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17 May

Keeping Hydrated

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We've all experienced it at some point when working hard or playing hard – fatigue sets in, your mouth feels dry and your legs are heavy and maybe you even get a headache. These are all common signs of dehydration.

When you are working hard, body fluid is lost through sweat. If the fluid lost through sweat is not replaced, dehydration and early fatigue are unavoidable. Losing even 2% of body fluids (less than 3.5 pounds in a 180-pound person) can impair performance by increasing fatigue and affecting cognitive skills. During the summer heat it's easy for to become dehydrated if you don't drink enough fluids to replace what is lost in sweat. But it is equally important to understand that dehydration even happens during the winter, because you don’t feel like you are sweating. 

However, dehydration can easily be prevented
When to drink: Ensure you drink before you start working, trying to catch-up for lost fluids after a period of time is very difficult. Also, drink before you get thirsty. By the time you're thirsty you are already dehydrated, so it's important to drink at regular intervals – especially when it is hot outside.
What to drink: Water is truly one of the best things to drink. Research also shows that a lightly
flavored beverage with a small amount of sodium encourages people to drink enough to stay hydrated. The combination of flavor and electrolytes in a sports drink like Gatorade provides one of the best choices to help you stay properly hydrated.
What not to drink: During activity, avoid drinks with high sugar content such as soda and even fruit juices. These are slow to absorb into the body. Also alcohol and caffeinated beverages should be avoided.

Many people ask how much to drink and that truly depends on your activity level and how much your body is losing fluids. In general, when you are working and sweating, you should drink at least every half-hour. Ensure you are drinking enough to replace your lost fluids. A good rule of thumb from a wise man says: “if you aren’t urinating, you’re not drinking enough.

Next week, Donley's will embark on a 21 week educational and training campaign, promoting not only OSHA Standards related to Fall Protection but also best practices as they relate to our industry. Our goal is to raise awareness of preventing fall protection hazards by engaging our team members through targeted, task specific, hands-on training. Through this, we hope to bring Fall Protection to the forefront, understanding that even today it continues to be the leading cause of construction site fatalities, as well as being among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA Standards. The Fall Prevention Campaign will be in effect from May 2nd - September 30th, 2016. The first week (May 2nd - 6th), the Campaign will coincide with OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction.
Progress shot of our work at the UVA Health System Education Resource Center (ERC) in Charlottesville, VA. . A joint venture between Donley’s and McCarthy, the ERC will provide much-needed lecture space and a procedural simulation center for residents and fellows in all departments.

Did you know that as an employee, you have a Right to Know about the hazardous materials used in your work area and the potential effects of these materials upon your health and safety? In fact, every company which produces and uses hazardous materials must provide their employees with information and training on the proper handling and use of these materials.  

Below are some key terms used in OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard and some terms used to control both physical and health hazards.

Materials Inventory: A list of the hazardous materials present in your work area. 
Material Safety Data Sheets:  A detailed description of each hazardous material listed in the Materials Inventory. 
Labeling: Containers of hazardous materials must have labels which identify the material and warn of its potential hazard to employees. 
Training: All employees must be trained to identify and work safely with hazardous materials. 

In order to tie all the above together, a written program must be developed.
Product Substitution: Because many chemicals do similar jobs, it is important to select chemicals that do a good job, while being less toxic. 
Engineering Controls: Well designed work areas minimize exposure to materials which are hazardous. Examples of engineering controls would include exhaust systems and wetting systems to control dust. 
Safe Work Practices: Safe work practices will insure that chemicals are used correctly and safely. 
Personal Protective Equipment: Masks, eye protection, gloves, aprons, and other protective equipment and clothing are designed to protect you while you work. 
Training and Communication: Knowing how to work safely with chemicals that pose a hazard is an important activity. You have a right to know, but you also have a responsibility to use the knowledge and skills to work safely. 
Environmental Monitoring: Industrial hygiene personnel regularly sample the air and collect other samples to insure that hazardous chemicals do not exceed established acceptable exposure limits. 
Personal Monitoring: Monitor yourself and others. Be on the lookout for any physical symptoms which would indicate that you or your coworkers have been overexposed to any hazardous chemical. Symptoms, such as skin rashes, dizziness, eye or throat irritations or strong odors, should be reported to your supervisor. 

Rich Reese is a Regional Safety Manager for Donley's.  Learn more about Donley's safety program.

If you are a parent, uncle or aunt, brother or sister, you have, most likely, encountered moments to teach safety to young children. For example, looking both ways when crossing the street or enforcing the use of a bike helmet when out riding a bike, scooter, or roller blades. Then, as our children mature, those safety opportunities turn into teaching the correct way to use a knife, power tools, or even a ladder. Finally, our children will some day enter the work force, and like any newcomer to the job,  will benefit from our willingness to lead safety through example.

So what exactly is leading safety through example? It's simply placing safety as the priority when working at home or on the
job. When we all work safely, new employees benefit by seeing operations conducted the safe way and will pass this knowledge along to other employees. 

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. Here at Donley's, our Safe-D program gives our employees the tools and skills to work safely; the shared mind set that safety is everyone's responsibility is reinforced through the observation of fellow co-workers.  There is no doubt that early impressions are lasting impressions.  

So remember, the next time you find your safety glasses resting on your forehead rather than in place over your eyes, someone is watching you lead. When an empty water bottle is just kicked around the site rather than being placed in a trash can, someone is observing your commitment to safety. Let your actions say, "I believe in wearing eye protection so that I can see the sun rise tomorrow. I know trash can cause a tripping accident, and I care about my co-workers safety."

Accidents are a reality. Become the kind of leader that teaches safety through example and set in motion a safer future for all.

