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Amy Materson is the Managing Editor of Equipment World. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Alabama, and has been a member of the Equipment World staff since 2006. Materson’s responsibilities include managing the flow of content for the magazine and providing coverage on a variety of topics that include new product information and safety.


3 tips for staying safe inside road construction work zones

Jul 25, 2014

3 tips for staying safe inside road construction work zones

Although many types of construction work can be considered hazardous, few tasks are more dangerous than those conducted in road construction work zones. A number of construction site hazards can be mitigated through effective control measures, but the unpredictability of other ...

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3 free safety apps available for use on the jobsite

Jul 09, 2014

3 free safety apps available for use on the jobsite

Being an effective safety manager means more than just holding your obligatory toolbox talk and annual safety training meetings. Developing a proactive approach to safety is not only vital to protecting your workers and the company’s interest at large, it ...

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PPE is still important in the heat

Jul 02, 2014

PPE is still important in the heat

During the intense heat of the summer, it’s hard to stay cool when working outside. That’s why it’s tempting for construction workers to skip wearing their personal protective equipment on the hottest days of the year. Gloves can quickly make ...

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Volvo expects 6,000 visitors in next year at new 20,000-square-foot North American Customer Center

Jun 27, 2014

Volvo expects 6,000 visitors in next year at new 20,000-square-foot North American Customer Center

More than 6,000 customers, operators and dealers are expected to visit Volvo’s Shippensburg, Pa.-based Customer Center in its first year. The new facility on Monday hosted ribbon cutting ceremonies by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Rep. Scott ...

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3 ways to become a better business leader

Jun 20, 2014

3 ways to become a better business leader

As anyone who has ever owned a business can tell you, being in charge and being a leader isn’t necessarily the same thing. When you’re running a company, it’s important to make conscious decisions as a leader that will not ...

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Avoid these 3 safety training obstacles

Jun 16, 2014

Avoid these 3 safety training obstacles

As many as a million construction workers participated in Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) National Fall Safety Stand Down earlier this month. I saw a number of press releases, photos and tweets from companies that were participating in the ...

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How to resolve employee conflicts

Jun 05, 2014

How to resolve employee conflicts

We all experience some conflict from time to time, whether it’s in our personal lives or in the workplace. Minor disagreements are to be expected, and in many cases, should not be perceived as negative. Differing opinions in the workplace are ...

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3 Ways to Avoid Heat-Related Illness

Apr 18, 2014

3 Ways to Avoid Heat-Related Illness

With the long deep freezes all around the country this winter, most of us have been looking forward to lots of sunshine and warmer weather. For those who work outside though, keeping cool is a must as the temperature climbs. Heat ...

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Chicago Pneumatic introduces new compact tandem asphalt rollers, soil compactors

Nov 04, 2013

Chicago Pneumatic introduces new compact tandem asphalt rollers, soil compactors

Chicago Pneumatic has expanded their range of light compaction equipment with the introduction of a line of compact tandem asphalt rollers and soil compactors. The new models, available in North America, are the gasoline-powered AR90G small articulated tandem asphalt roller, the ...

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(World of Concrete report) New Cushman utility vehicle designed just for jobsites

Feb 13, 2013

(World of Concrete report) New Cushman utility vehicle designed just for jobsites

Cushman launched a new utility vehicle during World of Concrete, held Feb. 5-8 in Las Vegas. The 16-horsepower Hauler 1500X, not designed for recreational use, is meant for transporting tools and personnel quickly around large jobsites. The vehicle has top speed ...

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Putzmeister America launches ready mix truck line

Feb 11, 2013

Putzmeister America launches ready mix truck line

Concrete pump manufacturer Putzmeister America has extended its reach in the market with a line of ready mix trucks, launched Wednesday at World of Concrete. Two mixer designs are available – the Pro Series standard ready mix truck and the ...

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(World of Concrete) Kubota launches three new compact excavators at World of Concrete

Feb 08, 2013

(World of Concrete) Kubota launches three new compact excavators at World of Concrete

LAS VEGAS–Kubota unveiled three new compact excavators at World of Concrete – the KX040-4, KX018-4 and the U35-4. The machines, which replace older models, include a number of enhancements, says Keith Rohrbacker, construction equipment product manager for Kubota. “New features ...

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