Articles by Month: January 2018
In a recent article on Healthcareglobal.com, Walter Jones, Sr. Vice President of MetroHealth, discusses the main campus transformation and how Donley’s has already helped to make a significant impact on their 2022 plan.
Jones explains, “During the design of our new parking garage (pictured below), construction manager Donley’s Inc. urged us to modify the size of our concrete bays. They had concrete forms already built, but those forms were a slightly different size than what was called for in our design. If we adjusted our design slightly, we could use Donley’s forms and not have to build new ones on site. That suggestion saved us nearly $2 million.”
Beautiful day in Greenville for our first deck pour on the JHM Hotel project with our CM, BE&K Building Group.
Over 80% of all workplace injury arises from worker behavior. We make mistakes, errors in judgment or simply do not have our full attention on the job and something happens. There is also a tendency to get so focused on getting the job done that we do not recognize the obvious.
A few years ago in the main shops there was an incident where a fairly new worker fell into a hole in the floor and required several stitches in his leg. The opening was well flagged off and the whole affair seemed a mystery. The post incident interview went something like this: So, you saw the caution tape? “Yes”. And you
do understand what caution tape means? “Oh, yes.” And you stepped over the caution tape and fell into the hole? “Yes, that is pretty much what happened.” Either this guy was a complete moron or there was some other explanation.
On further questioning, it turned out that he was on the end of a tag line at the time. He was so focused on keeping the plate steady that the consequences of stepping over the caution tape did not register. At first this seemed unbelievable. However, some recent research on workplace injury confirmed that focused concentration on a task reduces the capacity to recognize obvious hazards. And a significant number of workplace injuries result from this kind of inattention.
This applies directly to vehicle operation such as forklifts or even pickup trucks. There is a felt sense of pressure to get something done, we are driving totally wrapped up in the job and do not even seen the person walking in the path of travel. Every year there are countless incidents like this.
Are there pressures and intense focus in our jobs? You bet. But it is how we deal with the pressure, how we handle the intense focus that is important. Now and again we have talked about the four second reset as a way of attuning ourselves to the hazards around us. Sometimes all it takes is a big breath when we sit behind the wheel of a vehicle. In truth, it is some conscious act of getting outside of the pressure or job focus that prevents this type of incident. How we do this is our individual preference or way of psychologically handling the job demands here.
There is an old story about a man who is riding a very fast horse. As he gallops past a bystander the person shouts, “Where are you going in such a hurry?” The man answers, “I don’t know. Ask the horse.” The very same situation happens with many of us at work. We get caught up in the busy day. Direct the horse once in a while and you won’t ride over one of your co-workers or fall into a hole.
Pre-Task Planning Basics:
Pre-task Planning (STA) is a great way to focus your team. The STA is a living document that helps everyone to focus on their tasks for the day. Here are a few things to keep in mind when using this tool:
- Everyone has input
- Done in your work area by individual crews
- Identify your task for the day
- Identify what hazards you see with those hazards no matter how trivial they may seem
- Identify other trades working around you and ask the question “Can I safely work around them?”
- Identify how to abate the hazards you identified by asking yourself “Do I have the right training,equipment and or material?”
- If you job task changes then start over with the STA and ask yourself these simple questions
The piece of paper you are writing the information down on will not save your life, but the focus you are placing on your work will. We never know what we have prevented only what we didn’t prevent.
The Charleston office has its first Tower Crane under DCG contract with AHP Construction, LLC. for the structural concrete package at 530 Meeting Street. It will be used for the podium deck and the construction of the building shell through the end of 2018.
Attitude, Behavior, and Control. A safe attitude means staying alert and focused on the job at hand. Safe behavior means taking safety guidelines and practices seriously. Control means taking responsibility and keeping your work area clean and orderly.
Safety is more than just following your company’s guidelines or what OSHA says while you work. Safety is actually a combination of a safe attitude, behavior, and control both on and off the job. Attitude means your frame of mind and the way in which you approach a given situation. Behavior means what you do about it and how you react to a situation. Control refers to making your surroundings, where and what you do, safe. Safe attitude, behavior, and control add up to a safer more productive you.
When it comes to safety, attitude isn’t exactly everything, but it’s darn close. A safe attitude means staying alert and focused on the job a hand, taking safety guidelines and practices seriously, never horsing around on the job, and not letting emotions like anger and frustration get in the way of job performance.
