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by Jorge Vazquez on Oct 15, 2014

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.Of course there are many reasons... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Oct 7, 2014

The Marek Family of companies takes a lot of effort in making sure each employee has the safest working environment possible. They make sure all the tools are in safe and working condition. All of our scaffolds and ladders are inspected before their use.They inspect all these for anything that may compromise its intended purpose, in other words... read more

by Bill Rankin on Oct 1, 2014

Marek can do it! It doesn’t matter how small or large the class is that you need to accommodate, we can handle it. We recently had the pleasure of presenting “Fire Codes for Interior Finishes” at Gensler Houston. Two screens, lunch, the presentation and some very good questions from the professionals sums up the successful event.We continue to... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on Sep 24, 2014

October's "Careers in Construction" month is quickly approaching, and you may wonder what you can do during this time to bring awareness to the trades. You have an entire month to find activities, to get out, and to get involved.As someone who loves to bring awareness to the trades, one of my favorite activities is to get in front of a group of... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Sep 22, 2014

At the Marek Family of Companies 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. Take responsibility for your safety and health, and also that of your fellow worker.

by Chris Kelley on Sep 18, 2014

On Thursday, September 4, 2014 the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Houston held its annual Bar-B-Que Cook Off at the Pasadena Convention Center. With a turnout of 14 cooking teams this year, the air was filled with the smell of smoke and a wide variety of meats on the pits. Marek's cooking team prepared for a long day of... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Sep 15, 2014

ACCIDENTSIn 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 supervisor will assist the... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Sep 9, 2014

ATTENDANCERegular 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 personal reasons cause unavoidable absence or... read more

by Mike Holland on Sep 8, 2014

This business is just as much about the relationships we build over the decades as it is about the projects we build for our customers. Perhaps more so. After all, without those relationships, the projects for those customers would never go from concept to reality.Each year at Marek, we pay tribute to select partnerships by honoring some of the... read more

by Bill Rankin on Sep 3, 2014

In commercial construction, fabric panels systems seldom hit the radar when Fire Code compliance is considered. They usually come to light after an incident. Typically, Plan Review Departments within some major metropolitan areas focus primarily on the obvious considerations of occupancy, egress, exits, stairwells, sprinkler heads and strobes long... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Sep 2, 2014

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. It is “mandatory” to fill up the Hazard Analysis form everytime you work around sprinkler lines.Electricity has long been recognized as a... read more

by Marek Brothers on Aug 26, 2014

The following is excerpted from an article by Ulf Wolf, which was originally published in Construction Dimensions, a monthly publication by the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry.  Reprinted with permission.You find yourself underbid by 30 percent.The contractor in question swears on a stack of Bibles that all of his labor is legal and... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Aug 20, 2014

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 Mike Holland on Aug 13, 2014

On July 23rd, Marek was pleased to recognize several of our workforce development participants for various levels of graduation within our program. An earlier post by Arthur Ehmling, our corporate training coordinator, outlined the specific levels attained by the 21 helpers, 8 mechanics, and 18 foremen, who worked very diligently to reach these... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Aug 12, 2014

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 Aug 5, 2014

At the Marek Family of Companies we take pride on everything we do. Our type of work is often performed at heights and working at heights can be hazardous-falls rank as the chief cause of death on the construction jobsite. That’s why the Marek Family of Companies is always looking for ways to protect their employees and get the work done more... read more

by Arthur Ehmling on Jul 29, 2014

After the 2014 Workforce Development Graduation July 23rd, I met with one of the twenty-one new Marek Helper graduates, Rodrick Horn. Rodrick came to us during the probation period of the Workforce Development Training program. Rodrick completed the process and started the probation period in January 2013. He proved to be an outstanding trainee,... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jul 28, 2014

WaterThe natural choice for hydration is water. It hydrates better than any other liquid, both before and during work. Water tends to be less expensive and more available than any other drink. You need to drink 4-6 ounces of water for every 15-20 minutes of work. That can add up to a lot of water! Water is the best, but it only helps you if you... read more

by Arthur Ehmling on Jul 25, 2014

Marek held a Graduation and Recognition Dinner for Helper and Mechanic Graduates, newly promoted Foremen, and Coaches July 23rd. In attendance were Marek Management, Workforce Development Staff, Industry Representatives, Training Partners, and Honorees with their guests.Twenty-one Graduating Helpers, with the help of their outstanding Coaches, had... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on Jul 23, 2014

At an early age, young children, especially boys, are given all sorts of construction toys. These toys spark creativity and allow our kids the opportunity to use their imagination. They develop concepts such as structural design and receive an early introduction into math, physics, mechanics, and engineering, all of which are turned into fun... read more

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