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This 4.5-acre site in the heart of Durham, consolidates all police functions currently housed in multiple locations throughout the city. The structure will provide a secure parking deck as well as provide space for all police and emergency 911 functions be in the same building. Donley’s provided concrete contractor services and fulfilled the role of Construction Manager for this project. Its success is due to the collaboration of all team members, the utilization of the team’s industry expertise, and a passion to get the job done right.


Many of the challenges on this project involved mother nature. Extremely wet conditions, including rain and snow challenged the team, causing them to work on the weekends to stay on schedule. To work around these challenges, collaboration and coordination became even more critical. The team held weekly meetings, and regular project schedule updates. With safety at the forefront of Donley’s culture, we also completed extra safety projects to ensure that everyone on the project could work safely.

Even with all these challenges, Donley’s completed our scope of work, allowing the project to successfully be delivered to the City of Durham.

 


A beautifully decorated Christmas tree, a warm space heater and fragrant candles burning are great ways to enjoy your home during the holidays, but they can be dangerous if not used properly. 
The risk of home fires typically increases in the U.S. around the winter holidays. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, 30 percent of home structure fires and 38 percent of home fire deaths occur between December and February.
Christmas trees, decorative lights, and candles are among the leading causes of home fires. University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and Safe Kids Greater Cleveland offer these guidelines for keeping homes and families safe.



ELIMINATE HAZARDS:

  • Keep matches, lighters and other fire sources out of children's reach.
  • Keep clothing, furniture, newspapers or anything flammable at least three feet from a fireplace, heater or radiator.
  • Turn off all portable heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Follow instructions for extension cords and do not overload.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys inspected and cleaned every year.

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS:

  • Ensure all decorations are nonflammable or flame-retardant and kept away from heat sources.
  • Do not burn wrapping paper or other packaging in the fireplace.
  • Candles should only be used under adult supervision and kept out of reach of children.
  • They should be placed where they cannot easily be knocked over. Candles should never be left unattended.

CHRISTMAS TREES:

  • A live tree should be watered daily and only used until it dries out, usually two weeks or less.
  • If using an artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS:

  • Check lights for frayed wires, bare spots, broken or cracked parts, or excessive wear, and follow all instructions that accompany holiday lights.
  • Never leave holiday lights on unattended and check frequently to ensure they are not becoming too hot.
  • Keep all cords out of reach of children. When using lights outdoors, make sure the lights have been certified for outdoor use.


SAFETY REMINDERS - NO MATTER WHAT THE SEASON, MAKE SURE ALL HOME HEATING EQUIPMENT AND SMOKE ALARMS ARE WORKING PROPERLY!

6 Dec

Winter Weather Driving

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It's that time of the year again when driving can be treacherous. Many accidents could be avoided if drivers took time to learn and practice these tips for driving safely during snowy and icy conditions.

Perhaps the deadliest danger of all is "black ice." Black ice is ice which forms on a roadway, usually due to snow melting and re-freezing. Since it is almost invisible, drivers fail to recognize black ice conditions and may drive at normal speeds-often resulting in very serious accidents. Always be alert to the possibility of black ice when temperatures are near or below freezing. Pavement that looks dry but appears darker in color and dull-looking should alert you to the presence of black ice.

Failing to allow yourself enough time to stop is a major cause of winter driving accidents. During slippery conditions stopping distances can triple. Driving at a slower speed, anticipating stops at traffic lights and intersections, and applying brakes sooner than normal will help ensure accident-free stops.

Acceleration, turning, and passing also present dangers during winter. Again, leave extra space between yourself and other vehicles so there's room to maneuver in case something goes wrong. During a skid, steer cautiously in the direction you want the car to go. REMEMBER KEEP YOUR WINDOWS CLEAR.

The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. Don't go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared and that you know how to handle road conditions.

Safe Driving Tips For This Winter

  • Bridges and overpasses freeze first, so always slow down and avoid sudden changes in speed or direction.

  • To make antilock brakes work correctly, apply constant, firm pressure to the pedal. During an emergency stop, push the brake pedal all the way to the floor, if necessary, even in wet or icy conditions.

  • If you get stuck, do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper. Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way. Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out. Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car and wheels, to help get traction. Try rocking the vehicle by slowly shifting from forward to reverse, and back again. - In addition, if you are driving long distances under cold, snowy, and icy conditions, you should also carry supplies to keep you warm such as heavy woolen mittens, socks, a cap and blankets.

