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Hugg & Hall Trainer Helps Write New Industry Standards

Hugg & Hall Trainer Helps Write New Industry Standards

Bob Hendricks (third from left)

Bob Hendricks, a trainer at Hugg & Hall Equipment Company (Hugg & Hall), recently assisted the Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) write the new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A92 standards, a sweeping update which affects manufacturers, renters, dealers and purchasers/users of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs).

“I met on the committees and went over the proposed changes and helped initiate some of the changes,” said Hendricks.

The new regulations replace prior ANSI standards A92.3, A92.5, A92.6 and A92.8 which covered manually propelled aerial, booms, scissors and under-bridge inspection machines. The standards dictate stability, testing and safety requirements to manufacturers so that consumers are provided certified and safe machines for use. The updates are focused on moving North American equipment toward current global standards to reduce variances.

Some of the major changes stemming from the update include terminology changes, platform load sensing technology requirements, new wind force requirements, new stability testing, new railing height requirements, new platform entry requirements and more. Recently, Hendricks noted that some of the most dramatic changes relate to requirements of end-users and supervisors.

“The users and the supervisors having to have more knowledge of how operations work and the risk assessments having to be done,” said Hendricks when asked the biggest change effectuated by the new standards, in his view.

Hendricks believes that the changes were absolutely necessary and that the updated standards will create safer work environments.  

“The risk assessment that the owners/users have to do as well as the risk assessments that the operators have to complete bring more safety,” said Hendricks. “There were too many gray areas created since the last major changes which were more than 20 years ago.”

Hendricks enjoyed assisting the SAIA in writing the standards for ANSI, which will ultimately be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“I loved it,” said Hendricks. “I felt like I was doing something important.”

Hendricks onboarded as a trainer with the company in 2014 and, throughout his time at Hugg & Hall, has trained more than 800 personnel from companies located in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas and more. He has trained for several Fortune 500 companies, including: Siemens, Tyson, Walmart, Cargill, Georgia-Pacific, Firestone Tire, the U.S. Air Force and the Veterans Administration (VA). In addition to these organizations, he has trained for many more small and large businesses/organizations throughout the region.

The company is proud to have Hendricks on their team and thanks him for his hard work and dedication which contributes to safer job sites and a more responsible industry, overall.

Your Guide to Buying Used Equipment

Your Guide to Buying Used Equipment

Step 1: Determine What You Need

The first step is determining what specific machine you need. There are many options even among like machines. For example, rough terrain scissor lifts versus slab scissor lifts. It’s important to become familiar with the ins-and-outs of where the machine will be working, the functions needed and any possible jobsite constraints. Genie’s Aerial Pros recommends looking for factory supported equipment or factory approved vendors. Application-specific recommendations provide added value that enhances both jobsite productivity and total cost of ownership, according to the article published by Aerial Pros.

Step 2: Research Service History

After you determine what kind of machine you actually need and you find one that you think will work for you, it’s important to research the service history on your potential purchase to avoid a catastrophe. Depending on the seller and whether you are buying from owners of an expansive fleet, you may have access to the machine’s in-house service history. Researching the machine using the associated serial number is possible through several manufacturers and may provide some insight on any questionable service history. It’s important to ensure that all uncompleted service needs are completed prior to use.

Step 3: Evaluate Damage

Prior to purchasing, equipment should be evaluated for any noticeable structural and/or surface damages. Minor surface damage may belie a significant collision(s) the machine could have experienced previous to being sold and, if so, can mean that the machine could have some major, unaddressed damages. A reputable third-party, like a factory-approved repair company or partner yard, could provide the relevant guidance needed prior to your purchase, according to an article published by Aerial Pros.

Step 4: Know Your History

It’s generally suggested to reach out to the manufacturer of any used equipment to try to confirm any/all previous owners of your new machine. While equipment previously owned by rental fleets may have many more hours of use, machines owned by the actual users often are not maintained to the same extent. So, this is something to weigh and consider before purchasing pieces of used equipment.

