Recent Promotions

We are pleased to announce the promotion of three of our employees, John March to Project Executive of the Columbus Hilton Hotel project, James Nadzam to Project Manager, and Mason Ruby to Superintendent. Here is some background information on them!

John Marchi: John graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2009 and joined Donley’s in 2010 as an Estimator. John has a great deal of experience collaborating with clients and helping lead in the successful delivery of some of Donley’s most significant projects. He recently worked on The Hilton Cleveland Downtown and The Lumen at Playhouse Square.

James Nadzam: James participated in a co-op program with Donley’s NEO concrete team in 2015 and officially joined the firm in 2017 as a Project Engineer. James graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management Technology. Some of his recent projects include the Lumen at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square and the MetroHealth Parking Garage at their main campus.  

Mason Ruby: Mason graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management in 2016. He participated in a co-op program with Donley’s NEO concrete team in 2016 and was hired on full-time as a Project Engineer in early 2017. Most recently, Mason has worked on the Lumen project at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square and the Connection at Southside project in Pittsburgh.

Tool Box Talk – 3-Way Communication For Construction

Mutual understanding is essential in the construction environment. Elevated work, heavy equipment and ever changing environments are just part of the construction environment. The ability to most effectively communicate to co-workers is a must. In order to ensure good messaging the responsibility for proper communication is primarily that of the originator or sender who must verify the receiver understands the message as intended. Each message that is directive in nature must use three-way communication and begins when:

  1. The sender gets the attention of the intended receiver by using the person’s name and speaks the message
  2. The receiver repeats the message in a paraphrased form which helps the sender verify the receiver heard and understood the message
  3. The sender acknowledges the receiver heard and understood the message.

When the receiver paraphrases the message inclusive of, specific equipment, precise intended actions, or information these are to be repeated back exactly as spoken.

The third leg of the communication is often the weakest link, since the sender is tempted to pay attention to the receiver’s statement and assumes the person heard their message. This is a big assumption. If the receiver does not receive acknowledgement from the send, he/she should be assertive and ask the sender to complete the third leg. Feedback is necessary for verification of understanding of each spoken message.

Verbal Information that is directive in nature is exchanged between people via face-to-face, telephone or radio regarding one or more of the following:

  • Status of situation, equipment, structure, or components
  • Direction to perform actions
  • Work instructions


  1. Using slang terms instead of specific or standard terms
  2. Sender not taking responsibility for what is said and heard
  3. Not stating his/her name and work location (sender or receiver) when using a telephone/radio
  4. Receiver’s name not used by the sender to get receiver’s attention
  5. Attempting to communicate with someone already engaged in another conversation
  6. Failing to verify receiver accepted and understood the message
  7. Message not stated clearly (such as not loud enough or poor enunciation)
  8. Receiver not verifying understanding with sender, reluctance to ask questions in group
  9. Speaking from behind the person intended to receive the message
  10. Receiver does not write down message if more than two items are to be remembered
  11. Conflict between what is said (content of message) and the nonverbal cues of the sender

First Deck Pour in Greenville

Beautiful day in Greenville for our first deck pour on the JHM Hotel project with our CM, BE&K Building Group.

Focusing on Your Job/ Pre-Task Planning – Toolbox Talk

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:

  1. Everyone has input
  2. Done in your work area by individual crews
  3. Identify your task for the day
  4. Identify what hazards you see with those hazards no matter how trivial they may seem
  5. Identify other trades working around you and ask the question “Can I safely work around them?”
  6. Identify how to abate the hazards you identified by asking yourself “Do I have the right training,equipment and or material?”
  7. 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.

Charleston Milestone

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.

ABCs of Safety – Toolbox Talks

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.

Electrical Safety Tool Box Talk 1


  • 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    
              RESISTANCE                           VOLTAGE


  • Shock
    • 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
    • Explosions occur when electricity provides a source of ignition for an explosive mixture in the atmosphere.
  • Fires
    • Electricity is one of the most common causes of fire.


