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Getting to ZERO Injuries: One Task at a Time

American industry continues to come to grips with hitting zero injuries in the workplace. More than 10 years ago, I began a campaign for this, continually running headlong at the windmills of the zero injury safety culture.

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How to Obtain Personal and Professional Balance: A Journey of Separation

In business today, leaders and organizations have to be more aware than ever of how their employees balance their work and personal demands. Organizations are constantly focusing on how to improve production, profits, and performance, while at the same time maintaining a high level of morale. The issue is the search for personal and professional balance.

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Nerves of Steel: Coating New Tanks for Saltwater Disposal Facility

As any oil man or woman knows, when you are creating oil and gas in an oil field, there are several byproducts that need to be dealt with. One of them is salt water. Oil companies usually get rid of salt water by injecting it into wells, rocks, or other natural formations. But first the fluid has to go through a disposal facility. There, tanks collect the salt water and other oil and gas wastes. As long as the well is producing oil, salt will be created and require disposal.

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Too Fast Too Furious: Epoxy for Concrete Reservoir

Pour, crack, fill, repeat. It might sound as if this is a recipe for baked goods, but for Angelus Waterproofing & Restoration, Inc., it was the daily schedule for a year-long construction cycle. The underground Silver Lake Reservoir, built by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, covers an area the size of 6 or 7 football fields in northern Los Angeles. There are a lot of people living there so it’s a big structure, and it needed to be repaired as it was being poured.

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Confident Approach to Waterproofing Chi-Town Garage

Creating dedicated open park space in densely populated urban areas is a consistent challenge for city planners. One innovative approach is to install green-roof systems on existing structures within the city limits. For example, in Chicago, Ill., an entire network of interconnected parks is built on top of underground parking garages. They comprise the largest parking facility in the United States!

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When Secondary Containment Linings and Coatings Are Primary

It’s a too common occurrence to turn on the news and witness some form of hazardous chemical release into the waterways, ground, or atmosphere. These dangerous events have garnered a much greater public concern over the past 25 years, and social media and camera phones help to keep them in the forefront.

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Playing It Forward: The Benefits of Fun in the Workplace

To have fun or not to have fun? That is the question. Are you curious how companies like Google, Zappos, and Southwest develop those winning workplace cultures with such high productivity and profitability? Regardless of the industry, there is a common thread running through the highest performing companies: the inherent or stated culture of fun. Among companies denoted as “great” in Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” a whopping 81 percent of employees say they work in a “fun” environment.

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Secondary Containment Upgrade Heats Up!

Concrete and polyurea seem to go hand in hand in the secondary containment world. This winning duo was no different at the Leffler Energy jobsite in Lancaster, Pa., when the containment that was supposed to be protecting the ground from accidental oil spills started showing signs of aging.

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Fighting Floods in Wisconsin: A Stormwater Storage Story

With a history of water problems, the City of Appleton, Wis., faced a deluge of difficulties. Residential and commercial property owners were very concerned about flooding on their land. Storm water didn’t stop there; it was even impacting local emergency response units and their ability to navigate the city. The city council needed an innovative solution. Midwest Industrial Coatings promised to deliver.

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All Hail! Recoat of Hail Damaged Roofs in Texas

Roofing contractors in Texas and Oklahoma are accustomed to seeing roofs ravaged by frozen rain. “We work in what is referred to as the ‘Hail Belt.’ That being said, many roofing companies around the country have office sites in Dallas or other major cities in Texas and Oklahoma. Hail damage is a very real concern for building owners and should be dealt with as soon as possible,” said Robert Norrell of Galt Construction.