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An article from a recent Montana newspaper describes an incident in which a sober, middle-aged man led the police on a dangerous, high-speed chase. “I just always wanted to do that,” the man said, according to the police report. The man is accused of trying to evade a police patrol by driving at high speeds and on the interstate just to see what it would be like, police reported and could be facing a misdemeanor charge for reckless driving while eluding police.
Not quite as obvious, but the same thing can be said of our actions when it comes to safety.  Each of us gets rushed or hurried or just complacent and takes short cuts that aren't safe and may cause us to have an injury. Things like not locking equipment out, not wearing the proper PPE for the task, skipping the safety checklist. You know what they are, as you've probably stopped at some point and made a conscious decision to forgo following the safe way to do it.

That's what this Montana driver did. He decided he just wanted to "do it", so he did. Now many of you may think it's no big deal as he didn't get hurt during the incident. The key to this is no one got hurt THIS TIME. The scenarios are endless as he was doing what he wanted on the high speed chase. The police could have crashed, someone could have walked out in the road, he could have lost control due to the stop sticks, etc. The fact is, he not only put HIS life in jeopardy, but the lives and well-being of all those in the community. The same applies to you when you make those conscious decisions not to follow the safety procedures. You may think it will only affect you; however the risks you take can impact your coworkers and the community in ways that may not be obvious or haven't occurred before. 

Think about that before you make that decision next time and do it the safe way.

As the year continues, so does Donley’s 75th year anniversary celebration.   

Last week Mac Donley visited the Raleigh office to discuss the history of Donley’s with the DCG team.  After the presentation, the DCG team presented Mac with a commemorative plaque celebrating the 75th Anniversary.  Ron Marion led the DCG effort in creating this wonderful gift.

It was just 75 years ago that   Don and Phil Donley established Ernest F. Donley Sons, Inc. as concrete formwork contractors by purchasing the construction department of Donley Brothers Company.  In 2009, Donley’s acquired Blair Concrete in Raleigh, North Carolina, extending its geographic range of concrete services. Four years later Donley’s opens a second Southeast Regional office in South Carolina.
Perhaps the best tool to come along in industrial construction (at least as far as safety is concerned) is the Field Level Risk Assessment or Job Hazard Analysis. Whatever you call it, this is a tool that makes everyone stop and think about the different risks associated with the task. The same principle of these risk assessments can be done in our shops. Simply take a four-second “reset”. Take four seconds before starting some new familiar task. 

This four second reset was first instituted on CN Rail. This was part of a strategy to reduce the number of very serious incidents they were having including many amputation injuries. What they found was that their employee knew the rule or procedure to do the job without getting injured but were simply not focused. Even well rested employees were getting caught up in the routine of the day and found themselves daydreaming or thinking about other things. 

This act of refocusing has been shown to reduce the probability of an injury incident by more than 90% versus not taking the four seconds. How hard is that? You may have done the task you are about to perform thousands of times before. In your mind, you know that you could do it with your eyes closed. It is usually not the task itself but some small thing you did not anticipate that causes the incident. You did not notice the debris in front of the tool you were going to pick up. You did not notice somebody placed something on the part you were about to pick up. You did not realize how heavy a piece is that you were asked to help carry. It is easy to imagine the different activities we do every day and how this applies. For example, getting in a forklift and having a quick look around. We change our thinking from where we are going to focusing on the area, road conditions, other vehicles and so on. This is the “reset” we are talking about. 

Believe it or not, four seconds is all it takes. Get in this habit of taking four seconds and it significantly reduces the chance of injury. We highly recommend this four second “reset” as an excellent way to refocus on the job at hand, and we believe that this is one very effective method to prevent injury on and off the job. 

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!