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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.
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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.

“Haste Makes Waste” is a popular saying when it comes to rushing to complete a task or job.  Another saying more closely associated with safety on the job is, “Hurrying Up Can Hurt.”  Sometimes being in a hurry can cause accidents, such as using the wrong ladder for a job just because it was closer than the ladder that was the correct height or not wearing safety glasses because the job will only take a second.  

However, it should be pointed out that while hurrying unnecessarily is frowned upon, faster ways of doing things may be beneficial at times.  If there is a better way of doing a certain job, bring it to the attention of a supervisor.  But do not proceed to use the new method or make any changes without first getting approval.

One of the safest means of speeding up operations is through experience.  The more familiar jobs become, the more efficiency and speed increase.  Be careful not to reach the point where increased speed through experience becomes negligible and the danger of not remaining alert on the job grows.

Taking a shortcut or rushing to save time can lead to unnecessary accidents, and in the end, may not save that much time or be worth the risk.  

Due to the building boom of the 60’s and 70’s in downtown areas, many office buildings and parking structures are nearing or have passed 50 years of use.  As these facilities age, concrete is one area in particular that can be susceptible  to structure and aesthetic damage due to wear and tear of operations. Since the 1990’s Donley’s Restoration Group has been focused on assisting building owners assess these issues and develop and implement plans restore these facilities.

Structural concrete repair is a dynamic process by which deteriorated elements of a structure--such as a parking deck-- are removed and new materials are integrated into the existing structure to form a restored structure capable of withstanding the elements. The final result is a beautiful and smooth surface which will last for years, without the expenses associated with a complete tear-down and rebuild.

Donley’s Restoration Group (DRG) specializes in the latest state-of-the-art structural repair solutions that will maintain the structural viability of your concrete structures. What sets DRG apart from our competition is our quality, workmanship, and technology.  Concrete is at the core Donley’s business and has been since its founding in 1941.  The organization has perfected its operation over the past 75 years. We know what products work best in different environments, how to apply them, and what it takes to maintain them. We are a licensed applicator for all of our protective and preventative maintenance products. This expertise ensures that not only will the correct products be used in their intended application, but they will also be installed correctly.

To learn more about Donley’s restoration services, please visit our project gallery to view some of our recently completed projects:
Rockwell Avenue Garage Restoration (before and after shown above)

We previously posted an article regarding power tool inspections and safe use. Because power tools are important in any job and if not used properly can result in serious injury, we thought it worth sharing again.

Pre Use Inspection 
Ensure work area is free of any potential trip hazards and is clean.  If a power tool has any of the following issues, it should not be used for any job:
  • Damaged or cracked housing, power source, or bits/accessories
  • Dull blades (often more dangerous than sharp blades)
  • Missing guards or protective devices
  • Leaking gasoline, oil or other fluids
  • Appears to be in poor condition
  • Tool does not have 3-wire cord or is not double insulated

Proper Use 
In construction, portable power tools with defective wiring cause many injuries.  The following practices will help everyone stay safe:
  • Wear correct PPE
  • Always wear eye protection
  • Use proper tool for the job
  • Use tools with 3-wire plug and make sure connections are tight
  • Disconnect tool before making adjustments
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Ask supervisor or coworker about use, if unsure
  • Do not point or operate tools 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 hand behind the material that is being worked 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