  • If you become stranded, do not leave your car unless you know exactly where you are, how far it is to possible help, and are certain you will improve your situation.
    • To attract attention, light two flares and place one at each end of the car a safe distance away. Hang a brightly colored cloth from your antenna.
    • If you are sure the car's exhaust pipe is not blocked, run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes every hour or so depending upon the amount of gas in the tank.
    • Keep at least one window open slightly as heavy snow and ice can seal a car shut.

SAFETY REMINDERS - BAD WEATHER DOESN'T CAUSE ACCIDENTS, BAD DRIVING DOES.

27 Nov

Be The Example

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Setting a good example is not a "put-on". It's simply working safety into your daily routine at home and on the job. When we all work safely, everyone's job is safe and their future more secure.

New employees certainly benefit by seeing operations conducted the safe way. As you all know from experience, people new on the job take a while to adjust and to discover who they are in the overall set-up of the plant. 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. We'll attempt to give it to them, but naturally, they also observe and seek advice and information from fellow workers. These early impressions of you and of safety operations will be at least partially formed through these contacts and observations.

On the other hand, newcomers formerly employed by a firm that emphasized safety will probably think more of you personally if you measure up to the caliber of people they are accustomed to working with.

"Don't do as I do; do as I say" is a pretty tired expression, and it got tired because we all have repeated it many times not just verbally but through our actions; and actions speak louder than words. When we leave our safety glasses resting on our foreheads rather than in place over our eyes, or when we kick an empty milk carton under a bench rather than pick it up, we're selling safety but it's a useless soft sell. Our actions are saying, "I believe in wearing eye protection but not in protecting my eyes; and I know trash can cause a tripping accident, but it isn't important enough to make me pick it up."

There's another angle to setting good examples. Too often people dress to impress others with their good taste rather than their knowledge of safety. Wearing rings, bracelets, and other ornaments is dangerous around machinery and in many other jobs where it's possible for jewelry to be caught by moving parts of machinery, thus cause injury to the wearer. Long sleeves, floppy pant legs, and long hair can be hazardous on some jobs, too.

So we should always dress for the job. Our image as a fashion expert may suffer, but it will give way to the more important and more beneficial image of safety.

Maybe some of us feel we are already setting good examples for safety, but maybe this self-image isn't too accurate. Think just for a moment isn’t it strange that we always think about having the nice things happen to us and when we think about an accident, it's usually happening to someone else?

Accidents are a reality. Make your personal safety just as real and you'll have a good chance of not becoming the other person to whom accidents are always happening.

We also might remember that our children someday will be entering the work force. And they, like the newcomer on the job, can benefit by our actions that exemplify safety consciousness.

Most of us try to demonstrate to our kids how to cross streets or how to light matches when they're of age. If, through the years, your kids learn from you how to use a ladder correctly, or that it's good practice to keep tools in their proper places or that there's a right way to lift things, you've given them an additional opportunity for the better life the future promises.

20 Nov

Thanksgiving Safety

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Thanksgiving Day has more than double the number of home cooking fires than an average day according to the U.S. Fire Administration. In fact, each year more than 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day.

"Unattended cooking is the leading cause of Thanksgiving Day home fires, and it's easy to understand why," said Red Cross preparedness expert Heidi Taylor. "People can easily become distracted and lose track of what's happening in the kitchen when they are enjoying spending time with family and friends."

To help prevent home fires this Thanksgiving, the Red Cross suggests the following tips:

  • Keep potholders and food wrappers at least three feet away from heat sources while cooking
  • Wear tighter fitting clothing with shorter sleeves when cooking
  • Make sure all stoves, ovens, and ranges have been turned off when you leave the kitchen
  • Set timers to keep track of turkeys and other food items that require extended cooking times
  • Turn handles of pots and pans on the stove inward to avoid accidents
  • After guests leave, designate a responsible adult to walk around the home making sure that all candles and smoking materials are extinguished

Even with the best preparation and precautions, accidents can happen. Thanksgiving is high time for cooking related burns. Minor burns can be treated easily if you remember to save the butter for the rolls and not a burn. For a superficial burn, cool the area by running it under cold water until the heat eases and then loosely cover the burn with a sterile dressing.

Courtesy American Red Cross

13 Nov

Fall Protection

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Fall Protection Barrier Systems

Controlled access zones and their use (Only for leading edge, precast concrete erection work, and steel erection activities) shall conform to the following provisions.

