May 5-11, 2019 is Hurricane Preparedness Week. While we do not want another storm to come our way, it is important to be prepared each year. As we always say, it is easier to be prepared and not have an issue, than to not be prepared and have to act last minute.
March recognizes National Nutrition Month with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This education and informational event helps bring awareness to the importance of making positive food choices and "developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” This includes health and safety around the kitchen and other areas that involve food.
The third week of March recognizes National Poison Prevention Week. This awareness period is a time to evaluate safety measures we take around work and home. Across the country, organizations and communities promote tips and services that can help prevent poisoning.
A change in schedule, such as Daylight Saving Time, can interrupt a person’s sleep cycle. Fatigue can affect every aspect of our lives from work to personal activities. It can even be dangerous depending on what kind of work you do.
Starting today, many people in Southeast Texas are headed out for spring break. It is a great chance to rest and relax in the middle of the school year for students, parents, and teachers. Make sure this year stays safe in order for everyone to enjoy it.
During the month of March, focus is on raising awareness for Workplace Eye Wellness. Prevent Blindness is a resource for eye related issues and questions for both adults and children. This organization began in the early 1900’s to conduct research and prevent blindness in children, whenever possible. Their website offers information for safety both on and off the job.
Construction can be annoying as a driver but it usually means improvement to roadways and maintenance for continued safety. Therefore, it is necessary. While construction causes delays during the project, in some cases it can help speed up the flow of traffic later on.
Our version of winter is here for Southeast Texas. We are expecting to see temperatures down into the mid-forties and up into the mid-sixties through next week. If you have a construction job or another career that keeps you outside in various conditions, it is important to stay aware of the weather. While it may not be a major safety issue in Southeast Texas, at least not on a regular basis, it is important to dress appropriate in order to stay comfortable on the job.
Cleaning and de-cluttering the home has been popular on social media this week. There are books, shows on Netflix, and plenty of blog posts about how to clean and organize a home. These tips can also be applied to the office. So, start the year by getting organized and clearing your work space.
Chilly weather is in Southeast Texas this week and forecasted into next week too. While we do not usually have to worry about extreme temperatures, it is important to keep weather conditions in mind when working outside. It is easy to forget the weather and arrive at a job site unprepared.
It is beginning to feel a lot like winter today in Southeast Texas with temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s! The holiday season is here with festive décor, office parties, and shopping for gifts. While this is the most wonderful time of year for many people, it is also a hazardous time of year with more decorations, holiday food, and package deliveries. Stay safe this year with some helpful holiday tips.
We are expecting heavy rain in Southeast Texas overnight and through tomorrow. Flash flood warnings are in effect with this weather forecast. It is a busy time of year to be worried about the weather, therefore, as you are out stay safe!
The holiday season is here and that means holiday parties, special events, and activities with friends and family. During this time, it is easy to find ourselves staying out later throughout the week to get to everything planned. Make sure you are getting enough rest in the midst of the holiday rush.
Last week, we highlighted ways our employees are giving back to Southeast Texas. That was just a few examples with the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and the Humane Society of Southeast Texas. We are pleased and grateful to have a variety of nonprofits that our employees support. Some we may not even know about to highlight in a blog.
How are you investing in the community? At Mason Construction, Ltd. we believe that it is important to give back and add value where you operate. As a company we have the ability to do this and we encourage our employees to do the same.
Next week we will be holding an in-house job fair at Mason Construction, Ltd! We have an immediate need for experienced industrial carpenters, heavy equipment operators, cement finishers, and surveyors, recruiters will be hiring on the spot for work at ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery. If you are interested in a career in construction with long term potential, competitive pay, benefits, and a family atmosphere, apply, interview and get hired all in one day.
Labor Day means a three-day holiday weekend for a lot of us. It also means more people potentially traveling for the holiday and enjoying time with friends and family. As with many holidays, more people may be on the road this weekend. Additionally, this may be the last weekend of summer fun like swimming and grilling. Those elements can also present hazards. Stay safe and alert!
As a construction company, it is easy to think of safety in regards to job site and heavy equipment hazards. While office workers may be at a lower risk for injuries, it is important to remember safety in and around the office. What may seem line small items can become larger challenges if not addressed. According to Safety and Health Magazine, over 80,000 office and administrative workers were injured on-the-job in 2008. Some of these injuries could have been prevented if precautions were taken and individuals recognized risks around the office.
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.