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Seattle-based SafeWorks LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of access and safety solutions, has promoted John Purtle to the newly created position of training manager. Purtle will be primarily responsible for the development and progressive skill improvement of SafeWorks' employees as well as for the execution of learning and technical training programs for the company’s customer base.

"John brings 16 years of industry experience and extensive credentials to this role," says Joe Salter, director of human resources. "Hundreds of capable technicians maintaining SafeWorks' equipment nationwide consistently rank John's instruction as first-rate. We are excited to bring his knowledge and energy to benefit the development of current and future customers and employees."

Prior to joining SafeWorks, Purtle managed the suspended access fleet for Ivy Hi Lift in Las Vegas. He began working for SafeWorks in 1996 as product support manager in the Power Climber division.

In addition, Spider, a division of SafeWorks LLC, has promoted Chris Bates to the newly created position of director of national accounts and industrial access. In this new role, Bates will be responsible for driving incremental business solutions to top facility owners, general contractors and specialty subcontractors.

"This position creates an opportunity to provide our customers with better access solutions by building strategic alliances through national accounts and partnering with our industrial customers," says John Sotiroff, vice president of Spider sales. "Chris' skill set, dedication to the customer, and knowledge of the Spider business and industrial markets make him a perfect fit for this important role."

Bates has over 26 years of experience in the scaffolding industry, spending the past 15 years with Spider. He began with Spider as branch manager in the Washington/Baltimore location and soon progressed to regional management positions.

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