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by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 24, 2016

Project Safe new policy states:GLOVES: Employees will wear gloves any time they are handling any metal material including but not limited to, studs, track, ceiling grid, corner bead or any other sharp-edged or pointed material that creates an exposure for cuts or puncture wounds. In addition, gloves will be required anytime an employee is handling... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 15, 2016

The “War on Falls” was declared with only one thing in mind – to prevent injuries by eliminating fall exposures. Zero tolerance and suspensions are merely tools to deal with a violation after it occurs. The ultimate goal is eliminate the exposure in the first place. That can only be accomplished by each and every one of us understanding what is... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 11, 2016

Note to Supervisors: Read and prepare. Your objective is to point out the dangers of the most common – AND PREVENTABLE – causes of serious accidents. Explain practices to help avoid these types of accidents. You should hold this meeting on the floor so you can move around and point out and identify possible slip, trip and fall hazards.We have all... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 7, 2016

Your head is fragile and must be protected. A minor injury to any other part of your body would probably be a serious injury to your head. A recent study of motorcycle accidents revealed that there were three times more fatal or serious head injuries in a state not requiring helmets.In the construction industry more workers are killed each year... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 24, 2016

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 Feb 12, 2016

There are several dangers on job sites simple because of the nature of construction work. When the natural hazards found on construction jobs sites are compounded with clutter and debris, the hazard level increases and the potential for an accident or an injury substantially increases. A construction site with poor housekeeping creates an unsafe... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 3, 2016

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 minor abrasions to concussions, blindness, or death.... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 1, 2016

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 serious workplace hazard, exposing employees to such dangers as electrical shock, electrocution,... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jan 25, 2016

Our first priority of this year is to enhance communication throughout every part of the MAREK workforce. One way we’re trying to achieve this is by arming everyone with the knowledge of how big our MAREK family has grown. Why are we doing this? Well, it’s because we have a ton of successful stories to tell and the one thing in common in all of... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Dec 28, 2015

Not me! That will never happen to me! How many times have we heard someone say that? You may be the guy that may feel like accidents happen just to others, not you. None of us are totally safe guarded from a life- changing event, such as having an accident and getting seriously hurt. This could happen at the work or at home. That is why we should... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Dec 15, 2015

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 Dec 9, 2015

Ten years ago, we took the time to have a small survey at every jobsite asking employees what was the most important thing they work safe for? and the answer was Family. I would like to share a few of those comments written by our Marek employees and I also want to ask you the same question today. What is the most important thing that you work for... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Dec 1, 2015

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 Jorge Vazquez on Nov 24, 2015

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:Warm... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Nov 18, 2015

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 conditionsThe following four environmental conditions are... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Nov 9, 2015

Accidents occur for many reasons. In most jobsites people tend to look for "things" or “people” to blame when an accident happens, because it's easier than looking for "root causes,"Failure to Pre-Plan the Work:There is a lot of talk today about Job Hazard Analysis. JHA's are an effective way to figure out the smartest ways to work safely and... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Nov 2, 2015

Mobile (also known as rolling) scaffold setups require you to use the same common sense safety rules that apply to the use of stationary upright scaffolding. You should always keep the planks clean; never overload the unit and watch where you are walking.In addition, they require a separate set of cautions that are particular to their design.... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Oct 26, 2015

Notice to Supervisors: Read and be prepared to answer questions. Every employee should know to report near misses to their immediate supervisor.At the Marek Family of Companies 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 immediate... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Oct 12, 2015

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.Our company’s response to... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Oct 5, 2015

Working in confined spaces can be pretty common in construction. If you’ve ever had to run conduit in a crawl space or install insulation in a cramped attic, you have worked in a confined space. If that crawl space or attic had some kind of hazard in it- such as volatile fumes from spry insulation or high temperatures caused by the heat of a... read more

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