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by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 3, 2014

Slips, Trips and Falls (Fall Prevention)We have all experienced slipping, tripping, stumbling or falling.  Usually the only result is that you feel silly, embarrassed, and perhaps got a scrape or bruise.  But falls kill 1,200 people at work a year.  They are the biggest cause of accidental death in the workplace. More than 33,000 people are... read more

by Marek Brothers on Feb 24, 2014

The following is a blog written by a student at John Jay Science and Engineering Academy in San Antonio, who took part in the A.C.E. (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor Program, which mentors and inspires high school students to pursue careers in design and construction.My name is Tristan Brown and during my junior year, I applied... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 24, 2014

Sprains and Strains Sprains and strains continue to be one of the highest types of injuries within our company. By following a few simple rules, many of these injuries can be avoided or their severity greatly reduced. Medical evidence has shown that performing warm-up exercises before work and after breaks reduces strain and sprain type injuries.... read more

by Katrina Kersch on Feb 17, 2014

Please read this article! Workforce Development is More Than Just Training.As our workforce program has grown in depth, scope and experience, I would like to pause and reflect on what workforce development looks like versus conducting training programs. As our team takes on career paths development opportunities for our professional employees, the... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 17, 2014

STRUCK BY MOVING OBJECTS   Probably the most unpredictable type of accident is being struck by a moving object, because it is usually out of the routine.  What do you look out for? What do you have to guard against? You should be careful at blind intersections in and around the worksite, and look out for stacked materials, equipment, sharp objects... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 10, 2014

Material Handling InstructionYou will need to demonstrate material handling with at least two different sizes of rock: refer to weight/loading information listed below that was obtained from our suppliers. You will need to demonstrate manual handling of studs and track of different gauges and types. Please read and cover the points addressed in... read more

by Katrina Kersch on Feb 10, 2014

On February 6, 2014, Marek hosted the 2014 strategic planning session for the Construction Career Collaborative. Marek has supported the organization from its inception. Mike Holland, President of Houston Division, is currently serving on the board of directors. As the former Acting Executive Director, I participated along with the board,... read more

by Whitney Martin on Feb 6, 2014

Marek was called by  Joe Cleary with DE Harvey, to take part in a in a project that Joe is very passionate about. The project was to build out the new office space for Helping a Hero, an organization that restores lives and builds homes for severely wounded veterans injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each adapted home helps the wounded hero... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 3, 2014

WAR ON FALLS HOW TO REPORT AN ACCIDENTHow long you work for us is based on how you safely perform your job and meet the production expectations of your supervisor.  Every Front Line Supervisor is responsible for timely reporting of all work-related injuries, accidents and fall exposures. To properly carry out his duties, today we are reviewing... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jan 27, 2014

HAZARD ANALYSISWORKING AROUND SPRINKLERS OR ELECTRICAL AREAS  Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard, exposing employees to such dangers as electrical shock, electrocution, fires and explosions.  However when we talk about fires, is also important to mention that sprinkler systems are installed in projects to prevent... read more

by Katrina Kersch on Jan 20, 2014

*Written by Elizabeth McPherson of ConstructionCitizen.com.In March of 2013, Marek hosted a drywall installation clinic at Pasadena ISD's L.P. Card Career and Technical Center . The team from Marek which included Saied Alavi-Operations Manager, Terry Holcombe-Drywall Superintendent, Dave McMillan-Foreman, Buddy Britt-Training Coordinator, and... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jan 13, 2014

EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK PART I ATTENDANCERegular and on-time attendance is essential to the efficient operations of the Company, and is an essential function of every employee’s job. Excessive absenteeism and tardiness are not only inconvenient, they are also costly problems. While it is recognized that occasional illness or personal reasons cause... read more

by Katrina Kersch on Jan 9, 2014

We have reached two historic milestones this year and how appropriate they are to communicate our culture. We celebrate 75 years as a contractor who employs the very best craftsmen and we have honored nine of those craftsmen with the Marek Certified Craft Professional Credentials.My congratulations go out to Pedro Cerritos, Dale Dodson, Jesus... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jan 9, 2014

THINK SAFETY 2014The beginning of a new year is always a good time to evaluate how we work together and can emphasize safe production habits in everything we do. Safety will not occur by chance: it takes every worker’s determination and effort each and every day.A safe production record is built by people who recognize that falls from elevation... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Dec 30, 2013

WEEKLY TOOLBOX TALK: COLD WEATHER SAFETY As the weather becomes “frightful” during winter months, construction workers who must brave the outdoor conditions face the occupational hazard of exposure to the cold. You need to be especially mindful of the weather, its effects on the body, and proper prevention techniques. Environmental conditions The... read more

by Marek Brothers on Dec 23, 2013

THE END OF THE YEAR The Marek Family of Companies is responsible for training you in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and of the safety hazards applicable to your workplace. However, you are also an important player in jobsite safety and security. The simplest of tasks, such as placing trash where it belongs, picking up extension... read more

by John Hinson on Dec 19, 2013

 In my working relations on the Construction Education Foundation Board in DFW, I had the pleasure of reviewing the “Educational” Legislative materials passed this session and I am happy to say that.   “I think our representatives helped us.”Several of these Bills have “avenues” available for accredited training programs and maybe we can apply for... read more

by Marek Brothers on Dec 13, 2013

The following was originally posted in the Houston Chapter of the American Subcontractors Association's newsletter.In early Spring 2013, under the guidance of Cary Seabolt and Marcus Bollum of Marek Brothers Systems, the planning began for an ASA-Houston Chapter student chapter in the Department of Construction Science within the College of... read more

by Mike Holland on Dec 11, 2013

On Thursday, November 21st, of this year I, along with 50 other executives, “slept out” on the grounds of the Covenant House, a homeless shelter for kids, to help raise awareness and much needed funds. For me, it was the second time to participate in this wonderful and transformative event. I was introduced to this by a good friend Kurt Nondorf,... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Dec 9, 2013

Sprains and strains continue to be one of the highest types of injuries within our company. By following a few simple rules, many of these injuries can be avoided or their severity greatly reduced. Medical evidence has shown that performing warm-up exercises before work and after breaks reduces strain and sprain type injuries.These rules are:•... read more

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