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Amy Materson

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.

Steer clear: Be alert, aware and where you’re supposed to be

Steer clear: Be alert, aware and where you’re...

Posted on May 14, 2014

The accident: A laborer was tasked with moving mortar from the mixer to the jobsite’s staging area. The mortar was located under a tarp-covered area. Exiting the tarp area ...

Dump truck dangers: Stay away from backing vehicles

Dump truck dangers: Stay away from backing vehicles

Posted on May 14, 2014

The accident: Two dump truck drivers in a work zone were instructed to switch trucks. One of the drivers exited his truck and walked to the ...

Emergency exit: Proactive planning will help you escape in the event of a tip-over

Emergency exit: Proactive planning will help you escape...

Posted on May 14, 2014

The accident: The owner of an excavating company was digging test holes near a gravel pit pond to determine soil composition for a potential construction project. To ...

Trailering troubles: Use your best practices when driving machines on and off a trailer

Trailering troubles: Use your best practices when...

Posted on May 14, 2014

The accident: The owner of a small construction company that performed excavation work was preparing to backfill a pond. He had transported a dozer to the site ...

A crushing blow: Secure yourself in the event of a rollover

A crushing blow: Secure yourself in the event of a...

Posted on May 14, 2014

The accident: A worker was operating a compactor on a dirt ramp as part of a highway expansion. While she was backing the unit for another pass, ...

Trench troubles: Shortcuts can be deadly

Trench troubles: Shortcuts can be deadly

Posted on May 14, 2014

The accident: A subcontractor was removing old gas, storm and sanitary sewer lines on a site to prepare for new utility lines. A laborer was working in ...

Fuel tank troubles: Take special precautions when welding on diesel tanks

Fuel tank troubles: Take special precautions when...

Posted on May 14, 2014

The accident: A welder had been instructed to find the leak on a truck’s diesel fuel tank. Once he located the leak, the worker was assigned the ...

Be wary of work zones: Know how to stay safe when there’s a lot going on

Be wary of work zones: Know how to stay safe when...

Posted on May 14, 2014

The accident: A heavy equipment operator was part of a crew working on a resurfacing project for a county road. In need of ...

Dangerous demo: Demolition work is unpredictable — be ready for any hazard

Dangerous demo: Demolition work is unpredictable...

Posted on May 14, 2014

The accident: A construction company was demolishing a two-story warehouse. A large portion of the building had already been razed when the second floor ...

Disastrous drops: Falls are the number one cause of death in construction accidents

Disastrous drops: Falls are the number one cause of...

Posted on May 14, 2014

The accident: A bridge repair company was performing work on an interstate highway bridge. A barrier wall had been removed and four inches of ...

Shock-proof yourself: Know the dangers of working around electricity

Shock-proof yourself: Know the dangers of working...

Posted on May 13, 2014

The accident: A crew was setting anchors in preparation for utility pole placement, using a boom truck with auger. Each anchor was attached to ...

Up in the air: Sacrificing safety for convenience could cost you

Up in the air: Sacrificing safety for convenience could...

Posted on May 13, 2014

The accident: A worker was replacing structural steel members on a 280-foot-tall communications tower. Suspended 60 feet in the air, he was preparing to lower ...

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