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Toolbox Talk Icon Open enrollment is closing on June 4, 2024. You still have time to evaluate the benefit choices that are available to you by MyMAREK.  If you do not complete your enrollment, your coverage elections will remain the same, except for contributions to your Medical Flexible Spending Account, Dependent Care Reimbursement Account, or Health… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon War on FallsHow to Report an Accident  How long you work for us is based on how you safely perform your job and meet the production expectations of your supervisor.  Every Front Line Supervisor is responsible for timely reporting of all work-related injuries, accidents and fall exposures. To help properly carry out his duties,… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon Open Enrollment is here!  May 09 – June 04. Make sure to log in to your MyMarek to review: Your elections Update people to cover & emergency contacts Add dependent SSNs Update beneficiaries for Life Insurance plans Update phone numbers and addresses  Carelessness Causes Accidents  Note to… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon    O.S.H.A. identifies falls as one of the four leading causes of fatalities in the construction industry. Therefore, employees must be trained to recognize fall exposures and have the authority to take corrective actions.  We have all heard the expression - ‘it is not the fall that hurts but the sudden stop at the end’.… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon We have talked about eye protection many times in the past. There is no question how fragile our eyes are and how important it is to protect them. We all know when to wear eye protection on the job, but today we want to talk about other eye injuries that occur and how to prevent them. The majority of eye injuries do not occur because we failed to… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon There are several dangers on job sites simply because of the nature of construction work.  When the natural hazards found on construction job 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… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon Stretch & Flex Construction is an athletic event! The importance of being warmed up before starting construction work (or any work involving heavy lifting) is just like getting ready for a sporting event. Stretching is a means to avoid the most common body sprain/strain injuries. Stretching before lifting is especially helpful to avoid… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon SAFETY AWARENESS FOR ECLIPSE EVENT As you may be aware, there's an exciting celestial event coming up on Monday, April 8th – a solar eclipse. While this phenomenon will only be visible for a limited time and in specific locations, it's important for us to address some safety concerns and guidelines to ensure everyone remains safe and… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon SILICA DUST AWARENESS Crystalline silica is a common mineral in the earth's crust and is found in many types of rock including sand, quartz, and granite. Silica is present in both work and non-work environments, and exposure to crystalline silica dust has long been known to cause a disease called silicosis. When you inhale crystalline silica… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon Line of Fire Safety TalkThe term “line of fire” is very common when talking about the hazards of a work task. Depending on the work being completed, there may be many different lines of fire or there could be very few. It is important to understand the “line of fire” and how to avoid being in it to prevent injuries. What is the “Line of Fire… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon MATERIAL HANDLING AND HAND SAFETY Sharp edges and puncture hazardsWhen you are handling metal, remember the sharp rolled edges. Every employee gets relaxed around metal: when you see your co-workers do this, remind them about the sharp edges. Many hand lacerations are caused by carelessness - losing your grip and not wearing gloves (PPE)… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon TOOLS AND EQUIPMENTTools and equipment include anything from ladders, scaffolds, utility knives, extension cords, hammers, etc. They seem simple, but tools and equipment can be hazardous on the job site or anywhere they are being used. Their greatest hazards are misuse and improper maintenance.Therefore, the Marek Family of Companies provides the… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon WAR ON FALLS: STILTSPROJECT SAFE STATES:Only those employees who have been certified under the company’s stilt policy will be allowed to use stilts.STILTS POLICY STATES:Employees shall always use a stable surface, scaffold, material stack, or wall for support when getting on or off stilts. When mounting stilts, the top leg strap first will be… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon DISCIPLINARY POLICYAll companies, no matter what their business, have certain rules of behavior that 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

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Toolbox Talk Icon GRAFFITI PREVENTION: PROTECTING OUR PROJECTSGood morning, team. Today's toolbox talk will focus on an important issue that affects our construction sites: graffiti.Graffiti not only damages the appearance of our sites but can also have significant repercussions on our projects. We must understand the impact of graffiti and take proactive measures… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK PART IIACCIDENTSIn 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… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon BATTERY-POWERED OUTERWEAR SAFETY Understanding the RisksToday, we're here to discuss an important aspect of our safety at work and in our daily lives – battery-powered outerwear. With the advent of technology, battery-powered heated jackets, vests, and other outerwear have become popular, providing warmth and comfort in cold weather. However… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK PART IATTENDANCERegular 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, tardiness, or early departures are not only inconvenient, but they are also costly problems. While it is recognized that occasional illness or personal… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon COLD WEATHER SAFETYAs 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… read more

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Toolbox Talk Icon HAZARD ANALYSISWORKING AROUND SPRINKLERS OR ELECTRICAL AREASNotice 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… read more