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Toolbox Talk Icon DISCIPLINARY POLICYAll companies, no matter what their business, have certain rules of behavior that must be observed to ensure a productive, safe operation. The Marek Companies are no exception. For the welfare of all of us who work together on a day-to-day basis, certain actions are serious enough to warrant disciplinary procedures. Therefore,… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon GRAFFITI PREVENTION: PROTECTING OUR PROJECTSGood morning, team. Today's toolbox talk will focus on an important issue that affects our construction sites: graffiti.Graffiti not only damages the appearance of our sites but can also have significant repercussions on our projects. We must understand the impact of graffiti and take proactive measures… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK PART IIACCIDENTSIn the event an employee is involved in an accident or sustains an injury while on the job, they must report it to their supervisor immediately regardless of its severity. First aid supplies are normally maintained at jobsites to take care of certain minor injuries. When medical attention is warranted, the… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon BATTERY-POWERED OUTERWEAR SAFETY Understanding the RisksToday, we're here to discuss an important aspect of our safety at work and in our daily lives – battery-powered outerwear. With the advent of technology, battery-powered heated jackets, vests, and other outerwear have become popular, providing warmth and comfort in cold weather. However, it's… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK PART IATTENDANCERegular 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, tardiness, or early departures are not only inconvenient, but they are also costly problems. While it is recognized that occasional illness or personal… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon COLD WEATHER SAFETYAs 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 conditionsThe following four… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon HAZARD ANALYSISWORKING AROUND SPRINKLERS OR ELECTRICAL AREASNotice to Supervisors: Read and prepare for safety meeting. Make sure all employees understand the importance of following our Hazard Analysis and the procedures to work around sprinkler and electrical areas.Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard, exposing… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon SAFETY IN YOUR LIFE 2024MAREK hopes you had a great holiday season with your loved ones. It is now time to look at our road ahead and remember that safety is our top priority. We need to remember that we are not getting any younger and that an injury can not only put us out of work but can also jeopardize our family’s well-being.In fact, according… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon HAND TOOLS SAFETYOf all the equipment placed at our disposal, common hand tools, which we take for granted, are the most useful and the most often abused.A recent review of construction injuries reveals quite a number of minor accidents involving hand tools. To counteract this trend, it would be wise to review the basic rules governing the use of… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon Harassment/DiscriminationAt MAREK, we rely on our employees to work as teams to build our jobs, and without teamwork, we would not be able to accomplish any of our goals.  The teams that we have are generally comprised of a very diverse group, be it different trades, races, genders, religions, etc.  We feel that the diversity we have throughout… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon Close Calls/Near Misses Are Wake-Up CallsNotice to Supervisors: Read and be prepared to answer questions. Every employee should know to report near misses to their immediate supervisor.At MAREK we expect everyone to report unsafe conditions and actions, as stated in PROJECT SAFE. A near miss is always considered an unsafe condition that needs… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon ABSENTEEISM AND SAFETYHOW NOT BEING THERE AFFECTS EVERYONEBob NoPay has a problem that affects a lot of employees; he is speaking to his Production Manager on Friday about a short check. When all the facts are reviewed, Bob finds out that his attendance is the problem, not a clerical error from his foreman or payroll.Absenteeism impacts MAREK in… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon BECAUSE WE CAREAt MAREK we care for our employees. Safety is a major role in everybody’s life and doing the right thing for the right reason is the key to our success.As a group of employees, we must focus on safety and prevention by practicing problem identification and problem-solving. To work at MAREK you must care about safety by paying… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon SAFETY FOR THE HOLIDAYSThe Marek Family of Companies wants to take this opportunity to give thanks to the most important part of our business – YOU. We hope you and your family have had a safe and healthy year. We hope you can spend these holidays with your family and give thanks for what you have.All of us at Marek can be thankful for another… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon COLD WEATHER SAFETYAs 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 conditionsThe following four… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon EXTENSION CORDSEven a simple extension cord needs to be looked after. It’s a shock or fire hazard when deteriorated, worn out, or used improperly.Three-wire cords are for outdoor appliances and electric power tools. The third wire is a ground. Never plug these cords into an ungrounded electrical outlet.Don’t disconnect an extension cord by pulling… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon POWDER-ACTUATED TOOL SAFETY Mandatory Topic: Read, Be Prepared, and Demonstrate to All EmployeesAttention All Foremen: You will demonstrate a powder-actuated tool to all your employees today. Safe production practices need to be covered in this meeting. You may choose to demonstrate multiple tools with live firing.Powder-actuated fastening tools… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon Struck-By Falling/Flying ObjectsYou are at risk from falling objects when you are beneath equipment, scaffolds, etc., or where overhead work is being performed. There is a danger from flying objects when power tools, or activities like pushing, pulling, or prying, may cause objects to become airborne. Injuries can range from minor abrasions to… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon UTILITY KNIFE SAFETY!There’s one hand tool that demands your respect over many others in the workplace, a tool that can cut you to the bone in an instant . . . the utility knife.Many workers use utility knives to cut drywall, ceiling tile, strapping, puncture shrink-wrap, and open packaging. But one wrong move and these blades can do serious harm.… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon WORKPLACE DISTRACTION When we do accident investigations, a lot of times we’ll find injuries can be attributed to some type of distraction. Although it may not be possible to eliminate distractions, experts say steps can be taken to minimize them and recognize when they occur. Different types of distractions When people are… read more