  • 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



Full Body Harness Tool Box Talk

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.



As the weather becomes “frightful” during winter months, workers who must brave the outdoor conditions face the occupational hazard of exposure to the cold. Prolonged exposure to freezing
temperatures can result in health problems as serious as trench foot, frostbite, and hypothermia. Workers need to be especially mindful of the weather, its effects on the body, proper prevention
techniques, and treatment of cold-related disorders.

Personal Protective Clothing
Perhaps the most important step in fighting the elements is providing adequate layers of insulation from them. Wear at least three layers of clothing:

  • An outer layer to break the wind and allow some ventilation (like Gore-Tex® or nylon);
  • A middle layer of wool or synthetic fabric to absorb sweat and retain insulation in a damp environment. Down is a useful lightweight insulator; however, it is ineffective once it becomes wet.
  • An inner layer of cotton or synthetic weave to allow ventilation.

Pay special attention to protecting feet, hands, face and head. Up to 40 percent of body heat can be lost when the head is exposed. Footgear should be insulated to protect against cold and dampness. Keep a change of clothing available in case work garments become wet.

Engineering Controls in the workplace through a variety of practices help reduce the risk of cold-related injuries.

  • Use an on-site source of heat, such as air jets, radiant heaters, or contact warm plates.
  • Shield work areas from drafty or windy conditions.
  • Provide a heated shelter for employees who experience prolonged exposure to equivalent wind-chill temperatures of 20°F (-6°C) or less.
  • Use thermal insulating material on equipment handles when temperatures drop below 30°F (-1°C).

Safe Work Practices, such as changes in work schedules and practices, are necessary to combat the effects of exceedingly cold weather.

  • Allow a period of adjustment to the cold before embarking on a full work schedule.
  • Always permit employees to set their own pace and take extra work breaks when needed.
  • Reduce, as much as possible, the number of activities performed outdoors. When employees must brave the cold, select the warmest hours of the day and minimize activities that reduce circulation.
  • Ensure that employees remain hydrated.
  • Establish a buddy system for working outdoors.
  • Educate employees to the symptoms of cold-related stresses — heavy shivering, uncomfortable coldness, severe fatigue, drowsiness, or euphoria.

Safety Reminders Knowing the facts on cold exposure can help ensure that this season is a safe and healthy one.

Tool Box Talk – Christmas Safety

“Merry Christmas” everyone. Christmas is here in a few short days and there are lots of activities going on which can act as distractions to our work. “Did that present we order arrive on time?” “Did we forget to invite anyone to Christmas dinner?” “What was I supposed to bring to that Christmas party?”

It is a challenge to stay focused at work during this time of year. So, this is when it is especially important to take four seconds for safety. When you find yourself working away and your thoughts running wild with all the plans and activities of Christmas, STOP, take those four short seconds to look around and come back to the present moment. Look for a hazard in the middle of your activity. Are you standing on a ladder? Are you in an awkward position or about to trip on something lying on the floor? Hazards do not go away. Only our awareness of the hazards goes away. And when we ignore hazards, we tend to get injured.

Christmas injuries tend put extra stress on everyone. Imagine yourself sitting around the Christmas table in a leg cast because you fell off a ladder or tripped over something. Unfortunately, these stories are more common than all of us might admit. Injuries at Christmas seem to magnify how many people are affected by an injury to one person. How many people count on you each day to come home safely? If you add them all up you might be surprised.

Taking four seconds for safety may seem unimportant to you yet it is the one activity, the one action you might take during a busy and distracted day which will have the most benefit in keeping you safe. Think of it as your Christmas present to yourself. In fact, you can think of each of those people who would be affected by an injury to you every time you take four seconds to refocus.

Think about this when you are about to drive away to some gathering this Christmas. The noise, the excitement, the distraction! Take a moment, take a big breath, count slowly to four, then drive away. Chances are that you will arrive safely once you focus for those four seconds.

Again, “Merry Christmas” to everyone. May the Blessings of this season warm the hearts of you and your families.