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by Jorge Vazquez on Dec 20, 2016

Do you often need to make strange or awkward movements to get your work done? Long reaches, twists, bends and stretches put your shoulders, back and elbows in uncomfortable and unnatural positions. These postures can injure your nerves and even blood vessels that supply your muscle.Merely reaching behind you or above your head can put your body... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Dec 1, 2016

When was the last time you saw someone "on the job" also on their phone? In a single day a large number of employees are checking their phones:Reading and typing text messages while trying to operate power toolsUpdating social platforms with their latest selfies and posting unsafe condition of their work area.While in the Porta Potty taking a... read more

by Marek Brothers on Nov 22, 2016

Last month the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) unveiled their stunning new space in Partnership Tower which will serve as a meeting place for heads of state, senior business leaders from around the world, and others who visit to learn more about the greater Houston area. The construction of the space was achieved using the principles of the... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Nov 21, 2016

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 Nov 16, 2016

At MAREK 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.We, as a group of employees, must focus on safety and prevention by practicing problem identification and problem solving. To work at MAREK you must care about safety by paying attention to and... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Nov 10, 2016

As the weather becomes “frightful” during winter months, construction workers who must brave the outdoor conditions face the occupational hazard of exposure to the cold. You need to be especially mindful of the weather, its effects on the body, and proper prevention techniques.Environmental conditionsThe following four environmental conditions are... read more

by Bret Young on Nov 9, 2016

On Thursday, October 27th, MAREK’s DFW office held an event at the Texas Star Theater in Grapevine, Texas thanking McCarthy for being our contractor of the year and HKS for being our architect of the year. Overall we had 47 attendees show up to help us uncover the murder of Derrick Von Spindletop. Was it his wife, Seth Pool, or the two new... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Nov 3, 2016

The Marek Family of Companies wants to take this opportunity to give thanks to the most important part of our business – YOU. We hope that you and your family have had a safe and healthy year. We hope you can spend these holidays with family and be able to give thanks for what you have.All of us at Marek can be thankful for another year. We want... read more

by David Schlater on Nov 2, 2016

On Wednesday (October 26th) CEF Dallas hosted their 6th Annual “Build Your Future” Career Day. The day was a big success with a total of 60 exhibitors from the construction industry. There were 43 schools that attended with a total of 1,517 students. Marek had both an indoor and outdoor booth this year.Our BIM department supported the team by... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Oct 27, 2016

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.At the Marek Family of Companies we thrive on having safe equipment. Keep in mind that equipment is only as safe as the people who use it... read more

by Whitney Martin on Oct 25, 2016

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” - Ralph Waldo EmersonWhat makes a house a home? Is it the different smells, the sounds, the flaws, the security of knowing you're safe, four walls and a roof, or maybe the memories... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Oct 17, 2016

Working in confined spaces can be pretty common in construction. If you’ve ever had to run conduit in a crawl space or install insulation in a cramped attic, you have worked in a confined space. If that crawl space or attic had some kind of hazard in it- such as volatile fumes from spry insulation or high temperatures caused by the heat of a... read more

by Marek Brothers on Oct 12, 2016

The following article was authored by Mark L. Johnson and originally published in AWCI's Construction Dimensions magazine.John Hinson is giving away trade secrets.“We want to improve everyone in the workforce, not just our people,” says the Dallas–Fort Worth Division President at Marek in Coppell, Texas.Specifically, Hinson has licensed the Marek... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Oct 5, 2016

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 Yesenia Aguilar on Sep 30, 2016

One of the key success factors for Marek’s craft training program is the coaching component. Craft coaches must first become Coach Qualified before partnering with a trainee in the field to pass on their knowledge within a structured on-the-job training program.“It is important to learn all of the skills associated with a craft, but it is just as... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Sep 27, 2016

Note to Supervisors: Explain to your employees on your own words the importance of being safe for their families and friends.Accidents occur for many reasons. In most jobsites people tend to look for "things" or “people” to blame when an accident happens, because it's easier than looking for "root causes," Failure to Pre-Plan the Work:There is a... read more

by Marek Brothers on Sep 26, 2016

Ulf Wolf, long-time writer for AWCI’s Construction Dimensions Magazine, conducts a Q&A below with Marek’s Director of Talent Development, Sabra Phillips, for an upcoming feature article on Leadership: Present and Future.Be on the lookout for the November 2016 article to learn what Ulf discovers from other leaders across the wall and ceiling... read more

by Stan Marek on Sep 23, 2016

As the debate about illegal immigration rages at the national level thanks to the vitriolic rhetoric of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, it's high time for all of us to take a look at how the broken system is negatively affecting people right here in our own community.My entire career has been spent in construction, so I've been... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Sep 22, 2016

Mobile (also known as rolling) scaffold setups require you to use the same common sense safety rules that apply to the use of stationary upright scaffolding. You should always keep the planks clean; never overload the unit and watch where you are walking.In addition, they require a separate set of cautions that are particular to their design.... read more

by Sabra Phillips on Sep 20, 2016

Earlier this summer, Marek sponsored the very first Texas A&M Summer Construction Academy, in partnership with TAMU Professor Dr. Edelmiro Escamilla, the TAMU College of Construction Science, and the GEAR UP Program.This career exploration program is part of a larger research initiative led by Dr. Escamilla’s team and designed to introduce and... read more

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