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by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 15, 2019

 We have all experienced slipping, tripping, stumbling or falling. Usually, the only result is that you feel silly, embarrassed, and perhaps got a scrape or bruise. But falls kill 1,200 people at work a year. They are the biggest cause of accidental death in the workplace. More than 33,000 people are disabled every year from falling down stairs,... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 10, 2019

 Mandatory Topic:Notice to Supervisors: Mandatory Demonstration requires a Minimum of 20 minutes to effectively cover topic.You will need to demonstrate material handling with at least two different sizes of rock: refer to weight/loading information listed below that was obtained from our suppliers. You will need to demonstrate manual handling of... read more

by Marek Brothers on Apr 8, 2019

The following article was authored by Scott Braddock and originally published on Construction Citizen.The filmmakers behind The Rational Middle documentary series on immigration took their show on the road in Austin this past week with a screening of two of their films at the Bullock Museum. After the films were shown, a robust discussion of the... read more

by Marek Brothers on Apr 2, 2019

MAREK Field Supervisor Jaime Ramos was recognized Friday at AGC Houston’s Patrick J. Kiley Excellence in Leadership Awards Program as the 2018 AGC Standard of Excellence Award winner. Jaime, nominated by McCarthy Builders for his outstanding work on the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) Glassell School project last year, shares this award with... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Apr 2, 2019

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 Marek Brothers on Mar 22, 2019

Over the past few decades, Chief Operating Officer for Marek Brothers Mike Holland has seen the construction industry change.

by Marek Brothers on Mar 21, 2019

The filmmakers behind the award-winning Rational Middle documentary series on immigration will showcase their work and host a discussion on the issue at an event next week in Austin.

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 19, 2019

 An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 13, 2019

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 the lung tissue reacts by... read more

by Marek Brothers on Mar 8, 2019

A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to visit the jobsite of the new Memorial Hermann patient care tower in the Texas Medical Center, where I spoke with two MAREK craft professionals who are both working on the project, and who both happen to be women. This is the second of those two interviews, in which I interviewed foreman Gloria Palau about... read more

by Marek Brothers on Mar 7, 2019

The following article was authored by Scott Braddock and originally published on Construction Citizen.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Thursday told a group of business leaders and others gathered at Rice University that he’s proud to lead a city that’s fighting the Texas Legislature’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants under last session’s ... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Mar 6, 2019

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:... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 26, 2019

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 Jorge Vazquez on Feb 20, 2019

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 Jorge Vazquez on Feb 14, 2019

 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) while handling metal framing, trash and... read more

by Marek Brothers on Feb 12, 2019

The following article was authored by Construction Career Collaborative (C3) Executive Director Chuck Gremillion:Recently, Construction Career Collaborative (C3) board chairman, Mike Holland, COO of MAREK, board members Jerry Lea, Executive Vice President of Hines, Jim Stevenson, immediate past board chair of C3 and President of the Houston... read more

by Marek Brothers on Feb 7, 2019

The following article was authored by Elizabeth McPherson and originally published on Construction Citizen.Last month I visited an active construction site in the Texas Medical Center where I was able to interview two MAREK craft professionals who are both working on a hospital construction project, and who both happen to be women.  This is the... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Feb 6, 2019

Caught in or between and struck by hazards are two of OSHA’s Focus Four. These types of incidents continue to cause many fatalities and serious injuries annually.A struck by injury is caused by forcible contact or impact between the injured person and an object or piece of equipment. A caught in or between injury maybe similar to struck by... read more

by Marek Brothers on Feb 1, 2019

The United States’ program for high-skilled immigrant workers, H-1B visas, is a portion of the immigration picture that even President Donald Trump has said is necessary and should potentially be expanded. "We absolutely have to be able to keep the brain power in this country,” said then-candidate Trump in 2016 as he was in the hunt for the GOP... read more

by Jorge Vazquez on Jan 29, 2019

DISCIPLINARY POLICYAll companies, no matter what their business, have certain rules of behavior, which must be observe 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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