If you work in construction, it can be easy to take for granted going in and out of a job site. If you get used to showing up to work at a particular project it is easy to slip into autopilot. However, it is important to stay alert and aware of hazards that can be present.
The month of August which is usually the hottest part of the year for us in Southeast Texas. Most of our employees work outside so being aware of heat and working in the heat is important. Not only is it important for your personal safety, it is important to pay attention to your coworkers’ activity on the job.
It is a time of year that many of us in Southeast Texas do not want to think about, hurricane season. After the 2017 season and Hurricane Harvey, we do not want another storm. However, we cannot change what nature does and it is important to be prepared. Take the time to prepare each year and think about what could happen if a storm effects our area.
To wrap up National Safety Month, the National Safety Council (NSC) focuses on safe driving as this week’s topic. Driving safe is one of the most impactful changes we can make. Even if you don’t drive, you can stay safe in the car.
Trips and falls are probably not at the top of your mind as far as safety concerns go. However, they represent a major area of safety that is partly preventable. It may not always be possible to see a hazard or anticipate a where slipping can occur but we can take steps to prevent them. The third week of this National Safety Month focuses on falls, trips, and slips.
National Safety Month continues with a focus on health and wellness this week. Thinking about our health is often moved to the bottom of our priority list. Instead of looking at our overall wellness as an optional task, if we have time, we should see it as a necessity each day. When we focus on our health and wellbeing, we are able to perform at our highest level for our employers, employees, family, and friends.
Summer has started to heat up and the temperature is rising. Many Mason Construction, Ltd. employees work outside most days and have to be careful to maintain safe working conditions. Strenuous activities can easily lead to heat-related illness. Whether you are outside for work or personal time, monitor how your body is reacting to the heat.
As April ends, the official month for Distracted Drivers Awareness is coming to a close. That does not mean our awareness for the dangers of distracted driving should also end. It is important to continue to focus on safe driving four our safety and those around us.
April 9-13, 2018 celebrates National Work Zone Awareness Week. Work zones are areas most drivers will face at some point in their lives (probably on a regular basis). Most accidents in these areas can be prevented if we practice some common safety measures.
Are you stressed? Stress can come into our lives in a variety of ways. It could be from surprises or challenges in our personal lives and it could come from work situations. Construction work can be particularly stressful because of jobs not going according to plan and situations outside of our control delaying a project, such as weather.
Many schools around Southeast Texas are on spring break this week and heading back home this weekend. Additionally, the weather is starting to warm up and that means summer vacations on the way! Traveling is a great way to spend time together and it is important to keep safety in mind so you can enjoy your time away.
Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday with moving clocks forward one hour. As we move clocks forward, we lose an hour of sleep that can have negative consequences for many people. There could be health and safety concerns if you lose that hour of sleep.
Warmer weather has come around in Southeast Texas along with some wind and rain this week. As the temperatures warm, it is important to stay diligent on the road as driving conditions change. In looking back at Hurricane Harvey and the freezing temperatures we had in January, both of these events could affect the roads and cause unusual wear and tear. With floodwaters and freezing temperatures, we can expect to see more road construction than usual, as repairs could be needed.
One of our skills at Mason Construction, Ltd. is being able to adapt to fit our clients’ needs. We focus on safely completing any job to our client’s satisfaction. This means being able to work in a variety of situations and offering specialty services for a variety of projects.
Across Southeast Texas and the United States, we have seen a major increase of influenza. Sadly, the flu has taken lives of both young and old and remains a threat to individuals. While the flu vaccine has been widely debated, there are other steps we can take to avoid this sickness.
'Tis the season to decorate the house in festive lights, Christmas trees, and candles. It is also the season when fire departments see an increase in home fires with more flammable items around the home. What could cause a fire in your home?
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.