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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.
Utilize Donley's 75 years of concrete experience to build your next parking deck.

Our construction services include construction management, design/build, IPD, and general contracting delivery systems. 

Donley's Concrete Group's self-performance maximizes control over safety, quality, schedule, and cost. 

Donley's Restoration Group provides ongoing maintenance, repair, and retrofit solutions for parking deck structures.

Let Donley's Parking Deck Planner help you determine the cost of your deck. This interactive tool will help you define exactly what is needed for your new parking facility, including:
  • General requirements (number of spaces, number of floors, size of site)
  • Structural systems (precast, cast-in-place, steel)
  • Architectural (brick finish, formalizer, etc)
  • Site challenges
To request a password to our Parking Deck Planner tool, please contact Jeff Dentzer at

Our third and final post in our It’s Electrifying series focuses on electrical cord maintenance. Follow these inspection tips to ensure electrical cords are safe to use.

  • Only 3-prong extension cords with correct rating may be used. 
  • Check your cords rating AND the equipment’s amps to ensure the cord is compatible with the equipment.

  • Tools and cords should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure everyone’s safety. Questions to ask during inspection include:

    1. Is there any insulation showing?
    2. Is there any twisting of the wire inside the extension cord?
    3. Is there proper strain relief?
    4. Is the cord wired correctly?

  • Damaged cords or cords showing insulation should be removed from service and tagged, “DO NOT USE” 
  • Tools or cords tagged "DO NOT USE" should be repaired or disposed of immediately.
  • Flexible cords should always be used in continuous lengths without splicing or taping. This means NO ELECTRICAL TAPE should ever be used to splice two lengths together
  • Hard service flexible cords No. 12 or larger may be repaired, if repaired by a designated Competent Person and the cord is repaired back to original quality.

Taking a few extra moments to inspect the cords on your job site or at home may just save a life.

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.

With electricity, we are dealing with something that cannot be seen but can be very destructive if the proper precautions are not taken. The danger is always there so it is important to know the basics of protection in order to eliminate the hazards. The rules listed here apply to electrical installations used on a construction site--both temporary and permanent--but can easily be applied to home use as well.

  • Extension cords used with portable electrical tools and appliances shall be of three-wire types. Grounds are never to be removed from the extension cords.
  • Temporary lights shall be equipped with guards to prevent accidental contact with the bulb. Guards are not required when the reflector is constructed in such a way that the bulb is deeply recessed.
  • Temporary lights shall not be suspended by their electric cords unless cords and lights are designed for this means of suspension.
  • Splices shall have insulation equal to that of the cable. NO TAPE!
  • Electrical and extension cords or cables are not to be laid on floors, in walkways, etc., unless it is impractical to do otherwise. They should be suspended or secured in such a way as not to block or hang in walkways, doorways or work areas.
  • Panel boxes shall have a cover on them at all times, except when being serviced and when a temporary cover is in place it should be marked "HOT" to denote live current.





  • Before using make a safety check for loose cable connections, bare wires, cracked outlets and missing or damaged face plates.
  • During use, be sure plug fits firmly and check for any signs of heating caused by faulty connections.
  • When finished, grab the plug to remove. Yanking a cord from an outlet can:
    • Break cord insulation and wires
    • Pull loose wire connections
    • Bend plug prongs
    • Spread clips inside outlets 



Rich Reese is a Regional Safety Manager for Donley's, Inc. 

Learn more about Donley's safety program.

Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on electrical safety and what to look for when inspecting tools, cords, and other sources that carry electrical current. We start our series by focusing on the basics: electrical terminology.


Voltage - electrical pressure (water pressure)

Resistance - restriction to electrical flow (pipe friction)

Amperes - electrical flow rate (gallons/min)

Watts – amount of electricity used.



There are four main hazards associated with electricity:

  1. Shock
  2. Arcing/Sparking
  3. Explosions
  4. Fires

Shock: A shock can be defined as an electrical current travels in closed circuits; occurs when a part of your body becomes part of an electric circuit; or when 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

Fires: Electricity is one of the most common causes of fire

Check back for more… Our next "Its Electrifying" posting will focus on rules to follow when using electrical equipment.

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.

February 14, was not only Valentine’s Day, it also marked our 75th anniversary.  

Happy Anniversary to everyone at Donley’s and to all of our clients and team partners!  Thank you for being such important part of our history and future.  

Ernest F.  Donley’s  Sons was founded on February 14, 1941.  The Founders started the business in February, 1941 by purchasing the Construction Department of Donley Brothers . Donley's started as a formwork contractor and jobbers of contractor 's hand tool s. At the time, there was a small lathing for plaster business, mainly residential and light commercial. The formwork business was mainly pans and open centering, plus beams and columns. For pan or one-way, joist jobs, Donley's was very competitive and was the only local source for metal pan forms. World War II started just after Donley's was incorporated and very quickly the emphasis changed from construction to industrial mill supplies, including saw sales and sharpening. The basic tool lines being distributed to contractors also had industrial application. The saw sharpening and hand tool business expanded and various lines were added that broaden the scope to include automotive tool jobber lines. 

Today marks the beginning of our anniversary celebrations.  You will notice that our new anniversary logo has been integrated into our website, email signature and letterhead.  We will also creating job site banners that will be put in place in March.  There will be many different ways that we celebrate this year, so stay tuned.