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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 Karey Windham on Apr 7, 2014

Marek’s Atlanta Branch sponsored and participated in the annual CEFGA Career Expo and Skills USA State Championship on March 13th-14th. This event is regarded as one of the nation’s top construction and SkillsUSA events and had 7212 students in attendance this year.The Career Expo is Georgia’s largest interactive career exploration event and is... read more

by Marek Brothers on Apr 3, 2014

Originally posted by Scott Braddock on Construction Citizen.com.The problem of human trafficking in construction and other industries was on full display at the American Jewish Committee's Immigration Summit 3.0 on March 18 at Rice University in Houston.  The panel discussion – featuring Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia... 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 Christel Qualls-Rhineberger on Mar 24, 2014

Attached are two articles from our resource library that will be good to distribute to your estimators (or set on the shelf in the restroom next to the air freshener).The first is the transformation of interior plaster and wood lath to studs and drywall in 1920This also covers the introduction of metal lath into the industry in 1884 but not widely... 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 Marek Brothers on Mar 17, 2014

The following is a blog written by a student at John Jay Science and Engineering Academy in San Antonio, who took part in the A.C.E. (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor Program, which mentors and inspires high school students to pursue careers in design and construction.My name is Maricela Casanova, and my involvement in the... read more

by Whitney Martin on Mar 12, 2014

Marek has been honored to work with and teach many great interns throughout the years. Keenan McCord has worked in Marek's Dallas office and Houston office so far. Watch below as he discusses what it's like to be an intern for Marek.

by Stacy Gunderson on Mar 10, 2014

The Build Your Future (BYF) initiative along with various industry partners are excited to announce that they have teamed up in San Antonio to host a Construction Career Day event on April 9, 2014 at Freeman Coliseum's Expo Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.We are anticipating over 600 students from 20 different schools from San Antonio and the... read more

by Stacy Gunderson on Mar 3, 2014

Marek Austin recently hosted a group of 6 high school students from San Marcos ISD’s Advanced Construction Technology class.Students were greeted by Brendan Doyle, Division President who gave them a warm welcome and explained the importance of working for a reputable company and being a part of a good team. Brendan also walked the students through... 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 Marek Brothers on Feb 24, 2014

The following is a blog written by a student at John Jay Science and Engineering Academy in San Antonio, who took part in the A.C.E. (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor Program, which mentors and inspires high school students to pursue careers in design and construction.My name is Tristan Brown and during my junior year, I applied... 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 Katrina Kersch on Feb 17, 2014

Please read this article! Workforce Development is More Than Just Training.As our workforce program has grown in depth, scope and experience, I would like to pause and reflect on what workforce development looks like versus conducting training programs. As our team takes on career paths development opportunities for our professional employees, the... 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 Katrina Kersch on Feb 10, 2014

On February 6, 2014, Marek hosted the 2014 strategic planning session for the Construction Career Collaborative. Marek has supported the organization from its inception. Mike Holland, President of Houston Division, is currently serving on the board of directors. As the former Acting Executive Director, I participated along with the board,... read more

by Whitney Martin on Feb 6, 2014

Marek was called by  Joe Cleary with DE Harvey, to take part in a in a project that Joe is very passionate about. The project was to build out the new office space for Helping a Hero, an organization that restores lives and builds homes for severely wounded veterans injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each adapted home helps the wounded hero... read more

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