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by Jorge Vazquez on Jan 27, 2023

Notice to Supervisors: Mandatory Demonstration requires a Minimum of 20 minutes to effectively cover topic. 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.... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jan 20, 2023

EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK PART I ATTENDANCE Regular 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... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jan 13, 2023

NOTE: The MAREK Employee Handbook for all full-time MAREK employees has been revised and updated. Beginning Monday, January 16, 2023, employees will need to complete the learning course that is assigned to them in MyMAREK and acknowledge that it has been read and understood. You can access in MyMarek by going to ME→LEARNING→Current... read more

by Marek Brothers on Jan 6, 2023

  HAZARD ANALYSIS WORKING AROUND SPRINKLERS OR ELECTRICAL AREAS Notice 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... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Dec 29, 2022

SAFETY IN YOUR LIFE 2023 MAREK hopes you had a great holiday season with your loved ones. It is now time to look at our road ahead and it's important to 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 your... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Dec 26, 2022

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... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Dec 16, 2022

SILICA DUST AWARENESS  Crystalline silica is a common mineral in the earth's crust and is found in many types of rock including sand, quartz, and granite. Silica is present in both work and non-work environments, and exposure to crystalline silica dust has long been known to cause a disease called silicosis. When you inhale... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Dec 12, 2022

Web-Tex Scaffold Safety At the Marek Family of Companies we thrive on having safe equipment. Keep in mind that equipment is only as safe as the people who use it are. We have two sizes of the Web-Tex scaffolds: 6’ and 8’. You should use the smallest size possible to reach your work. Today you will discuss the proper uses for a Web-Tex Scaffold,... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Nov 26, 2022

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

by Jorge Vazquez on Nov 18, 2022

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 following four... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Nov 11, 2022

Carelessness Causes Accidents Note to Supervisors: Read and prepare for meeting by looking over your jobsite and how your personnel are approaching their jobs. Carelessness is not acceptable. Project Safe states quite simply: Employee Basic Safety Rules, Safe Work Habits: “Careless disregard for the safety of other... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Nov 4, 2022

FIGHTING In any company, whether differences among members are great or small, functioning as a team is critical to success. In today’s meeting, we want to focus on behaviors that violate these principles in the worst way. We are speaking of verbal and physical confrontations, more commonly known as "having words” and fighting... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Oct 28, 2022

WHY SAFETY Why is accident prevention so important? Do you view accident prevention as simply a way to avoid getting hurt? Do you work safely just because you want to? Perhaps you view accident prevention as a way of keeping the company happy or your supervisor off your back. Maybe you just do it because you have been told to... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Oct 20, 2022

Struck-By Falling/Flying Objects You 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... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Oct 13, 2022

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.... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Oct 10, 2022

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Noise is one of the most common health problems in workplaces today. Right now, about 30 million workers are exposed to high noise levels. If you’re one of those workers, you may be losing some of your hearing. And you might not realize it until it’s too late!!! Most of us take hearing for granted. When we... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Sep 30, 2022

SAFE BEFORE THE STORM RAIN CAN RUIN A JOB Rain may be good for the farmer, but it can turn the jobsite into a giant mud pie. The rain can ruin materials and supplies and generally make things downright messy. Steel gets slippery, equipment gets stuck, and workers get wet. By covering equipment, materials, tools, supplies and... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Sep 23, 2022

WAR ON FALLS SUSPENSION RECAP ZERO TOLERANCE These zero tolerances means that certain unsafe employee actions will automatically result in suspension from work. So that employees understand what these actions are that will result in suspension, we will recap the WAR ON FALLS safety violations that will result in a minimum... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Sep 16, 2022

POWDER-ACTUATED TOOL SAFETY Mandatory Topic: Read, Be Prepared and Demonstrate to All Employees Attention 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... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Sep 11, 2022

Suicide Prevention Suicide is a leading cause of death among working age adults in the United States. It deeply impacts workers, families, and communities. Fortunately, like other workplace fatalities, suicides can be prevented. Below are 5 things to know about preventing suicide. 1. Be Aware Everyone can help prevent... read more

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