This weekend we will "fall back” as Daylight Saving Time ends and the days get shorter on Sunday, November 5th. With the time change, most of us will be driving in the dark more often. Driving in the dark, along with fatigue from long work hours, and other distractions can make driving at night more dangerous.
Fall is in the air! Especially as today, September 22, 2017, marks the first official day of fall. Some people look forward to pumpkin spices lattes, special holidays, and cooler weathers. As we head into the season, be aware of a different type of "fall.” The kind that can cause injury. Preventing falls is something we can work towards in the office and at home.
Life after Hurricane Harvey means continuing to rebuild and recover from the storm and flooding. Unfortunately, that also means scammers could become more prevalent, preying on individuals who are stressed and overwhelmed. Be careful of contractors coming from other areas or new companies starting to profit from individuals’ loss.
Our family and friends in Southeast Texas are constantly in our thoughts and prayers, this week, as we start working on clean up after Hurricane Harvey. This has been one of the largest natural disasters in our area and the recovery period is just beginning. As families start to clean up their homes and businesses, please be safe.
As children are going back to school, activity on playgrounds will be back up. Today, there are many more safety features to playgrounds compared to years ago. Even though they are safer, there are still a lot of emergency room visits for playground-related injuries to children fourteen years old and younger.
Did you know construction is one of the industries with the highest rates of suicides, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)? Suicide is one of the top ten leading causes of death for people over 16 years of age. We can help prevent suicide by being diligent and communicating with colleagues.
Prepare while you can, before a disaster hits. Part two of our tropical storm preparation posts is here and we are highlighting ways to protect your property now and in the future.
Tropical Storm Cindy mostly bypassed Southeast Texas, last week. However, it is a good reminder to take time today to prepare your home and business for possible storms. As in any safety situation, it is better to take an hour or two to prepare than get into the middle of an issue and not know what to do.
Easter is often associated with the start of the spring season and a great time to gather with family and friends. As you get ready to celebrate spring and Easter this weekend, keep in mind safety tips for the holiday. Whether you are traveling to visit someone else or if you are hosting the celebrations at your home.
This week has been unpredictable with weather, including heavy rain and wind yesterday. And the weather forecast for Sunday looks like more is on the way. During extreme weather, it is important to stay safe and calm for whatever challenges you may face.
We are proud of our employees who are so involved in our community and give back with their time, talent, and financial resources. We get involved whenever we can as a company. Mason Construction, Ltd. recently participated in the 2017 Aim for Life Sporting Clays Shoot as a Silver sponsor.
Each February, the American Burn Association (ABA) observes Burn Awareness Week. According to ABA that week is "designed to provide an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities.” Burns can occur at home and at the office, depending on your work environment.
More than 4 million workers suffer a nonfatal injury or illness each year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A first aid kit can be extremely useful in responding to an injury and/or emergency. Do you have a first aid kit easily accessible in your office? Do you have one at your home?
Safety should be an important topic regardless of where you work and what industry you are building a career in. It is especially important in the construction industry because of the environment we work. Mason Construction, Ltd. prioritizes safety for the benefit of our colleagues and other companies we work with.
If you have lived in Southeast Texas for very long you soon learn that the weather is unpredictable. During the winter it is even more so with temperatures fluctuating on a daily basis. Whether you are sticking around town for the holidays or traveling to see family and friends, take a look at some of these tips for winter weather.
December is here and the holiday rush has started. There are a lot of events, holiday parties, and shopping trips to make during the next thirty days and that means more vehicles in the road at the same time. At the same time, it is important to remember what is important in life and take extra care when driving in traffic.
Working with industry affiliates is important to us at Mason Construction, Ltd. Safety organizations are especially important to our company as they can help provide information and industry tips to keep our employees as safe as possible. The Houston Area Safety Council (HASC) is one such safety organization.
Many people have been coming down with colds and/or allergies this week and it serves as a reminder that we have entered into flu season. If you work around a lot of people on a regular basis, it makes it easier to contract the flu or some other virus. There are some simple things one can do to try and prevent getting sick and they are healthy habits anyway.
