrier creams should not be used in place of gloves. Use impervious, abrasion- and alkali-resistant gloves, boots and protective clothing to protect the skin from prolonged contact with wet portland cement in plastic concrete, mortar or slurries. Provisions must be made to enable employees to clean or exchange equipment if it becomes ineffective or contaminated on the inside with portland cement while in use and to ensure that equipment is maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition when not in use.
FIRST AID – Wash skin with cool water and pH-neutral soap or a mild detergent. Seek medical treatment if irritation or inflammation develops or persists. Seek immediate medical treatment in the event of burns.
GOOD PRACTICES FOR SKIN CARE
- Wash areas of the skin that come into contact with wet cement in clean, cool water. Use a pH-neutral or slightly acidic soap. Check with the soap supplier or manufacturer for information on the acidity and alkalinity of the soap.
- Consider using a mildly acidic solution such as diluted vinegar or a buffering solution to neutralize caustic residues of cement on the skin3.
- Do not wash with abrasives or waterless hand cleaners, such as alcohol-based gels or citrus cleaners.
- Avoid wearing watches and rings at work since wet cement can collect under such items.
Do not use lanolin, petroleum jelly, or other skin softening products. These substances can seal cement residue to the skin, increase the skin’s ability to absorb contaminants, and irritate the skin. Skin softening products also should not be used to treat cement burns.
SAFETY REMINDER – DISCOMFORT OR PAIN CANNOT BE RELIED UPON TO ALERT A PERSON TO A HAZARDOUS SKIN EXPOSURE.