Furthering its mission to "provide greater access for patients, and catalyze the transformation from acute cate to comprehensive care," MetroHealth broke ground this morning on its new Brecksville Health Center. (See photo below.)
Assisting MetroHealth in realizing it's vision, Donley's, along with MBE and EDGE-certified partner G. Stephens Inc., has been selected by MetroHealth to provide CM at Risk services on this new 60,000 sq ft. comprehensive ambulatory and health center. The facility will include: medical office space, lab spaces, a retail pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy, imaging services, an emergency department, and an ambulatory surgery center and is scheduled to be completed by July 2016.
Serving MetroHealth is our project team comprised of Jay Waddell, LEED AP - Senior Project Manager; Tim Carter, GA/C - Project Superintendent; Mary Beth Ianiro - Assistant Superintendent; John Rivera, GA/C - Lead Project Engineer; Minyon Patton, Project Engineer (GSI); and William Powell III, CHST - Regional Safety Director. Furthermore, we are delighted to once again collaborate with Perspectus Architecture and CBLH Design who are providing professional design services on this fast-track project.
There is a significant opportunity to reduce job-related injuries by as much as 90% and most of us aren’t even aware of it. And, it is surprisingly simple to do and takes very little time. What is this hidden gem of safety? It’s called a Refocus Reset and it takes all of four seconds to complete.
First instituted on CN Rail, the Refocus Reset was part of a strategy to reduce the number of serious incidents—including many amputation injuries—they were experiencing. Upon further examination,CN Rail found that their employees were well-versed in safety rules and procedures, but were simply not focused on the task at hand. Even well-rested employees got caught up in the routine of the day and when performing familiar activities found themselves daydreaming or thinking about other things. You see, with routine tasks, it is usually not the task itself but some small thing you did not anticipate that causes an incident. Perhaps you did not notice the debris in front of the tool you were going to pick up. Or perhaps you did not notice somebody placed something on the part you were about to pick up.
It is easy to imagine the different activities we do every day and how easy it would be to apply a Refocus Reset. For example, getting in a forklift and having a quick look around. In those few seconds, we change our thinking from where we are going to focusing on the area, road conditions, other vehicles, etc. In other words, we refocus our attention.
Seriously, all it takes is four seconds to reduce your chance of injury. We encourage you to make it a habit to Refocus Reset before starting your next task.
Simply stated, unguarded protruding steel reinforcing bars are a serious construction site hazard. Even if you just stumble onto an unguarded rebar you can impale yourself, resulting in serious internal injuries or death. Minimize this danger by guarding all protruding ends of steel rebar with rebar caps or wooden troughs, or bend rebar so exposed ends are no longer upright.
It may take a little more time to cap each bar, but isn’t that time well spent compared to the time spent recovering from an impalement injury? Furthermore, OSHA Standards requires that rebar "be guarded to eliminate the hazard of impalement."
Despite OSHA’s requirement, it’s important to be aware that not all guards provide that level of protection. In fact, in some circumstances, the force of a fall can cause rebar to push clear through a plastic cap and still cause impalement. Fall protection/prevention equipment is the first line of defense when employees are working at any height above exposed rebar, but you must still have the rebar guarded to minimize the risk of injury.
Exposed, unguarded rebar is a serious job site hazard and can cause significant bodily harm. Take the time to minimize the opportunity for an injury to occur and cap ‘em!
In construction, portable power tools are used every day and can present their own set of dangers. Minimize potential safety issues by making it a habit to start with a tool inspection before you plug in.
- Does the tool have a damaged or cracked housing, power source, or bits/accessories?
- Does the tool have a dull blade? Dull blades are often more dangerous than sharp blades.
- Are there missing guards or protective devices?
- Is the unit leaking gasoline, oil, or other fluids?
- Does the tool appear to be in poor condition?
- Does the tool have a 3 wire cord, if not is it double insulated?
- Are there any potential tripping hazards in the work area?
- Is the work area clean?
Follow the inspection with these twelve best safety practices to ensure you stay safe during tool operation:
- Ensure you are wearing the correct PPE
- You should always wear eye protection
- Use the proper tool for the job
- Use tools with a 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 Fuedl powered tools must be off and cool when re-fueled, use only in well ventilated areas
Where is the nearest fire extinguisher to you right now? Where is the closest portable fire extinguisher at your normal work area?
In case of a fire, knowing the answers to these two questions is very important because we all know that every second counts.
What is even more important, however, is the answer to this question, "Is the fire extinguisher ready for use?" Do YOU know if your unit is ready for use? If you can answer yes to these six questions… great! If you answer no or I don’t know to any of them, then it’s time for a fire extinguisher inspection.
- Is the extinguisher charged fully?
- Is it damaged?
- Is it the proper type extinguisher for the hazards in your area?