Todd Jenkins is the Regional Safety Manager for Donley's, LLC. 
Learn more about Donley's safety program.
Sometimes it can sound like a broken record, but at Donley’s, people really do come first.  As we celebrate our 75th year in business, we are reminded of all the great individuals and families that have impacted the success of our business.  Over the years, we have witnessed many members of our extended Donley’s family greatly affected by cancer.  To lose a loved one, friend, neighbor, coworker to cancer is devastating. Precious lives end all too soon to this disease, and often medical professionals have little control over the cancer progression.
In Northeast Ohio, we are fortunate to be home to The Cleveland Clinic which is ranked one of the top 10 cancer centers in the nation. This summer, Donley’s will be participating as a Pedal Partner for the second year in the VeloSano Bike Race, held July 29-31, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio.  VeloSano is an annual fundraising race where proceeds are raised for cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic. Unfortunately, cancer cases increase each year, and in some way or another, have impacted most of us.
As part of our year-long 75th anniversary celebration, we have decided to dedicate the month of July to community service. Please help support our VeloSano team, as a rider or volunteer.  Please take a moment, visit the Velosano website to learn more about this event.
We are excited about the opportunity to grow our team— called CASE HEC— and its impact on this great cause. Check out the link to our team page here.

1. Rider- choose one of the five races, and commit to fundraising and biking in that particular race.
2. Virtual Rider- the “No Bike Required” way to fundraise(may be a great option for those who don’t wish to ride)
3. Race Volunteer- hundreds of volunteers are needed to help make this a successful event(may be a great option for those who don’t wish to ride)
Statistics from last year’s event can be found in the 2015 Annual Report (annual report.pdf). Further information on this year’s ride is found in Race Choices (facts.pdf).

We hope you’ll join us in the fight against cancer!

Guardrails serve to protect against falls that can seriously injure or even kill, but the amount of protection guardrails provide depends on how they are constructed and maintained. 

Most guardrails are built of strong materials and are usually fairly solid when first constructed. However, guardrails are often abused, weakened, broken, and removed without being replaced. Weakened guardrails are sometimes more dangerous than no guardrails at all because they give a false sense of security.

3 Ways to Engage in Guardrail Failure Prevention
  1. Fix It. If you discover a weakened or missing rail section, upright or toe board, correct the situation if you can. 
  2. Report it. If you can’t immediately correct the situation, report it to someone who can so that the hazard can be eliminated
  3. Check It. If you bump a rail with material or equipment, check back to see if it is weakened and then fix or report any needed repairs.

You can help keep you and your co-workers safe by getting into the habit of checking guardrails. Finally, use caution when repairing or replacing guardrails, as you are exposed to the very danger that you are trying to protect against.

William Powell III, or Billy as he as known to most, is a Regional Safety Manager for Donley's, Inc. 
Learn more about Donley's safety program.

Cleveland Clinic's new 105th Street parking deck is a 9 level, 3,000 space deck and will serve as an icon and introduction to the Clinic's main campus at its southern portal. 


Donley's Concrete crews, along with the entire team, including the Clinic studied the book, The Toyota Way to learn how Toyota integrates lean principles as they strive for continuous improvement.  In addition, Morning Huddles with all crew foremen from all trades take place each day prior to the start of work.  Safety issues and concerns are discussed first, then expected deliveries, crane usage, individual crew activities, and finally, any information required from the management or design team.  

First Run Studies have been conducted by Donley's Concrete team members prior to building major elements such as decks decks or core walls.  It is in these studies that the crew foremen, superintendent, project manager, project engineers, and suppliers and other subs discuss safety and equipment requirements, review the formwork drawings, reinforcing drawings, and discuss means and methods of construction.  This session flushes out many questions and concerns prior to work commencing. 

The project is on schedule for completion in the 4th quarter of 2016.

Getting to and from work platforms is important to both job site safety and work production. Donley's recommends these work practices to ensure safe access and egress to and from wall form work platforms, regardless if the form is a gang form or a handset system.

  1. Once the wall form work platform is constructed, ladders or other approved methods such as ramps, stairways, or the building floor must be used to access it. If the elevation change is greater than 19" when stepping from the floor to the work platform, install a step for safe access.
  2. Workers are not permitted to climb the form or rebar to gain access to a wall form work platform. It makes no difference that a worker is tied-off during the climbing process. The hazard with 100% tie-off while climbing the form to access a work platform involves the positions workers are in as they attempt to climb on and off the work platform. In addition, the vertical form itself does not have the same climbing characteristics as a ladder.
  3. Climbing the vertical face of the wall form is permitted only when work is performed on the form (i.e., when installing or removing taper-ties). There is normally no other way to accomplish these work tasks. However, in the case of accessing work platforms, other methods are available. Make sure walls are braced before climbing.
  4. When performing work off a work platform, fall protection is required if your feet are 6' or more above a lower level. This is typically provided through the use of guardrails on the back side of the working platform and ensuring the platform is at least 39" below the top of the form. If this is not feasible, there are a few options available:
    • Install a 2nd working platform, complete with guardrails, on the opposite side of the wall form.
    • Install a guardrail system at the standard 21" (midrail) and 42" (top rail) heights on the opposite side of the wall form.
    • Practice 100% fall protection using retractable lanyards. (This is the last resort to be used only if nothing else is feasible.) Anchorage point for 6' shock absorbing lanyards must be 18.5' from the lower level and 14.5' for retractable lanyards.
  5. Falling onto rebar is a serious hazard as well. When working over rebar, the rebar must be protected. Wood or metal reinforced plastic rebar caps must be used. Standard plastic rebar caps that are not reinforced are not approved protection.

Javier Pabon is a Regional Safety Manager for Donley's Concrete Group. 
Learn more about Donley's safety program.