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Through our company blog we want to engage our customers, share industry related news and insider stories. Our leadership team will contribute thoughts and we hope you find our articles interesting!

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5 Scaffolding Options For Residential Construction

by Jessica Kane

Various types of scaffolding options are utilized for residential construction today. Different platforms provide construction workers a safe place to work with their building materials. These different options are not just used in construction, but can be utilized by repair workers, window cleaners, for accessing higher level objects and in many other ways. Scaffolding is used to ensure the safety of everyone who works on a construction site, as is the obligation of employers to oversee for their employees. Learn more about various scaffolding options for residential construction in our latest guest blog and feel free to add your comments, thoughts or questions below. Enjoy!

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5 Tips For Staying Safe on Scaffolding

by Jessica Kane

The use of scaffolding can be a great way to keep workers safe while working at heights. When installed and used properly, they can prevent workers from falling and getting seriously hurt or killed. Let's take a look at some of the best ways to use scaffolding safely in our latest guest blog post, "5 Tips For Staying Safe on Scaffolding". Enjoy and stay safe.

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Common Construction Site Safety Violations

by Tom Moverman

Construction work may not receive the same amount of attention as police work and firefighting, but anyone involved in the industry knows how dangerous the job can be. There are a number of safety violations that OSHA tasks companies with avoiding, but if you're a construction worker, the fact that your company might get fined if you have an accident isn't much comfort. LipsigBrooklyn.com also states that when workers work with power tools, electricity, and from great heights, there is a high chance of being injured. The good news is, you can take your safety into your own hands by watching out for the following safety violations in our latest guest blog post. Read on & Stay Safe!

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Staying Safe on Road Construction Sites: Tips For Workers

by Jordan Duras

When working on a road construction site, it is easy to get so lost in the work that your safety and the safety of those around you can fall out of focus. However, the truth is road construction is dangerous work. In 2015, there were 700 motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States, which is the equivalent of about 1.9 work zone crashes per day across the country. These crashes not only are a danger to the workers, but also the drivers navigating through the work zones. Luckily, there are ways to decrease the occurrences of these incidents. Find out more in our latest guest blog.

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Beyond the Gender Divide: the Importance of Embracing Change in the Construction Industry

by Grace Wood (machineryzone.com)
Just in time for Women in Construction Week, we present another guest blog post from our friends at MachineryZone. This time their topic is gender diversity - or lack thereof - within our industry. While here at Harris, Kenseal and HarMac we are proud to have many great women in all areas of the organization, that may not be the case across the board for all companies in our business. As always, we encourage you to share your thoughts and feedback in the comments.  
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5 Things You Never Knew About Steel

by Jessica Kane

When you hear the word "STEEL", you may think this word refers to a single type of metal. But actually, according to the World Steel Association, there are at least 3,500 different types (or grades) of steel. Also, did you know at least three-quarters of the products we know of as "steel" today have only been in existence for about two decades? Each generation of steel gets lighter and stronger than its predecessors, and advancements continue to be made daily. In this guest blog post, learn five fascinating facts you never knew about steelBy learning more about steel, you can better appreciate how this valuable alloy has contributed to our life today!

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Harris Partner Profile: KESON

by Martin Hennig

In 1968 Roy Nosek started Keson Industries, Inc. in Berwyn, Illinois. Operating out of a small office with inventory stored in an adjacent trailer, Keson became a vital resource to professional tradespeople and contractors. The business plan was simple:

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Municipalities use Fabric Structures for Warehouse and Storage Space Expansion

by Martin Hennig

(guest blog post by William Hansen)

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Benefits of Green Building & LEED certification

by Martin Hennig

(guest blog post by Steve Wright of Whirlwind)

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Cold Weather Concreting: How to Make it Work For You

by Martin Hennig

(guest blog post by PowerBlanket)

Brace yourself, winter is coming. Among the many challenges associated with concrete construction, there is none more common than that of pouring and placing concrete in cold weather. While cold weather concreting has been addressed overtime with varying levels of effectiveness, there is really only one optimal approach to proper curing during cold weather. Additives and accelerators have unfavorable side effects, but insulated heat application doesn’t.

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