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.
OVERHEAD POWER LINE BASICS
- Never get closer than 10 feet to a power line
- Conduct initial and daily surveys of the worksite and implement control measures and training to address hazards at the site
- Do not operate equipment around overhead power lines unless you are authorized and trained to do so
- Do not forget to look up when surveying the worksite
- Warn others if the minimum distance is not maintained
- Never touch an overhead line if it has been brought down by machinery or has fallen
- Never assume lines are dead
- When a machine is in contact with an overhead line do not allow anyone to come near or touch the machine
- Stay away from the machine and summon outside assistance
- Never touch a person who is in contact with a live power line
- Get certified in CPR
- When working near overhead power lines the use of non-conductive wooden or fiberglass ladders is recommended
- Avoid storing materials underneath or near overhead power lines
CONTACT WITH VEHICLES OR MACHINERY
If you should be in a vehicle that is in contact with an overhead power line, DO NOT LEAVE
THE VEHICLE. As long as you stay inside and avoid touching metal on the vehicle, you may
avoid an electrical hazard. If you need to get out to summon help or because of fire, jump out (jump with both feet together and land both of them simultaneously) without touching any wires or machine, as far away from the machine as possible,
- Do not leave your feet and do not shuffle your feet more than 8 inches apart from each other
- Do not let anyone come to your aid until you are outside of the high voltage area.
Once the hazard is abated the equipment must be serviced and inspected for any defects caused by the
Tire’s new headquarters project in the Midtown area of Cleveland kicked off
recently. We are working on the 650-car parking deck that will be part of the
company’s relocation. Learn more here.
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: http://www.enr.com/toplists/2016-Top-400-Contractors1
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.