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KAH_0035.JPGAfter 43 dedicated years to Wazee Crane, Jim Andrews is retiring. The official date is scheduled for early 2015. Jim will continue to support the team throughout his transition on a part-time basis through June of 2015. We are all grateful for Jim’s time and dedication to growing the Crane division and the company as a whole into what it is today. Jim will be greatly missed as he transitions into full retirement. Please join us in appreciating Jim and his career. 


Wazee Crane recently built a mono-box girder crane. This fabricated bridge girder is for a single girder crane, 10 ton capacity, with a 98’ span. The girder weighs over 21,000 lbs and measures in excess of 4 feet tall. It is welded together from individual plates including internal stiffeners inside the girder to help its integrity. The crane will be shipping to an Army Reserve center in Nevada and installed in a vehicle maintenance facility. The job was sold by Chris S. and the girder was fabricated by Bob H. and Wayne B.

An H&N Wind customer has quadrupled the amount of turbines and PO’s since work began on a recent project at local wind farm. Due to the outstanding work of the techs, we’ve gotten many compliments and added work from the customer. We are currently slated for 18 large correctives total. The project is being managed by Josh M. 

Wazee Electric motor shop is extending its reach. The team recently picked up our first motors from a Power Plant outside of Salt Lake City, UT. Ron T. and Carl M. teamed up to explore stored motor maintenance as well as repairing their large equipment. With the addition of our ‘Motor express’ truck, we can expect even more business out of the Salt Lake and Rock Springs areas.


Crane would like to recognize David R. Most recently David provided valuable support on a project in Cheyenne, Wyoming. David is a valued member of the team. He is being recognized for the effort he puts in day in and day out and for his drive to constantly improve himself and his skills. David is a true team player, always sharing his knowledge and training others on staff, and putting in 100% on every job.


I want to take this opportunity to thank Jim Andrews for 43 great years of service with Wazee. 

In 1970 my grandfather hired Jim to work with my father to help build a new material handling business group. Business was slow the first couple of years and cranes were built along side of motors that were being repaired in the shop. Orders continued to come in and eventually the crane division was relocated into the building that today is our Denver motor shop. Two years later they outgrew that facility and moved to the location on Santa Fe Drive where they successfully built cranes for over 30 years. 

Most recently, crane relocated to a new state-of-the-art facility in Broomfield, Colorado. It is the largest building under roof in the Wazee/H&N family. All of this growth and progress wouldn’t of been possible without Jim and his leadership. I know I speak for the entire team when I say that Jim will be greatly missed. I wish him the best as he starts a new chapter in his life. Please join me in thanking Jim.




At least 6 of 10 people have experienced some sort of back pain or back injury. Most back injuries occur from long-term abuse on the back that slowly deforms the cushion discs between the vertebrae. Sooner or later they tear and push out the back putting pressure on the spinal nerve. Risks for back injury are increased by factors like obesity, poor posture, slips or falls, twisting, or lifting loads in excess of 100lbs. 

To prevent back injuries while lifting:

· Keep lifts within your power zone, between the shoulders and knees

· Build a bridge and take weight off of your back

· Use a staggered stance, tighten your abs and use your legs to lift

· Use carts, dollies or forklifts, or ask for help! 

Back injuries on the job can cost companies big money. Approximately 25% of workers compensation injuries are back related. And once someone has suffered a back injury they are 4x more likely to suffer another one. This can be prevented by taking proper precautions on the job.