- Is the unit hung properly?
- Is it blocked?
- Has it been hydrostatically tested in the past 5-12 years?
So, just how important is an inspection? It can be a matter of life or death:
A man was killed when he used a portable fire extinguisher to put out a small fire. Corrosion on the bottom of the fire extinguisher was serious enough that the extinguisher case ruptured when activated. The parts struck the employee in the chest causing his death.
A similar incident occurred in 1988. This fire extinguisher had a rubber boot or cap to protect the bottom of the cylinder case. Moisture had seeped in between the rubber and outside cylinder wall and caused the cylinder to corrode inside the boot. Over time, this corrosion weakened the cylinder and it ruptured when the internal CO2 cylinder was activated. Other extinguishers of this type have been found to have the same type of corrosion underneath the rubber boot.
In-depth inspection and testing of fire extinguishers are critical. Especially if your fire extinguishers have rubber or plastic boots or caps and are located in potentially corrosive environments such as:
- Outside, unprotected from the weather
- Wet or damp environments
- Near marine facilities or other waterfront buildings, especially those located near salt water
Fire extinguishers should be inspected at least once per month. There are companies that provide this type of service and a quick internet search will find those in your area. However, we believe that safety is everyone’s responsibility, so we encourage you to take a look at the extinguisher in your work area. Let someone know if you see signs that it is damaged or uncharged so it can be taken out of service and a replacement installed.
One more thing… safety is 24/7 so don’t forget the fire extinguisher at home. It should be inspected too.
CONGRATULATIONS to ERIC COX on his promotion to Project Executive for Donley’s Concrete Group. In this role, Eric will provide leadership and oversight throughout the life cycle—preconstruction through project close out—of assigned projects. Through the years, Eric has added tremendous value to Donley’s Concrete Group by way of solid project management, building relationships with key clients, and developing/training several key team members. According to Senior Vice President of Concrete Operations, Mike Dilley, “Eric is an exceptional representative of Donley’s and upholds a client first approach, even when confronted with difficult situations…”
CONGRATULATIONS also go to STEVE HAMILTON on his promotion to Project Controls Manager for Donley’s Concrete Group. Mike Dilley states that, “Steve is exceptionally organized, professional, and process driven, which aligns nicely for his next challenge at Donley’s.” In his role as Project Controls Manager, Steve will be responsible for providing support in preconstruction, contract management, G&A and revenue forecasting, personnel utilization, and strategic planning for the Raleigh-based Donley’s Concrete Group.
Consisting of supporting stanchions and ropes, wires, tapes, or other equivalent material, controlled access zones are used on construction sites to limit access to areas where leading edge and other operations are taking place. Know these seven rules to ensure your controlled access zone is constructed correctly.
- 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.
- 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.
Tinkham Veale University Center Shows How Innovation and Sustainability Can Help Control Interior Temperatures
Planned as a pass-through building that serves as a connector to all other points on the Case Western Reserve University campus, the 89,000 sq. ft. Tinkham Veale University Center provides students a 24/7 gathering place, a home for student organizations, as well as a state-of-the art gathering space for community events. With input from students on the design, the two-story building is a mix of horizontal, wedge-like shapes that stretch in three directions.
With such a unique footprint, maintaining temperatures in smaller spaces such as offices and classrooms, as well as in large open spaces such as the ballroom, dining area, and gathering spaces was a considerable project challenge. To conquer this challenge, innovative and sustainable construction practices were implemented.
- Built 90% to completion in United Glass's Canton, Ohio facility, the prefabricated, double-paned energy-efficient windows boast better quality as the windows were assembled in a controlled environment. Better quality means better protection against seasonal temperatures.
- The double curtainwall glass provides ongoing energy savings with its passive air system. Pulling air from outside through the curtainwall, a 3' buffer to heat and cool air is created and helps maintain interior air temperatures which reduces the amount of energy used to heat or cool the building.
- To install the glass curtainwall, giant trusses were first set, then the tension cables between them were torqued in a certain sequence to provide the proper tension and airtight seal needed.
- A chilled beam system provides cooler temperatures to individual office spaces. Resembling a light fixture, the air in the office is cooled, rather than having cool air travel through duct work to reach the office space.
- A full epoxy mesh underlayment, along with more expansion joints in the terrazzo, provided a custom solution to mitigate the differences between the terrazzo floor and radiant heat tubing system expansion and contraction tolerances.
- A fully-automated, solar-intelligent shade system known as the MechoShade System helps maintain interior temperatures. A unit on the roof measures the sun and automatically adjusts the shades throughout the day.
Tinkham Veale University Center is a 2014 Build Ohio Winner through the AGC of Ohio. Criteria for the award included meeting the challenge of a difficult job, excellence in client service, excellence in project management, and innovations in construction techniques/materials.