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by Jorge Vazquez on May 4, 2015

Note to Supervisors: If there have been struck-by accidents in your area, be prepared to discuss them with employees. Listen to their ideas; they may have the answer you have been looking for. Also, mention any hazards that may be unique to your operation.Probably the most unpredictable type of accident is being struck by a moving object, because... read more

by Marek Brothers on May 1, 2015

The following was authored by Texas A&M Construction Science Professor Edelmiro Escamilla, and originally published on ConstructionCitizen.com.As an Assistant Instructional Professor from Texas A&M University's Department of Construction Science who teaches materials and methods, construction graphics, as well as construction project... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 28, 2015

 Notice to supervisors: If you are not using stilts on your job, make sure you mention the War on Falls for ladders, lifts, scaffolds, guardrails and holes. Make sure you also mention the two-day suspension for any fall exposure. WAR ON FALLS STILTSPROJECT SAFE STATES:Only those employees who have been certified under the company’s stilt policy... read more

by Marek Brothers on Apr 22, 2015

The following article was written by Pat Kiley of Kiley Advisors LLC and originally published on ConstructionCitizen.com.On April 9, Stan Marek, CEO of Marek, was inducted into Texas A&M University’s Constructor Hall of Fame. I had the honor of introducing him with this tribute:My name is Pat Kiley, and I want to thank Joe Horlen and Mike... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 21, 2015

Mandatory Topic:GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTERSGround 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”... read more

by Arthur Ehmling on Apr 20, 2015

What a great day April 11th was! Three of Marek’s trainees from the Workforce Development Program and Houston Workforce Development Head Coach spent the day at Houston Independent School District’s “When I Grow Up Career Expo”. There were over one hundred companies, schools, and community organizations that had booths to give students a look and... read more

by Marek Brothers on Apr 17, 2015

The following article was authored by Elizabeth McPherson, and originally published on ConstructionCitizen.com.I recently visited Pasadena ISD’s Dr. Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School (CTHS) on a day when a group of high school juniors were receiving hands-on training in drywall installation by professionals from Marek Houston.  I was... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 14, 2015

Mandatory Topic: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... read more

by Paul Godwin on Apr 7, 2015

Point Layout is Autodesk’s field point layout software used to generate layout points from a 3D model, CAD files, or DWG files. These points are then exported to a total station in the field that is used to layout the project quickly and in a more accurate manner than through manual layout. When properly applied, it can result in layout being... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 3, 2015

Mandatory Topic: Slips, Trips and Falls (Fall Prevention)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... read more

by Marek Brothers on Apr 2, 2015

The following article was authored by Elizabeth McPherson, and originally published on ConstructionCitizen.com.Last week a group of construction professionals from Marek once again volunteered their time to instruct high school students in drywall installation at their new state-of-the-art Pasadena Independent School District facility.  Houston... read more

by Marek Brothers on Mar 30, 2015

All of us have exposed ourselves to possible injury by taking shortcuts when a few extra seconds would have meant doing something the safe way. We did this as children when we jumped the fence instead of using the gate. We do it today when we cross streets between intersections instead of at corners.Many people show disregard for the fact that... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 23, 2015

Mandatory Topic: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... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 16, 2015

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

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 11, 2015

Mandatory Topic: Notice to Supervisors & Safety Advisors: Read and prepare for DEMONSTRATION of BODY HARNESS. Make sure all employees understand the importance of wearing a body harness properly, use a volunteer for demonstration.FALL PROTECTION-EQUIPMENT AND SYSTEMSAn injury because of a fall is a major problem in construction. More than 20,... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 2, 2015

We have talked about eye protection many times in the past. There is no question how fragile our eyes are and how important it is to protect them. We all know when to wear eye protection on the job, but today we want to talk about other eye injuries that occur and how to prevent them.The majority of eye injuries do not occur because we failed to... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 26, 2015

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

by Marek Brothers on Feb 19, 2015

A few weeks ago, Saied Alavi, Director of Operations at Marek Brothers Houston, and I visited an active construction site on the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) campus. The new Jennie Sealy Hospital is scheduled to be completed later this year and open for patients early next year. We went there to talk with Gloria Palau,... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 16, 2015

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 13, 2015

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

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