  • When used to control access to areas where leading edge and other operations are taking place the controlled access zone shall be defined by a control line or by any other means that restricts access.
    • When control lines are used, they shall be erected not less than 6 feet nor more than 25 feet from the unprotected or leading edge, except when erecting precast concrete members.
    • When erecting precast concrete members, the control line shall be erected not less than 6 feet nor more than 60 feet or half the length of the member being erected, whichever is less, from the leading edge.
    • The control line shall extend along the entire length of the unprotected or leading edge and shall be approximately parallel to the unprotected or leading edge.
    • The control line shall be connected on each side to a guardrail system or wall.
  • Control lines shall consist of ropes, wires, tapes, or equivalent materials, and supporting stanchions as follows:
    • Each line shall be flagged or otherwise clearly marked at not more than 6-foot intervals with high-visibility material.
    • Each line shall be rigged and supported in such a way that its lowest point (including sag) is not less than 39 inches from the walking/working surface and its highest point is not more than 45 inches from the walking/working surface.
    • Each line shall have a minimum breaking strength of 200 pounds.
  • Covers for holes in floors, roofs, and other walking/working surfaces shall meet the following requirements:
    • A hole is any opening greater that 2” in it smallest direction. All Holes must be covered or protected with guardrails and toe boards.
    • Covers located in roadways and vehicular aisles shall be
      capable of supporting, without failure, at least twice the maximum axle load of the largest vehicle expected to cross over the cover.
    • All other covers shall be capable of supporting, without failure, at least twice the weight of employees, equipment, and materials that may be imposed on the cover at any one time.
    • All covers shall be secured when installed so as to prevent accidental displacement by the wind, equipment, or employees.
    • All covers shall be color coded or they shall be marked with the word "HOLE" or "COVER" to provide warning of the hazard.




SAFETY REMINDERS- FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT AN APPROPRIATE SYSTEM IS GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE DISCIPLINARY ACTION INCLUDING DISMISSAL FROM THE SITE.


6 Nov

Winter Weather Hazards

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The mention of winter evokes images of sparkling snowflakes and skaters gracefully gliding across the ice. But winter can also be a time of illness and injury, if people fail to take adequate health and safety precautions.

Colds

More than 100 viruses can cause colds, the world's most common illness, so few people escape being exposed to at least one of them. In the United States, most people average about three colds every year.
Once it enters the body through the nose or throat, the cold virus begins to multiply, causing any of a number of symptoms: sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, aches and pains, mild fever, nasal congestion and coughing. A cold usually lasts a week or two.
The best way to treat a cold is to take a mild pain reliever, avoid unnecessary activity, get as much bed rest as possible and drink plenty of fluids, especially fruit juices. Over-the-counter cough and cold remedies may relieve some of the symptoms, but they will not prevent, cure or even shorten the course of the illness.
While there is no vaccine to protect you from catching a cold, there are ways to lessen your chances of coming down with the illness. Keep up your natural resistance through good nutrition and getting enough sleep and exercise. Turn your thermostat down and keep the humidity up in your home. Dry air dries out the
mucous membranes in your nose and throat and causes them to crack, creating a place where cold viruses can enter your body. Avoid direct contact with those who have colds and wash your hands frequently.


Influenza

A contagious respiratory infection, influenza is not a serious health threat for most people. However, for the elderly or those who have a chronic health problem, influenza can result in serious complications, such as pneumonia.
Symptoms of the flu usually develop suddenly, about three days after being exposed to the virus. They include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, and soreness and aching in the back, arms and legs. Although these are similar to those caused by cold viruses, flu symptoms tend to be more severe and to last longer. Abdominal cramps, vomiting or diarrhea symptoms of what is commonly called stomach or intestinal flu do not accompany influenza.
The flu is highly contagious and, if it occurs in your family or community, there is no practical way to avoid exposure to the virus. Bed rest, a mild pain reliever and lots of fluids are the best treatment. (Caution: Unless
advised by a physician, a child or teenager with a flu-like illness should not take aspirin. Its use in the presence of a flu infection is linked with an increased risk of Reye syndrome. Instead use another mild pain
reliever that does not contain aspirin.) Antibiotics are not effective against flu viruses.
Flu vaccines, while not always effective in preventing the illness, do reduce the severity of the symptoms and protect against complications that could develop. The shots are strongly recommended for persons 65 years of age and older and those who suffer from such chronic health problems as heart disease, respiratory problems, renal disease, diabetes, anemia or any disease that weakens the body's immune system. Infants, children and young people up to 18 years of age who are receiving long-term treatment with aspirin should also get a flu shot. Persons allergic to eggs or who have a high fever, however, should avoid or postpone getting a flu shot.
Because influenza vaccine is only effective for one year and viruses vary from year to year, it is necessary to get a flu shot every year. In Illinois, the flu season usually begins in November and lasts until around the middle of April. If you plan to get a flu shot do so early since it takes about two weeks to develop full immunity. However, even a shot in January may protect against a late winter outbreak.


