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The Cost of Accidents

by Debbie George

In addition to their social costs, workplace accidents and injuries have a major impact on your bottom line. You may try to minimize the costs of accidents by saying they are covered by insurance; however, insurance covers only a portion of the total accident cost. Moreover, as the number or the cost of accidents increases, so will your insurance premiums. Accidents directly and indirectly reduce your profitability.

Carl Michelson Rejoins Putzmeister America, Inc. as Technical Services Representative

Putzmeister America, Inc. has rehired Carl Michelson as a full-time technical services representative, responsible for visiting customers onsite to deliver and set up new equipment, conduct education sessions and service older equipment.

Michelson began his career as a technical services representative with Putzmeister 20 years ago. He then worked as a subcontractor for Putzmeister in the Philippines for three years prior to rejoining Putzmeister full-time. He holds an associate’s degree in electronic equipment technology.

Schwing Factory Boom Inspections

In response to increasing customer demand, Schwing America has added another boom inspector to the staff. Chuck Witte, longtime certified boom inspector and former Schwing employee, is back on the job. Witte has performed hundreds of boom inspections throughout his career. “We are grateful to have Chuck back at Schwing because experience is a great asset in boom inspections, and Chuck has tremendous experience,” according to Glen Grabowski, Schwing support manager. The growth in boom inspections is the result of more machines back in service and the growing awareness of boom safety.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Adds John Musslewhite as Sales Manager for Concrete Mixers

Putzmeister America, Inc. has named John Musslewhite sales manager for its new line of concrete mixers. He will be responsible for developing new business and supporting customers in the south central portion of the U.S.

Musslewhite has extensive experience with concrete mixers; he previously worked for 20 years as a sales manager for Continental Mixers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas State University.

Schwing Adds Vice President of Ready Mix Products

Schwing America, has added a vice president / general manager of ready mix products. Aaron Lian joins the company with over 20 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing, with expertise in global business management and new product development.

Commenting on Lian’s hiring, Brian Hazelton, Schwing CEO said, “The ready mix product business is a key part to the overall future success of Schwing America and therefore we must continue to focus on and invest in the proper resources to support and grow this business.”

Putzmeister America, Inc. Adds Krzysztof Jechorek as Technical Services Representative

Putzmeister America, Inc. has hired Krzysztof Jechorek as a technical services representative. In his new role, Jechorek will work with the Putzmeister parts and service department to troubleshoot, diagnose and repair equipment issues for customers.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Adds Valentin Torres as Sales Parts Representative

Putzmeister America, Inc. has hired Valentin Torres as a parts sales representative. In the role, he will be responsible for working directly with customers to ensure their orders are filled accurately and efficiently.

With more than 14 years of customer service and sales experience, Torres joins Putzmeister from Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, where he worked as a service technician and provided bilingual customer service. He holds an associate’s degree in computer networking.

Putzmeister America, Inc.’s Field Service Technicians All OSHA Compliant

Putzmeister America, Inc. now requires all of its field service technicians to be Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) compliant. Each technician is required to take an OSHA outreach training course for the general industry.

“At Putzmeister, we are especially stringent on safety standards,” said Doug Brunet, director of customer support for Putzmeister. “The fact that all of our field service technicians are educated on OSHA regulations benefits our customers on any job site, especially those that are high-profile and closely regulated.”

Putzmeister America, Inc. Promotes Scott Zamecnik to Field Service Technical Support Manager

Putzmeister America, Inc. has promoted Scott Zamecnik to field service technical support manager, responsible for coordinating the efforts of Putzmeister’s technical services representatives.

Zamecnik started his career at Putzmeister in 1998, recently celebrating 15 years with the company. In addition to working in the customer support group, he has worked in Putzmeister’s Telebelt ®, truck-mounted concrete boom pump, large line trailer pump, final finish and test stand departments.

Putzmeister America, Inc. Recognizes Top International Distributors at 2014 ConExpo Trade Show

Putzmeister America, Inc. recognized six of its top international distributor partners with its annual “International Distributor of the Year” awards at a special VIP event in Las Vegas during the 2014 ConExpo trade show.


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