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by Shannon Zweifel on Apr 19, 2016

Have you ever been asked what you wanted to be when you grow up? When you answered, were you encouraged to explore these opportunities? Were your options limitless? On Saturday, April 9th, Houston ISD students did just that. Students ranging from kindergarten to seniors in high school were able to explore career opportunities and picture... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 13, 2016

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 Mike Holland on Apr 12, 2016

Marek Chief Operating Officer Mike Holland wrote the following "Letter from the Chair" for ABC Houston's Build Houston magazine. Holland is the 2016 ABC Greater Houston Chair.I write this message with great pride as I return from the ABC Workforce week in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. While the primary focus of the event is the National Craft... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 6, 2016

Hot weather causes more fatalities than any other weather-related source. Heat waves rarely are given adequate attention but in fact, they claim more lives each year than floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes combined. Heat waves are a silent killer. Heatstroke also affects both genders equally. However, because many men were exposed to heat in the... read more

by John Hinson on Mar 30, 2016

Marek Dallas Division President John Hinson wrote the following President’s Message for AWCI's Construction Dimensions magazine. Hinson is the 2015-2016 President of AWCI.A friend recently called me to vent about an audit by the Department of Homeland Security on his concrete business. Seeing me as an understanding ear, he related the impact this... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 28, 2016

WaterThe natural choice for hydration is water. It hydrates better than any other liquid, both before and during work. Water tends to be less expensive and more available than any other drink. You need to drink 4-6 ounces of water for every 15-20 minutes of work. That can add up to a lot of water! Water is the best, but it only helps you if you... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 24, 2016

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 Mike Holland on Mar 24, 2016

Marek Chief Operating Officer Mike Holland wrote the following "Letter from the Chair" for ABC Houston's Build Houston magazine. Holland is the 2016 ABC Greater Houston Chair.I want to wish all of our ABC Greater Houston members a happy and prosperous 2016. We are indeed blessed to be in Houston, and the great state of Texas. While the impact of... read more

by John Hinson on Mar 18, 2016

Marek Dallas Division President John Hinson wrote the following President’s Message for AWCI's Construction Dimensions magazine. Hinson is the 2015-2016 President of AWCI.Brothers John, Bill (the AWCI’s president in 1984) and Ralph Marek founded Marek Brothers Company in 1938. While John and Bill have passed on to be with our Lord, Ralph, 90, is... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 15, 2016

The “War on Falls” was declared with only one thing in mind – to prevent injuries by eliminating fall exposures. Zero tolerance and suspensions are merely tools to deal with a violation after it occurs. The ultimate goal is eliminate the exposure in the first place. That can only be accomplished by each and every one of us understanding what is... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 11, 2016

Note to Supervisors: Read and prepare. Your objective is to point out the dangers of the most common – AND PREVENTABLE – causes of serious accidents. Explain practices to help avoid these types of accidents. You should hold this meeting on the floor so you can move around and point out and identify possible slip, trip and fall hazards.We have all... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 7, 2016

Your head is fragile and must be protected. A minor injury to any other part of your body would probably be a serious injury to your head. A recent study of motorcycle accidents revealed that there were three times more fatal or serious head injuries in a state not requiring helmets.In the construction industry more workers are killed each year... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 24, 2016

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 Feb 18, 2016

The following article was authored by Jasmine Swoope and originally published on BuildHoustonOnline.com.Houston, we have a Super Bowl!It has been more than a decade since the Super Bowl was hosted in Houston, Texas. Every year the Super Bowl, the unofficial American holiday, is the NFL’s crowning achievement, heaping massive amounts of attention... read more

by Sabra Phillips on Feb 17, 2016

What starts here makes us stronger.More than 50 Marek Leaders convened in Houston on January 27th and 28th to capture the Strength from Within our talented field leadership. The conference focused on getting back to basics – those core best practices used every day at the gangbox.Attendees included 25 Field Leaders – a sampling of top Foremen,... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 12, 2016

There are several dangers on job sites simple because of the nature of construction work. When the natural hazards found on construction jobs sites are compounded with clutter and debris, the hazard level increases and the potential for an accident or an injury substantially increases. A construction site with poor housekeeping creates an unsafe... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 3, 2016

You are at risk from falling objects when you are beneath equipment, scaffolds, etc., or where overhead work is being performed. There is a danger from flying objects when power tools, or activities like pushing, pulling, or prying, may cause objects to become airborne. Injuries can range from minor abrasions to concussions, blindness, or death.... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 1, 2016

Notice to Supervisors: Read and prepare for safety meeting. Make sure all employees understand the importance of following our Hazard Analysis and the procedures to work around sprinkler and electrical areas. Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard, exposing employees to such dangers as electrical shock, electrocution,... read more

by Marek Brothers on Jan 27, 2016

All Calls:Tuesday, February 9th:Build Your FutureFall ProtectionAcoustical GridPremier ProductsDrywall GridConstruye tu FuturoProteccion Contra CaidasRejilla AcusticaProductos PremierRejilla de Panel de YesoMonday, February 8th:Load Bearing MetalSheetrock ClinicMetal FramingCommitmentEar ProtectionMetalica PortanteClinica de SheetrockEstructura... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jan 25, 2016

Our first priority of this year is to enhance communication throughout every part of the MAREK workforce. One way we’re trying to achieve this is by arming everyone with the knowledge of how big our MAREK family has grown. Why are we doing this? Well, it’s because we have a ton of successful stories to tell and the one thing in common in all of... read more

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