How you react to a situation is an important part of being safe. Following established safety guidelines and procedures, refusing to take “shortcuts,” using personal protective equipment, asking questions when you need more information and the task at hand are all safe behaviors. Safe behavior also means helping friends, coworkers, and family members understand the importance of safe practices and work, home or play.
Control means taking responsibility for making your work site, home, or recreational facility a safe place. You can help keep your surroundings safe from potential hazards by keeping them clean and orderly. Keep machines in good repair, clean up spills and debris (or report them to the appropriate person), and make sure that walkways are free from obstacles. Store chemicals properly (both at home and on the job) and never switch containers. At work, be sure to report faulty equipment ventilation, or any potential hazards to your supervisor.
ABC’S – EASY AS 1-2-3
Attitude, behavior, and control are the three most important (and perhaps the simplest) aspects of personal safety both on and off the job. Take a moment to review your safety ABC’s to see if you’re doing all you can to protect yourself, your coworkers, and your loves ones from careless, needless, injury.
WHAT IS ELECTRICITY?
- Voltage – electrical pressure (water pressure)
- Resistance – restriction to electrical flow (pipe friction)
- Amperes – electrical flow rate (gallons/min)
- Watts – amount used
AMPS = VOLTAGE AMPS = WATTS
THE HAZARDS OF ELECTRICITY
- Electrical current travels in closed circuits.
- You get a shock when some part of your body becomes part of an electric circuit.
- An electric current enters the body at one point and exits the body at another.
- Arcing or sparking
- Arcing or sparking occurs when high-amperage currents jump from one conductor to another.
- Explosions occur when electricity provides a source of ignition for an explosive mixture in the atmosphere.
- Electricity is one of the most common causes of fire.
THE SEVERITY OF SHOCK A PERSON CAN RECEIVE DEPENDS ON:
- Quantity (Amperes) of current through the body
- >3 mA – Indirect accident.
- >10mA – Muscle contraction.
- >30mA – Lung paralysis, usually temporary.
- >50mA – Possible ventricular fibrillation(fatal).
- 100mA to 4A – Certain ventricular fibrillation.
- >4A – Heart paralysis, severe burns.
- Path of current through the body
- Length of time the body is in the circuit
SAFETY REMINDERS – ALL TEMPORARY POWER MUST BE PROTECTED BY GFCI AND ASSUME ALL ELECTRICAL OUTLETS AND CORDS ARE LIVE UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE
With the increasing use of the Full Body Harness on our worksites it is necessary to insure that they are being worn properly. Proper adjustment of the full body harness is critical to your safety.
If chest buckles and leg buckles are not fastened properly you could fall out of the harness in a fall arrest situation.
You must wear the harness fully donned and fastened at all times. Do no unfasten any parts of your harness during breaks in work. Your full body harness must be 100% on or 100% off.
This simply means that anytime you are wearing a harness all leg straps and chest straps will be buckled and adjusted properly to your body. Proper harness must include the following items:
- Sub pelvic strap seated beneath buttocks
- Dorsal Dee ring located between shoulder blades
- Shoulder straps secure to prevent coming out in head first in a fall
- Chest strap located and latched at breast line to avoid riding into neck
- Chest strap adjusted to keep shoulder straps tight so you do not go out of the harness in a head first fall
- Perform the two-finger test. You should only be able to slide two fingers between your body and all your harness straps and components.
Thoroughly inspect your harness on a daily basis for frayed threads, cuts, tears or loose connections. Inspection of the stitched areas must be looked at closely. Look for burn holes from welding or other heat sources. Look for hardware that appears to be distorted or damaged. Remove the harness from service if you see any of this damage. Do not cut any of the harness straps to shorten them and do not repair the harness in house. Remove it from service!
Many employees use the harness as a fall arrest harness and tool belt. Comfort is of concern and we are currently looking into harnesses and harness attachments that will increase your comfort level. New shoulder pads and harnesses are being developed and we will be testing them in the field. Ask the safety representative on your job or your supervisor for ways to help improve the comfort of your harness.
SAFETY REMINDER – EITHER THE FULL BODY HARNESS 100% ON OR 100% OFF