Step 5: Train for Operation

Once you’ve done your research and picked out a machine, the next step should be ensuring that everyone who will be operating the equipment has the appropriate training to do so, safely. Operator training will affect future reliability, as an untrained operator is likely to cause unintended damage or worse, according to an article published by Aerial Pros. So it’s especially important to make sure that operators have the training associated with your new machine.

Hugg & Hall Equipment Company staffs a training team equipped at instructing in operator and pedestrian training on warehouse, yard and rough terrain forklifts. The company also offers training on scissor and boom-type lifts and Bobcat Equipment. Learn more/visit the training page, here.

How to Avoid Common Jobsite Violations

How to Avoid Common Jobsite Violations

Violation: Over-Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica


There are three paths to complying to the new construction standard which requires workers not be exposed to more than 50 µg/m3 of silica dust in an eight-hour period (this is down from the prior standard of 250 µg/m3).

The first path is through complying via the standardized Table 1 method, which is a prescribed method of controls that is commercially available and easy to use. Please find a copy of the standardized Table 1, here.

The second path is via performance or objective data to document that workers are in compliance with the 50 µg/m3 exposure limit.

The third requires periodically testing for a particular application to validate if the user falls under the permissible 50 µg/m3 exposure limit.

Additional requirements include the below. Please see Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1926.1153 for a full listing of requirements.

  • Keeping a written exposure control plan.
  • Designating a key competent person.
  • Compliant worker training.
  • Restriction of housekeeping practices.
  • Written records of trainings, control plans, etc.

Violation: Municipal Noise Ordinance


OSHA recommends that workplace noise levels be kept below 85 dBA as an 8-hour time-weighted average. As the noise level increases, it damages hearing more quickly.

The easiest way to help lower noise levels at work sites, according to OSHA, is to remember a three-step noise hazard control process:

  • Reduce It– reduce the noise by using the quietest equipment available. For example, choose a smaller, quieter generator.
  • Move It– move the equipment farther away with the use of extension cords, additional welding leads and air hoses (following current OSHA standards). Noise levels go down as distance from a noisy object is increased. Move the generator farther away or face it in a direction that is away from where most people are working.
  • Block It– block the noise by building temporary barriers of plywood or other onsite materials to keep noise from escalating.

Proper maintenance of equipment and tools can result in lower noise levels. Changing seals, lubricating parts, using sharp blades and bits, installing mufflers and replacing faulty or worn equipment or parts can reduce noise levels significantly on the job site.

Violation: Lack of or Insufficient Fall Protection


Fall protection infractions topped OSHA’s annual ‘Top 10’ list of most frequently cited violations in 2018, according to an article published by the National Safety Council. This is the eighth consecutive year that fall protection infractions topped OSHA’s annual list.

Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, according to OSHA. As such, it’s vitally important to review OSHA’s fall protection standards to avoid safety violation and, more importantly, any safety-related incidences.

OSHA recommends organizations follow the below three-step process to ensure operations are conducted safely.

1. Plan for safety 

It’s crucial for employers to plan for safety. A safety plan may include mapping out the tasks involved and finding the safest route to completing these tasks. Another important factor is determining the equipment needed and making sure any safety gear is provided and all safety procedures have been trained for and are followed. Another important facet of a safety plan is to include all safety costs in the overall project estimates and have all the necessary equipment and tools available at the site.

A number of factors are often involved in falls, including unstable working surfaces, misuse or failure to use fall protection equipment and human error, according to OSHA. Studies have shown that using guardrails, fall arrest systems, safety nets, covers and restraint systems can prevent many deaths and injuries from falls. To avoid fall-related accidents consider using aerial lifts or elevated platforms to provide safer elevated working surfaces, erect guardrail systems with toeboards and warning lines or install control line systems to protect workers near the edges of floors and roofs, cover floor holes and/or use safety net systems or personal fall arrest systems (body harnesses).

2. Provide the right equipment

Workers who are six feet or more above lower levels are at risk for serious injury or death if they should fall. To protect these workers, employers must provide fall protection and the right equipment for the job, including the right kinds of ladders, scaffolds/elevating work platforms and safety gear.

3. Train for safety

Every worker should be trained for safety and fall protection protocols. OSHA provides many educational resources for workers and employers, here.

