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by Stacy Gunderson on Jun 3, 2014

The San Antonio Downtown Pearl District is getting yet another addition to this up and coming trendy destination. Pearl, which is a 22 acre site, is quickly becoming a culinary gathering place where you can eat, live, learn and play on the banks of the San Antonio River. This culinary and cultural destination has an abundance of entertaining... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on May 30, 2014

Power tools are used daily in our line of work; we use them to cut metal, secure fasteners, and shape materials. Knowing how to identify and use power tools safely and correctly is very important to our trade. That is why it is a valuable and necessary part of our Workforce Development Program.On Tuesday May 6th, our Austin apprentices who have... read more

by Chris Kelley on May 27, 2014

On May 15th 2014 ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) held their annual crawfish boil and construction expo. With 150 -200 pounds of crawfish to feed the public, it was time for Kenny Ocheltree, Scott Vlasek, and myself to get the water boiling and seasoned up for some crawfish. And of course, it is time for Scott’s “world famous” boudin... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on May 27, 2014

WHY TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER?Actually, we have no control over rain, snow, sleet, wind, lightning or sunshine. But we can control what happens on our job as a result of the elements. Some of the biggest problems on construction jobs are caused by wind and lightning. Wind probably causes the most accidents; lightning can be deadly.  WATCH OUT FOR... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on May 23, 2014

Marek was happy to aid in the planning of and to participate in the San Antonio Construction Career Day which was held on April 9th at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall. The event benefited 600 students who were given the opportunity to explore the different professions which are offered in the construction industry.At the event students had the... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on May 19, 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 Stacy Gunderson on May 13, 2014

Marek was the recipient the ASA San Antonio Pioneer Award for 2013. This award was given to Ralph, John and Bill Marek for their 75 years of endurance and success. The pioneer award is presented to persons that have made great changes and advancements within their industry, thereby bettering the construction industry as a whole.The criteria on... read more

by Chris Kelley on May 8, 2014

On April 4th and 5th Marek held its 35th annual Fishing Fools and BBQ cook-off at Thousand Trails Resort on Lake Conroe. With 14 fishing teams and 13 cooking teams it was a great turn out this year. Thank goodness the weather held up for us (rain was predicted all day in the forecast).Friday evening, we started the BBQ cook-off, with our jack pot... read more

by Paul Godwin on May 6, 2014

 After attending the Spring 2014 BIMFORUM in Boston, it is apparent that there is still an ongoing debate within the industry on how BIM should be used throughout the development of a project. The theme of Optimizing Design with BIM led to a wide variety of presentations that showed how there are very different methods in how BIM is utilized.... read more

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 30, 2014

In a marathon hearing held by Texas lawmakers on the issues of workers’ comp and worker misclassification, representatives from businesses and labor came together to talk about what could be done to level the playing field for ethical companies and improve the lives of middle class Texans. But, there was also significant pushback from certain... 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 Marek Brothers on Apr 25, 2014

The following article originally appeared on The Quorum Report and was republished with permission.The Texas House Business and Industry Committee on Tuesday got down to work on an extensive review of whether workers’ comp insurance should continue to be voluntary. Texas, as you may know, is the only state in which employers can opt out of workers... read more

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 Scott Vlasek on Apr 22, 2014

It amazes me to think how far technology in the construction industry has come over the past 25 or so years. I can remember being a spry, young bright-eyed high school drafting/wood shop student sitting at a drafting table lining up my paper with a t-square and a triangle. Fast forward to the present, and I’m certain high school kids have NO idea... read more

by Katrina Kersch on Apr 16, 2014

Now that the Texas Legislature is taking a hard look at the way education reforms are being implemented across the state, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my recent experience traveling to Austin to talk with the State Board of Education about this important issue.  As you might have heard, lawmakers passed a reform bill last year... 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 Marek Brothers on Apr 10, 2014

A Texas House Committee has set a hearing on the issue of worker misclassification and what more the state may need to do to combat the problem that is particularly rampant in the construction industry.The House Business and Industry Committee will take testimony on the implementation of a limited crackdown that was signed into law by Gov. Rick... 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

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