Hypothermia

Hypothermia a drop in body temperature to 95 degrees or less can be fatal if not detected promptly and treated properly. In the United States, about 700 deaths occur each year from hypothermia.
While hypothermia can happen to anyone, the elderly run the highest risk because their bodies often do not adjust to changes in temperature quickly and they may be unaware that they are gradually getting colder.
The condition usually develops over a period of time, anywhere from a few days to several weeks, and even mildly cool indoor temperatures of 60 to 65 degrees can trigger it. If you have elderly relatives or friends who live alone, encourage them to set their thermostats above 65 degrees to avoid hypothermia.
When the body temperature drops, the blood vessels near the surface of the body narrow to reduce heat loss. Muscles begin to tighten to make heat. If the body temperature continues to drop, the person will begin to shiver. The shivering continues until the temperature drops to about 90 degrees. Temperatures below 90 degrees create a life-threatening situation.
Signs of hypothermia include forgetfulness, drowsiness, slurred speech, change in appearance (e.g., puffy face), weak pulse, slow heartbeat, and very slow and shallow breathing. If the body temperature drops to or below 86 degrees, a person may slip into a coma or have a death-like appearance.
If you notice these symptoms in a person, take his or her temperature. If it is 95 degrees or below, call a doctor or ambulance or take the victim directly to a hospital. To prevent further heat loss, wrap the patient in
a warm blanket. A hot water bottle or electric heating pad (set on low) can by applied to the person's stomach. If the victim is alert, give small quantities of warm food or drink.
There are several things you should not do to a hypothermia victim. Do not give alcoholic beverages. Do not give a hot shower or bath, since it could cause shock. Generally, do not try to treat hypothermia at home. The condition should be treated in a hospital.


Frostbite

The parts of the body most affected by frostbite are exposed areas of the face (cheeks, nose, chin, forehead), the ears, wrists, hands and feet. Frostbitten skin is whitish and stiff and feels numb rather than
painful. When spending time outdoors during cold weather, be alert for signs of frostbite and, if you notice any, take immediate action.
To treat frostbite, warm the affected part of the body gradually. Wrap the area in blankets, sweaters, coats, etc. If no warm wrappings are available, place frostbitten hands under the armpits or use your body to cover the affected area. Seek medical attention immediately.
Do not rub frostbitten areas; the friction can damage the tissue. Do not apply snow to frostbitten areas. Because its temperature is below freezing, snow will aggravate the condition.

On October 4, 2017, friends and benefactors of Summa Health gathered on the top level of the Adolph Street parking garage for the Rooftop Rendezvous, an exclusive, invitation-only event, to view progress on the construction of the West Tower on the health system’s Akron Campus.  Donley’s-Shook, a partnership between Donley’s Inc. and Shook Construction, is building the West Tower, the centerpiece of the health system’s investment in the health of the community.  Representatives from Donley’s-Shook were on hand to give personal tours of the construction site.  Colleen O’Connor, a Summa Health donor and employee, was among the special guests at the event.  Don Dreier and Rachel Lanyi gave Colleen her own private tour. Susie Chaplin,  who has training in sign language, used her communication skills to make the event even more special for Colleen.  Jessie Muhic and Kelsey Greco also served as tour guides. The successful event was a memorable one for all guests, especially those who had never before set foot on a construction site. Thank you, Summa Health, for allowing Donley’s-Shook to be a part of such a special day.

PRE INSPECTION USE (DONE BEFORE EVERY USE):

  • Damaged or cracked housing, power source, or bits/accessories
  • Dull blades are often more dangerous than sharp blades
  • Missing guards or protective devices
  • Leaking gasoline, oil or other fluids
  • Tool appears to be in poor condition
  • Does the tool have a 3 wire cord, if not is it double insulated?
  • Ensure area is free of any potential trip hazards
  • Do not underestimate the importance of a clean work area


Plug Not Rated For Outdoor Use.
Not Water Tight.


PROPER USE:
In construction portable power tools with defective wiring cause many injuries.
The following safe practices will help to make sure you stay safe:

  • Ensure you are wearing the correct PPE
  • You should always wear eye protection
  • Use the proper tool for the job
  • Use tools with three wire plug and make sure connections are tight.
  • Disconnect tool before making adjustments or repairs.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions
  • If unsure about use, ask a supervisor or coworker
  • Insure tools are not pointed at or operated in close proximity to other individuals
  • Use spark resistant tools when working near a fuel source
  • Do not use excessive force to cut/drill through hard materials
  • Never place your hand behind the material you are working on when the tool could push through.
  • Gasoline/Mixed Fuel Powered Tools must be off and cool when re-fueled, use only in well ventilated areas.

REMINDER - INSPECT YOUR TOOLS BEFORE USING THEM!