Employee Spotlight: Susie Teague

Susie Teague

Susie Teague

Meet Susie Teague our most recent Employee Spotlight!

Susie Teague works as the lead service administrator at the company’s Fort Smith, Arkansas location. Her typical day involves processing warranty work orders, creating & receiving purchase orders, assisting with day to day problems & concerns, and much more. Before receiving her current role as lead administrator, Susie worked as the service administrator assigned specifically to the Gerdau account.

Teague recently said that her favorite things about her job are all the friendships made along the way, in addition to the family like environment. When asked her favorite memory of her time with Hugg & Hall, Susie said, “When my youngest son got to meet our Bobcat salesman, Mr. Bobcat (Rob Ledbetter).”

Teague is married and she and her husband, Josh, have two sons: Brody (10) and Drake (7). Outside of work, she enjoys attending her boys’ sporting events and advocating for her husband, who has kidney disease, and youngest son (tourette syndrome and epilepsy).

The company would like to send out a huge thank you to Susie Teague for all of her hard work and dedication to Hugg & Hall! To start your own career with Hugg & Hall, visit our hiring site today!

Employee Spotlight: Billy Baldwin

Billy Baldwin

Billy Baldwin

Meet Billy Baldwin!

Baldwin is the new rental coordinator working at the Oklahoma City, Okla., Hugg & Hall Equipment location and recently onboarded with the company in January. Before starting at Hugg & Hall, Baldwin spent 21 years in the medical sales field. His day to day responsibilities as a rental coordinator include assisting customers in determining what equipment they need for their projects and tracking down the right pieces for the best deal.

Recently, Baldwin said that his favorite thing about his job is helping grow the company’s rental business through fostering customer partnerships and bringing value to their businesses.

“Closing my first big rental deal on a 130’ boom,” said Baldwin, when asked his favorite memory of his time at the company so far.

Baldwin is from Edmond, Okla., and has one daughter (10). He is passionate about raising his daughter and, outside of work, enjoys spending time with his family (they love spending time at the lake together).

“I’m excited to join the Hugg & Hall team,” said Baldwin.

The company would like to officially welcome Baldwin to the team and thanks him for his continued hard work and dedication. To start your own Hugg & Hall story, visit our hiring site.

MEWP Maintenance Tips

MEWP Maintenance Tips

Preventative maintenance

Scheduled inspections and preventative maintenance is the number one way to help guarantee the best performance from your equipment, according to an article recently published on Aerial Pros.

Preventative maintenance refers to precautionary work performed on equipment with the express purpose of limiting the possibility of unexpected failure. Regularly inspecting your equipment, and making it a priority to schedule a preventive maintenance routine, will help you identify any small issues before they become big, expensive issues. This will also help prevent any major downtime related to your machine and any associated limitations to ongoing projects.

Potential reliability issues are cheaper and easier to fix the earlier they’re spotted, according to Aerial Pros.

OEM parts

Another major maintenance tip is to always use replacement parts from your machine’s original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Non-OEM replacement parts may fit your machine but oftentimes are far less reliable and can create unwanted downtime.

Replacement parts that aren’t factory-fitted might physically fit, but they may not work as well and often cause downtime, according to Aerial Pros. Joysticks, for example, can cause issues — they can be the wrong style, that either doesn’t work with your unit, work poorly (operating in one direction but not another) or for a very short period of time.

When operating with large machinery it’s better to be safe than to save a dollar. Always use OEM parts to better ensure your machine is running optimally and to better protect yourself from unnecessary repairs, costs and downtime.

Performance tracking

Another pro tip for keeping your machines running smoothly (with limited downtime) is to keep track of performance and costs. The ability to track trends related to frequency and types of maintenance requirements will save you time and money by allowing for the ability to prepare for events before they happen.

Waiting on parts to arrive and repairs to happen can be major causes of unplanned downtime. So, your ability to quickly order and receive OEM parts, as well as the age of units your OEM services, are important factors for your machine’s reliability, according to Aerial Pros.

Tracking the cost of repairs and upkeep on your machine will also be beneficial for the purpose of determining when your machine is no longer a cost-effective asset. Keeping track of performance and cost trends will help you know when it’s time to release or upgrade a machine.