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A little more than a year since breaking ground, the Brecksville Health & Surgery Center opened last week. We are honored to serve as the Construction Manager on the new facility which is the MetroHealth System's fourth Emergency Department in Cuyahoga County, joining emergency facilities in Cleveland Heights, Parma Heights and the Level I Adult Trauma Center at the West 25th Street main campus.  The facility includes medical office space, lab space, a retail pharmacy, compounding pharmacy, imaging center, emergency department and an ambulatory surgery center.  


Donley's Concrete Group will be starting its work on the Dillon Supply Tower on August 1. The project is a new cast-in-place parking structure and multifamily tower in downtown Raleigh. DCG will provide $18M worth of turnkey concrete construction services for Barnhill Construction Co.


At the end of the month, we will be launching our work on the East Carolina University Student Union. DCG will be working for Barnhill and T.A. Loving on the $10M cast in place concrete structure.


We have been hired by RW Allen to work on the Nakanishi project in Athens, Georgia. The $1M concrete foundations, walls, press pit and slab on grade will be DCG’s second project in Georgia.

Proper access must be provided to access the work platform of the scaffold.
  • Ladders that are a part of the scaffolding system, such as hook-on and attachable-ladders, shall be positioned so that the bottom rung is not more than 24 inches above the supporting level.
  • Portable extension ladders used to access the work platform must meet OSHA design and use criteria, which includes securing the ladder to the scaffold at the top and bottom and having the ladder extend at least three feet past the landing surface. Ladders must also be positioned so as not to tip the scaffold.
  • Stair-towers must have hand and midrails on each side of the stairway. Stairs must be at least 18 inches wide and have a landing platform at least 18 inches long at each level. Stair treads must be of slip-resistant design. The riser height must be uniform, and the stair angle must be between 40 and 60 degrees from the horizontal.
  • Cross Braces can NEVER be used as a method of access.
  • Openings for access points MUST be protected from fall hazards.
A competent person shall inspect the scaffold, scaffold components, and ropes on suspended scaffolds before each work shift and after any occurrence which could affect the structural integrity and authorize prompt corrective action.
  • Scaffolds must be tagged each day showing inspection status. Green Tag means safe to use and red Tag means not approved for use.
Scaffold frames (i.e. bucks) must be joined together vertically by coupling
or stacking pins (or equivalent means).
  • All frames MUST be secured together with safety pins.
Either the manufacturer’s recommendation or the following placements
shall be used for guys, ties, and braces: install guys, ties, and braces at the
closest horizontal member to the 4:1 height and repeat vertically with the
top restraint no further than the 4:1 height from the top:


Duty to Have Protection:
  • Each employee shall be protected from falling from exposed sides or edges, and objects falling from work areas 6 feet above lower levels. This protection can be guardrails, personal fall arrest systems, safety nets, or covers.
  • Guardrails are the preferred method as they are passive systems that protect workers below from falling objects and workers on the elevated work area from falling off.

  • Accepted form of Fall Protection in many situations: Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Bridges.
  • Can be made of many different types of materials: wood, steel, wire rope, composites.
  • The top rail must be able to withstand 200lbs of downward and outward force.
  • The mid- rail must be able to withstand 150lbs of downward and outward force. Mid-rails should midway between top rail and working surface. 
  • Top rails must be 42 inches tall plus or minus 3 inches as measured adjacent to the rail.
  • Must be used when wall openings are larger than 18” wide and 30” tall. 

Donley’s was pleased to recently accept the 2016 Ohio AGC Construction Safety Excellence Award, Building Division Over 1 Million Hours.  This is the industry’s elite safety excellence award.

The award recognizes those construction companies that excel at safety and health performance, examining each candidate’s commitment to safety and occupational health management and risk control. The selection process is comprehensive, closely examining each candidate’s commitment to safety and occupational health management and risk control. It includes: the review of a company’s commitment to management, active employee participation, safety training, work site hazard identification and control, and safety program innovation.
Engineering News-Record 2016 Top 400 Contractors List just came out and Donley’s has made the list!  We are ranked #258 out of 400 total contractors from all over the United States. This list is measured based off total 2015 revenue as well as any international revenue.  It is an honor to be among the companies on this exclusive list.  

“The market finally has come all the way back to pre-recession levels for U.S. general contractors and construction managers,” the ENR reports with 323 of the firms reporting domestic profits and a total of over $249 billion in revenue. Read the full article here:

Getting to and from work platforms is important to both safety and production. Normally, ladders are the selected method. Follow these safe work practices to assure safe access and egress to and from wall form work platforms:

  • Once the wall form work platform is constructed, ladders or other approved methods must be used to access it. If the elevation change is greater than 19 inches when stepping from the floor to the work platform, install a step for safe access.
  • 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.
  • You are permitted to climb the vertical face of the wall form only when work is performed on the form, for example, when installing or removing taper-ties.  Make sure walls are braced before climbing.
  • When you’re working off a work platform, fall protection is required if your feet are 6 feet 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 inches 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-inch (midrail) and 42-inch (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)
  • Remember, Anchorage point for 6 foot shock absorbing lanyards must be 18.5 feet from the lower level and 14.5 feet for retractable lanyards.
  • Falling onto rebar is also 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.
Last week Donley's was honored by the Cleveland Rotary with the 4-Way Test Award. "This award has only been presented three times since 2006 (Lubrizol, KeyBank and Parker Hannifin are previous winners) and the fourth recipient to be honored is Donley’s. The award is given in recognition of the high ethical standards Donley’s has maintained in the conduct of its’ business, dedication to its clients, and the respect for and commitment to their employees. Donley’s shared vision for and belief in the potential the City of Cleveland and its people has not gone unnoticed." Pictured below are Terry Donley and Don Dreier along with members of the Rotary Board.

The Rotary's 4-Way Test

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Donley’s is proud of their ethical heritage and to quote chairman Terry Donley, “My grandfather truly valued integrity, reliability, and service and we’ve never strayed from that. We expect people at Donley’s to be authentic and genuine in all their dealings. Our success is rooted in honest business principles, uncompromised ethical standards, and care for our clients, employees, colleagues, subcontractors, suppliers, and projects.”
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.