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by Jorge Vazquez on May 5, 2014

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) are devices designed to prevent accidental electric shock and electrocution by preventing ground faults. They also protect against electrical fires, tool/appliance overheating, and destruction of wire insulation. GFCI’s are required by building code in “wet” locations like kitchens, bathrooms and... read more

by Marek Brothers on Apr 29, 2014

Jobsite sanitation is critical to your health and well being. All kinds of diseases can be present around the jobsite locations, drinking water containers and toilet facilities. If you have a medical condition such as, high blood pressure, diabetes, seizures etc that can be jeopardized by weather conditions, work elevation, or chemical reactions... read more

by Marek Brothers on Apr 28, 2014

Marek Dallas has won AWCI's Excellence in Construction Safety Award 2014. The video details what it took for Marek to win this award. We couldn't be happier!

by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 23, 2014

Note to Supervisors: Read and prepare. Your objective is to demonstrate and prepare a scissor lift for the meeting to identify the hazards of an aerial lift. You have to make sure your employees are trained and aware of any hazards before they can use an aerial lift.The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 25 construction workers... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 15, 2014

Even a simple extension cords 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 the cord.... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 9, 2014

Mandatory Topic: Notice to Supervisors: Read and prepare for demonstration of Web-Tex scaffolds. Make sure all employees understand the importance of following our safe scaffold procedures for the Web-Tex system.Web-Tex Scaffold SafetyAt the Marek Family of Companies we thrive on having safe equipment. Keep in mind that equipment is only as safe... read more

by Marek Brothers on Apr 2, 2014

Originally posted by Jim Kollaer on ConstructionCitizen.com.Safety is critical on every construction site.  It matters every minute of every day and not just during the safety talk, incident review, OSHA audit or client incident report.According to ENR, 31 major contractors are launching the first annual “Safety Week” May 4-10 to bring additional... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 31, 2014

 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 cords when not in... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 26, 2014

Note to Supervisors: Read and prepare for meeting by looking over your jobsite and how your personnel are approaching their jobs. Using common sense and paying attention to detail can prevent most accidents. Carelessness is not acceptable.Performing construction work can be dangerous for the inexperienced construction worker. Even experienced... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 18, 2014

This zero tolerance 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 two-day suspension.LADDERSStanding on the top or first step of a... read more

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 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 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 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 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 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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