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by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 9, 2017

Project Safe new policy states:GLOVES: Employees will wear gloves any time they are handling any metal material including but not limited to, studs, track, ceiling grid, corner bead or any other sharp-edged or pointed material that creates an exposure for cuts or puncture wounds. In addition, gloves will be required anytime an employee is handling... read more

by Marek Brothers on Feb 6, 2017

John L., Bill, & Ralph Marek founded the Marek Family of Companies with a strong commitment to its employees and their families. The Marek brothers' tradition of developing and nurturing its employees provides a unique opportunity for individuals looking for a career in the construction industry. For that reason, the Marek Scholarship was... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 1, 2017

Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard, exposing employees to such dangers as electrical shock, electrocution, fires and explosions. However when we talk about fires, is also important to mention that sprinkler systems are installed in projects to prevent fire breakouts inside buildings, but when these lines with high-... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jan 27, 2017

DISCIPLINARY POLICYAll companies, no matter what their business, have certain rules of behavior which must be observed to ensure a productive, safe operation. The Marek Companies are no exception. For the welfare of all of us who work together on a day-to-day basis, certain actions are serious enough to warrant disciplinary procedures. Therefore,... read more

by Mike Holland on Jan 24, 2017

It is always gratifying to witness a group of construction leaders gathering to discuss the state of our workforce and what might be done if we acted in concert.I experienced that recently in Atlanta, Georgia at a meeting of the Construction Industry Employer's Roundtable. As a guest of MAREK and MEMCO Atlanta, I joined approximately 12... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jan 18, 2017

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 Jan 11, 2017

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 Jorge Vazquez on Jan 3, 2017

Marek hopes you had a great holiday season with your love ones. Is now time to look at our road ahead and is important to remember that safety is our top priority. We need to remember that we are not getting any younger and that an injury can not only put us out of work, but can also jeopardize your family’s well being.In fact, according to the... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Dec 27, 2016

All of us have exposed ourselves to possible injury by taking shortcuts when a few extra seconds would have meant doing something the safe way. We did this as children when we jumped the fence instead of using the gate. We do it today when we cross streets between intersections instead of at corners.Many people show disregard for the fact that... read more

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

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