As we head into the fall months and the days get shorter, take precautions when driving at night. Driving after dark is the most dangerous time to drive as more accidents happen between dusk and dawn. Nighttime driving can be more difficult if someone has vision problems. During the holiday season, more people are on the road during the evening hours as they are traveling to and from holiday parties and events.
Vehicle safety is important to all parts of life including your personal and work experiences. Backing up vehicles can be a major concern on job sites and around town since it is often hard to see people who are in the area. Moreover, school is back in session so it is even more important to watch for children in the pick-up and drop-off areas.
As you can see from our past blog posts and on our website, Mason Construction, Ltd. works with a variety of industrial affiliates to stay current in both industry and safety information. DISA Global Solutions is an organization we have been a part of for many years and we continue to work with. They focus on safety and provide many services to their clients.
"What We Do" continued - you know Mason Construction, Ltd. as a Heavy Industrial Construction Contractor and we are always expanding our expertise. In 2004, we expanded into piling construction and have been growing ever since. We always put safety as our first priority.
Mid-August is the time of year when students and teachers are returning to a new school year. With the start of school, we can expect more traffic on the road both with vehicles and pedestrians. It is important to take some extra precautions in order to drive safely.
Mason Construction, Ltd. has built a reputation for concrete work in the area and that has become the largest part of our business. As with all of our work, we focus on safely completing concrete projects for our clients.
Fourth of July is this weekend with family and friends enjoying barbecues, fireworks, and summer trips. We hope you all have a fun and safe celebration and enjoy a great holiday! While you are celebrating, keep some safety tips in mind.
Summer officially started on June 20 this year and that means the Southeast Texas heat is here to stay for a few months. Whether you are outside for work or personal time, monitor how your body is reacting to the heat.
Since we just experienced a shelter-in-place because of the bomb threat in Beaumont, do you know what to do in such as situation? Whether you are at home or at work, knowing what steps to take during this type of situation is important. Not only does it help protect workers and surrounding residents, it also helps authorities complete their job efficiently and maintain a safe environment.
Mason Construction, Ltd. has always worked to be a safe company and in the 1980's we focused on building a safety culture within our company. We implemented in-house safety trainings, policies, and procedures as well as collaborated with industry affiliates who focus on providing safety education and information. The National Safety Council is an organization we are proud to be a member.
Memorial Day weekend is here and many people will be enjoying a long weekend with family and friends. While enjoying time with those we love, it is important to remember the reason for the holiday. Mason Construction, Ltd. honors those who died in active military service and remember the sacrifice they and their families made.
In the construction industry, workers have to be prepared to work in various weather conditions and do so safely. Mason Construction, Ltd. is headquartered in Southeast Texas so we have seen our fair share of rain. When employees work in rain, they face more challenges on the job site. Rain can make surfaces slippery and visibility low.
Last week we wrote about some general information about portable fire extinguishers and what different types of fire extinguishers are designed for. This week, we are looking at how use a fire extinguisher safely. Hopefully, you will never have to use this information but in the unfortunate event of a fire this may help prepare you.
Businesses have to be aware and plan for many types of possible emergencies. Fire safety is often at the top of the list. One of the critical questions is whether an employee should fight a small fire with an extinguisher or to evacuate.
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is an association that represents companies in the construction industry. They have built a strong nationwide network with over 26,000 firms being represented.
In light of the recent flaring at the ExxonMobil refinery in Beaumont, we thought it would be useful to discuss what flares are used for. Mason Construction, Ltd. works in a variety of industrial facilities and many of them use flares as safety devices. Most of the time flaring is not cause for alarm.
Here in Southeast Texas, we all know that the weather is unpredictable. This past Christmas was one of the warmest on record and now that we are into January, it still feels warm out. But this weekend we are supposed to get some colder weather. That means conditions Southeast Texans may not be accustomed to.
Mason Construction, Ltd. stays connected to industry leaders in order to stay up to date on the latest information and procedures that benefit our company and clients. Deep Foundations Institute is an affiliation we have continued through the years.