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by Whitney Martin on Sep 23, 2015

On August 21, 2015, Marek recognized our outstanding partners in the industry for 2015. Each year, Marek awards a General Contractor, Architect, and Supplier, Vendor, and Manufacturer of the Year to honor our partners whose work quality, professionalism, and innovation demonstrate the integrity each company brings to the entire construction... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Sep 21, 2015

Noise is one of the most common health problems in workplaces today. Right now, about 30 million workers are exposed to high noise levels. If you’re one of those workers, you may be losing some of your hearing. And, you might not realize it until it’s too late!!!Most of us take hearing for granted. When we go home at the end of a workday and when... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Sep 17, 2015

Let's take a quick test. How many basic senses do we have at birth? Name them. Is it one.... two.... four? I'm sure we all agree the answer is FIVE. These five senses are SIGHT, HEARING, TASTE, TOUCH and SMELL. If you were faced with sacrificing four of these five basic senses, which ones would you keep? Most people would keep their sense of SIGHT... read more

by John Hinson on Sep 14, 2015

Marek Dallas Division President John Hinson wrote the following President’s Message for AWCI's Construction Dimension magazine. Hinson is the 2015-2016 President of AWCI.I  take great pleasure in complementing our craftsmen’s work. They have the talent and artistic ability to build today’s landmarks, and it takes years of training and experience... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Sep 9, 2015

A chop saw is essentially a lightweight circular saw mounted on a spring-loaded pivoting arm, and supported by a metal base. Chop saws are considered the best saw to get very exact, square cuts. Compound miter saws have been developed due to the limited cutting capacity of the chop saw. These are basically chop saws that can make bevel cuts as... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Sep 2, 2015

Safety rules are a nuisance. They restrict you from doing what you want to do in the way you want to do it. You would think that the person who wrote safety rules must have been an old fuddy-duddy who couldn't stand to see people having fun--that they sat down with their aching corns and wrote the safety rules much the way some musicians compose... read more

by Marek Brothers on Aug 27, 2015

Authored by Elizabeth McPherson and originally published on ConstructionCitizen.com.

by Marek Brothers on Aug 25, 2015

Authored by Elizabeth McPherson and originally published on ConstructionCitizen.com.

by Jorge Vazquez on Aug 24, 2015

Of all the equipment placed at our disposal, common hand tools, which we take for granted, are the most useful and the most often abused.A recent review of construction injuries reveals quite a number of minor accidents involving the use of hand tools. To counteract this trend, it would be wise to review the basic rules governing the use of hand... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Aug 17, 2015

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 Jorge Vazquez on Aug 12, 2015

Most people don’t think much about their feet, until a foot begins to hurt. Damage to even one bone, ligament, or muscle in the foot can be very painful and make it difficult or impossible for you to keep on your feet and do your job. Unfortunately, statistics tell us that work related foot injuries are common.Foot injuries can result from:Broken... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Aug 6, 2015

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

by Marek Brothers on Aug 4, 2015

On Friday July 24th, the Atlanta Branch of Marek was honored at the Annual Gilbane Appreciation Breakfast and awarded the Subcontractor of the Year. Marek had the privilege of working this past year on Restoration Hardware’s new flagship store in Atlanta’s famed Buckhead.Marek Atlanta and Gilbane Building Company worked tirelessly to meet an... read more

by Marek Brothers on Jul 27, 2015

Here at Marek, we take great pride in not only the work that we're awarded, but also the people we employ. Receiving feedback on our employees is something that not only helps build morale, it helps bring us together as a company. This week we received an email from a Superintendent with Whiting-Turner about Marek foreman Gregorio Cardenas, who is... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jul 20, 2015

Project Safe new policy states: GLOVES: Employees will wear cut resistant gloves level 3 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... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jul 13, 2015

Mandatory Topic: Read, Be Prepared and Demonstrate to All EmployeesAttention All Foremen: You will demonstrate a powder-actuated tool to all your employees today. Safe production practices need to be covered in this meeting. You may choose to demonstrate multiple tools with live firing. Powder actuated fastening tools have many things in common... read more

by Marek Brothers on Jul 10, 2015

The following article was originally published in the July edition of AWCI's Construction Dimensions magazine. Don Procter writes about Marek's Dallas Division President and AWCI President John Hinson.Anyone who knows John Hinson can tell you that he has a lot to say in any conversation about the state of immigration reform and the abuse of... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jul 7, 2015

Mandatory Topic: Notice to Supervisors & Safety Advisors: Read and prepare for DEMONSTRATION of TOOL INSPECTION. Use a volunteer for demonstration.Tools and equipment include anything from ladders, scaffolds, utility knifes, extension cords, hammer, etc. They seem simple, but tools and equipment can be hazardous on the jobsite or anywhere they... read more

by Marek Brothers on Jul 6, 2015

Editor’s note: The following was authored by Jerry Nevlud, President and CEO of AGC Houston, and originally published in Cornerstone, the quarterly magazine of AGC Houston.  Reprinted with permission.“If you want something done, ask a busy person.”  I am not sure to whom or what Benjamin Franklin was referring when he made the statement, but he... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jul 1, 2015

There’s one hand tool that demands your respect over many others in the workplace, a tool that can cut you to the bone in an instant . . . the utility knife.Many workers use utility knives to cut drywall, ceiling tile, strapping, puncture shrinkwrap and open packaging. But one wrong move and these blades can do serious harm. In fact, nearly 40... read more

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