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by Jorge Vazquez on May 12, 2021

NOTE: Open enrollment period is May 17 to June 4, 2021. Be sure to login at MyMAREK.com and complete your enrollment. Virtual Meetings: May 19 at 4:30pm, May 20 at 4:30pm (SPANISH), May 25 at 11:30am and May 27 at 4:30pm (SPANISH). Sharp edges and puncture hazards When you are handling metal, remember the sharp... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on May 5, 2021

Note: Open Enrollment is here! This is your opportunity to examine your benefit choices and make changes to meet your current needs. The enrollment period is May 17, 2021 to June 4, 2021. We will be conducting virtual meetings this year, links for the meetings will go out via email and text soon. Be sure to login to MyMAREK.com to ensure you have... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 28, 2021

O.S.H.A. identifies falls as one of the four leading causes of fatalities in the construction industry. This is why employees must be trained to recognize fall exposures and have the authority to take corrective actions. We have all heard the expression "it’s not the fall that’s hurts but the sudden stop at the end." Think of a fall as “a sudden... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 22, 2021

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

by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 15, 2021

Scaffolding hazards continue to rank high on the list of the most frequently cited standards in construction. They also account for approximately 9 percent of all fatalities at construction worksites. When working on scaffolds, be sure you know and follow these SAFETY rules. We also want to remind you that we have a “ZERO TOLERANCE” for fall... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 7, 2021

Notice to supervisors: If you are not using stilts on your job, make sure you mention the War on Falls for ladders, lifts, scaffolds, guardrails, and holes. Make sure you also mention the two-day suspension for any fall exposure. PROJECT SAFE STATES: Only those employees who have been certified under the company’s stilt policy... read more

by Marek Brothers on Apr 1, 2021

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

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 31, 2021

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... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 24, 2021

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 tools Updating social platforms with their latest selfies and posting unsafe condition of their... read more

by Dan Schnippert on Mar 17, 2021

It is important for construction firms and project owners to understand how COVID-19 has impacted and continues to affect the availability and prices of construction materials and supplies. Virus outbreaks and lockdowns have inhibited the manufacturing and transportation of supplies, while a booming residential construction market has increased... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 17, 2021

DISCIPLINARY POLICY All 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.... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 10, 2021

Grab a ladder. Stand it up and climb. So simple anyone can do it, right? But if it really were all that simple, 130,000 people wouldn’t get hurt on ladders each year, would they? Most ladder accidents are caused by improper selection, setup or use, not defects. SELECTION Be sure the ladder you select is strong enough to support your weight and... read more

by Mike Holland on Mar 10, 2021

MAREK is blessed to have a super-strong team of women across our offices, in many roles, and growing every day. The resiliency, leadership, and determination shown by the women at MAREK is what makes us have hope that our future is bright, and made brighter by their contribution, illustrating the Strength From Within. Wherever you work, in... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 4, 2021

While recent news across the country might be confusing on the use of face mask or not, MAREK’s standard of care will not change at this time. Continue to wear your face covering over your nose and mouth and follow other guidelines. For example,  On jobsites, wear a face covering over your nose and mouth. If you are performing a task... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 25, 2021

ACCIDENTS In 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 Feb 18, 2021

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 conditions The following four environmental conditions... read more

by Stan Marek on Feb 3, 2021

Fresh from his swearing in on Inauguration Day, President Joe Biden went to the White House and issued a long-overdue proposal for reforming the broken U.S. immigration system. The echoes of the fireworks that evening had barely faded before Republicans began raising objections to it. Among other things, the plan would create an eight-year path ... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 3, 2021

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... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jan 28, 2021

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 warm-up exercises before work and after breaks reduces strain and sprain type injuries.These rules are:Warm... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jan 21, 2021

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... read more

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