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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

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

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